...who have spent many sessions over the years getting baked by the sun. So, as I lament over all the good surf I have missed the last couple of months and read all about the good sessions you guys have been having (In PeaJ's thread). I thought I would share this (Not to bum everyone out but just a heads up). Late last year, after procrastinating a couple of years, I went to a dermatologist to get a couple of moles checked out on my back. I have virtually spent my entire life in the sun...sunscreen back in the day was not used (until Zinc came out . One of the two came back positive for Melanoma (aggressive type of skin cancer). It was Melanoma in situ (stage 0....thankfully very early). It was removed, others where tested, and stitches in my back for weeks and weeks...hence the down time in the water. Anyway, two weeks ago, a friend died unexpectedly (he was very private about his situation). He died of advanced stage Melanoma. RIP Chris. The reason I procrastinated (which is lame) is, I have darker skin (native American heritage), and thought only fare skin was at risk. PSA: If you think you have an abnormal mole on your skin...get it checked out! Peace.