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January 21st, 2018 The RUN is 12 out of 12 Weeks.
Waist high or better at least once a week.

There were waist to head high all week January 14th -19th, 2018
Send your SURF Pics to me directly to ralph@adlantic.com.
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Local Tragedy, AFC Championship Snafu, Government Shutdown, and the "House of Horrors" in California.  



David Kohlhase 18 years old of Rye, NH lost his life this week in a tragic accident. He was killed while sledding down a mountain with friends at night in Maine. 17 year old Max Malila is still in critical condition. The reasons why he died, is of little importance, as to how he lived. From all of those who knew David, he was quite a remarkable young man. A senior in High School, David was looking forward to getting his Captain's license. As these two photos proves, he had a passion for fishing and the sea.



For you land lubbers, that's one big Tuna! I remember when he caught this.

I also know of men who have spent their entire adult lives dreaming of hooking into a big Tuna, and never achieving that dream. The fact that an 18yr old could haul in a fish of that magnitude speaks volumes of what kind of man could accomplish such a feat.

One local surfer Kai Nichols knew David well enough to have joined him many times out at sea. Including the day he hooked into this beast of a Tuna. 565lbs of fight in that fish. Lars Hamilton another local surfer was with them. Just the three of those young men. "David was a hardworking, humble man. He are forever brothers in this life, and the next." Kai told me. Those memories they shared will last forever.

Dealing with losing a friend of your own age is difficult. Lord knows, I've lost a few being 18years old in Vietnam. It's not something you get used to. I know this is not the same, but that loss and the feeling of emptiness is.

Right now, David's friends and family need prayers and good thoughts.

And after the grieving period is over, they should do and create some positive events in his memory. The main thing is to remember. The more you speak of him and run events in his memory, the longer he stays with you. Remembering is the word to hold dear today. Remember David Kohlhase.



Remember David Kohlhase and pray for his family.

Meanwhile, we offer our condolences to his family from the Surfers of NH and beyond. And a special Get well to Max.

OK the other semi tragic news this week has to be Tom Brady and his hand.
I swear, it always seems like something pops up before a big game with this team. And unfortunately, 9 out of 10 times it's an injury. But I can think of no other injury more concerning than Brady's throwing hand. Can you?



It's interesting and amusing to hear all the theories being bandied about. "This is a ploy! He's not really hurt. Hoya will start. The sky is falling!" Look, it's not a ploy. They don't need to create phony scenarios to beat any opponent. The man is hurt. Caught his throwing hand on the buckle of one of his teammates. He cut his thumb up near the knuckle. The cut required four stitches. Four stitches in his throwing hand.



He wore gloves to his press conference. He was mum on all questions concerning his hand and throwing ability. He was also very elusive on whether or not he'd start the game. This is serious.



And nobody is more serious than this man. I have to admit I love watching his press conferences. How he is able to keep that straight face when he knowingly gives the most insulting answers to questions from the timid media. They are all terrified of him. It's amusing to me. He's not exactly Mr Nice.



OK so last week on social media I posted this old photo of me from 1974. Someone said I looked like George Harrison. So I created this photoshop, putting George and I side by side. I don't know, I guess I kind of see it. But then again, I kind don't. Flattering for sure. I mean George is a Beatle!
And I LOVED The Beatles.

"Remembering Those We Lost Heals All Wounds"




 



Julie Jakoboski back in 2013. That's five years ago now. She was still wearing a leash back then. Not any more. It's hard to believe this was 5 years ago. It's also hard to believe that we are coming up on 4 years of Ed's passing. Time waits for no one. Photo by Ed O'Connell
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Now for Some Local, National and International News
This morning the US Government is CLOSED. The two warring parties in our country could not see eye to eye so the DOORS CLOSED. I wish someone could explain to me how the Congress and the Senate will still Get paid in a Government Shutdown. You know, the more things change, the more they stay the same. To me, it's politics as usual.



They can't help themselves. They hate each other. It's Dammed if you do, and dammed if you don't.

Speaking of hate...this.



Every now and then a story finds it's way onto the news and Internet that just stops me cold in my steps. These two evil sons of bitches are being charged with torturing and other horrendous acts on their 13 children. You know, I was wondering whatever happened to Sonny and Cher.

I won't write their names. They are not worthy of anything but disdain and punishment. Hopefully their children will end up in a good home and environment, and undergo years of therapy, to help them deal with living with these two monster parents.

There is a hell. And sometimes it's right next door.

