"Take care of yourselves and each other, and always remember my motto:
Itís ok to work hard, as long as you play harder."
in an email to his parents 7/02
April 28, 2003
I had been waiting for the perfect time to ride Joe's surfboard and the day finally came. I felt that Joe and I always had a similar interest in the type of boards we bought or had shaped for us. We both liked fast and snappy boards for the small South Carolina waves we surfed throughout our college years. Surfing at the Washout, Folly Beach last Tuesday, brought back many memories of us. I had been wondering for months what Joe's thoughts had been on his 6'1 shortboard from Australia. Back in November, Mr. and Mrs. Milligan gave me that board. I was speechless. Recently, I heard one of Joe's and my most favorite surf companies, "LOST", was coming to Folly Beach to put on a surf contest. Joe had this hat he always wore in his last year we lived together in Charleston. It was white with a Martini glass which said ...Lost. It was just a classic hat for Joe. He even had a couple "LOST" surfboards. Lost also made the best surf vid's that we watched over and over again. I know Joe would have been really stoked to know LOST was having a contest in Charleston and a new video release party at the washout. I thought it was a perfect time to just paddle out in dedication to Joe. It was one of our favorite surf companies that brings me so many memories. I wanted to ride Joe's board, which was hanging in my room, for the first time. I was a little worried the day would be canceled due to flat waves, but overnight some ridable waves picked up for Tuesday morning. The waves were not really big or perfect, but it was what Joe and I had surfed everyday in South Carolina. Small, fun, clean waves. After riding his board on my first wave, it became obvious to me what his feelings had been on that board. I knew he loved and enjoyed the board because IT WAS for sure fast and snappy. I was so stoked all day! I felt like Joe was with me the whole time. It was such a perfect day all together with sun and super fun waves! In November after Mr. Milligan gave me that board, he looked at me and said, "Use it and abuse it, it's what Joe would have wanted". I will, and Thank you. And thanks Joe, I miss you, my brother.
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