KSM Photoshop of the Week
The appearance of the two monster parents was another media circus. And none of us should be surprised that the most evil of all human beings still left on this planet was present and working with the defense team. How the hell KSM got this job is yet another mystery. How does KSM show up in these weekly scenes?
I guess I'm to blame here. After all, I'm Mr Photoshop.



So my friends, please take advantage of this weekly photo shop of the mastermind who planned 9-11 and resulted in the deaths
of 3,000 innocent civilians by KSM (Khalid Sheik Mohammed).

*Note to self -must pick up a case of "Rogaine for Women" at Home Depot this week.



CONDOLENCES to the Kohlhase family of Rye NH for the
loss of their son David.
GET WELL Max Malila in your recovery!
GET WELL JoEllen Bunton Sending positive thoughts and prayers to you!!

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Yesterday- Corey Howard and Uncle Robin. Circa 1970's
(Below) This is the reason why the Internet is so good. Having old photos of old friends surface and to be able to share them with the world. Corey Howard sent this to me months ago along with another pic of the two of them together. Robin is a dear old friend who used to surf with us out here. I have said many things about Robin in the past. He was and will always be one of the best surfers I have ever seen. Corey now lives out on the west coast near his uncle. Corey's mom Wendy was another icon back here. She passed away way too young. I'll post a photo of Wendy one week. Meanwhile enjoy this photo.
Photo courtesy of Corey Howard


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Today- The Snow and Surf from January 18th, 2018
Photos by RALPH
 


(Above) This gull looked so warm and content. Thursday January 18th, 2018. Photo by RALPH *Click on the photo above to see the whole gallery




(Above) The empty wave shot allows you to use your imagination.
Thursday January 18th, 2018.
Photo by RALPH
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(Above) What's better than two scoops of sweetness? Not much.
Thursday January 18th, 2018.
Photo by RALPH
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(Above) A favorite angle of mine. Thursday January 18th, 2018.
Photo by RALPH
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(Above)
Sugar coated Beach Cottages. Thursday January 18th, 2018.
Photo by RALPH
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(Above) Pev up on the nose again and in full glide mode.
Thursday January 18th, 2018.
Photo by RALPH
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(Above) Unknown stalling for hollowness. Thursday January 18th, 2018.
Photo by RALPH
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(Above) This is one of those winter scenes that surf photographers look for.
Thursday January 18th, 2018.
Photo by RALPH
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(Above) That bowl is about to heave. Thursday January 18th, 2018.
Photo by RALPH
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(Above) "Keep your eyes on the road and your hands upon the wheel."
Thursday January 18th, 2018.
Photo by RALPH
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Today- The Wild Sky and Surf from January 16th, 2018
Photos by RALPH




(Above)
Kyle Linseman leaning into a folding section.
Tuesday January 16th, 2018.
Photo by RALPH
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(Above) The Shoals offer a nice backdrop on certain days.
Tuesday January 16th, 2018.
Photo by RALPH
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(Above) There's a magical world in the shorebreak.
Tuesday January 16th, 2018.
Photo by RALPH
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(Above) And there's a magical world in the sky too.
Tuesday January 16th, 2018.
Photo by RALPH
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(Above) " I buried him right over here somewhere." Sea Glass hunters or Forensic Files? Tuesday January 16th, 2018. Photo by RALPH
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(Above) Kai Nichols leaning into a glass wall. Tuesday January 16th, 2018. Photo by RALPH *Click on the photo above to see the whole gallery




(Above) They practice landings and take-offs all day long.
Tuesday January 16th, 2018.
Photo by RALPH
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(Above) Hopefully they will remain friends for a long time.
Tuesday January 16th, 2018.
Photo by RALPH
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(Above) There's a reason why nobody is sitting where that wave is breaking.
Tuesday January 16th, 2018.
Photo by RALPH
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(Above) When the wind blows out of the northwest the clouds become waves themselves. Tuesday January 16th, 2018. Photo by RALPH
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Today- The WALL Surf from January 14th, 2018
Photos by RALPH




(Above) Why the Wall? Why the hell not? Sunday January 14th, 2018.
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(Above)
When the conditions are right, there's really no better wave.
Sunday January 14th, 2018.
Photo by RALPH
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(Above) Sitting comfortably while snapping pics of her man.
Sunday January 14th, 2018
Photo by RALPH
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(Above) When the gull soars over the line-up, nobody cares to look up.
Sunday January 14th, 2018.
Photo by RALPH
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(Above) Erik Cannon was out picking off all the good ones.
Sunday January 14th, 2018.
Photo by RALPH
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(Above) This was one of those pleasant surprises I sometimes get without really knowing the results until I get back to the studio. Two barrels!
Sunday January 14th, 2018.
Photo by RALPH
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(Above) Fins out and he knows it. Whoever he is. Sunday January 14th, 2018. Photo by RALPH *Click on the photo above to see the whole gallery








(Above) Newcomer to the surfing community Marrtje Bertrans.
Sunday January 14th, 2018.
Photo by RALPH
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(Above) I love her pose on this wave. That's cool in a nutshell.
Sunday January 14th, 2018.
Photo by RALPH
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(Above) I think this might be Brian Taber. Sunday January 14th, 2018.
Photo by RALPH
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New England's Most Accessible Resort




Ski All Day And into The Night







(Above) Unknown taking a good one home. Sunday January 14th, 2018.
Photo by RALPH
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North Conway's Family Mountain




Southern New Hampshire's Favorite Mountain




(Above) The end of the day, and well worth the hassle.
Sunday January 14th, 2018.
Photo by RALPH
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(Above) David Powers always sends me the coolest empty snow wave pics from out west. January 12th, 2018 Photo by David Powers
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(Above)
And speaking of cool...Mindy Bocko's great capture of a Snowy Owl with an actual wave behind it. I think this might be the first one of it's kind. January 15th, 2018 Photo by Mindy Bocko
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Great New Marine Forecast




   


(Above) Please keep sending me pics Kaya these are great! Kai Nichols
Saturday January 13th, 2018.
Photo by
Kaya Aurora Cadagan
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(Above) Lars Hamilton Saturday January 13th, 2018.
Photo by
Kaya Aurora Cadagan
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What a Wonderful Seacoast We Live In January 18, 2018
from Ralph's Pic Of The Week on Vimeo.

These are just some scenic winter shots of the seacoast this week. There's no surfing. And, there's no human beings period. Just some empty waves and some snow covered rocks and cottages. Satchmo provides the music. It's pretty mellow viewing and listening. I dedicated this short web edit to David Kohlhase and his family.




BOMB CYCLONE 1-5-18 from Ralph's Pic Of The Week on Vimeo.

They called it a BOMB CYCLONE. It looked like a big ole nasty Nor'easter to me and my friends. But who am I to question the weathermen? I thought the name was cool, so I went with it. It was a significant storm. Lots of snow and ice. And a whole lot of wind. As in blustery in your face kind of wind. Any way, here it is, the BOMB Cyclone swell. Hope you like it.

Team Chili's 2017 And1 Mixtape Tour from Ralph's Pic Of The Week on Vimeo.

Here is the 2017 Team Chili's And1 Mixtape in all of its glory filmed mostly by Ralph and edited by Max. 25mins of consistent blue collar on rail surfing and horseplay. Watch in it 1080p so your eyes don't bleed.



CHRISTMAS DAY 12-25-17 from Ralph's Pic Of The Week on Vimeo.

Merry Christmas! We had a white Christmas on December 25th, 2017 and a really fun swell. There was a handful of local NH surfers who scored on this most blessed day. And if they were going to surf, I was going to shoot. Not gonna lie folks, it was as cold as it gets around here. Not complaining...wait yes I am. It was cold! Any way the surfers in this web edit are Lars Hamilton, Matt Colby, Becca Speak, and Harrison Speak.

Have a safe and Happy New Year!




When The Sea Breathes 12-28-17 from Ralph's Pic Of The Week on Vimeo.

My first ever footage with my new SONY 4K camcorder. The Sea-smoke we get every winter was the perfect setting for my first time out. Bundle up, it's pretty cold watching this clip. Hope you like it.



 

 

 

 

 

 

 


















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ALL RISE: The 10th Street District Court Of Surf is Now in Session.

The Honorable Judge RALPH presiding. CASE #455
BLATANT DROP IN OF THE WEEK- Click the image above to see the outcome of this Surf Crime and the
Verdict that was rendered.
Photo by RALPH

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Looks like surf Tuesday and Wednesday



One star is better than no stars.
 
This is what happens when you get caught dropping in on someone.
You end up here.
 
 

January 21st, 2018
"I know the surf is 30' plus out there, but I'm gonna catch me one!!???"




(Above) This is a legit pic from Northern California. Maybe someone should have stopped him. Or maybe not. photo by The Google Machine


 




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