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December 31, 2009


Happy New Year Ralph..hope you enjoy a happy healthy new year with lots of surf and great photos


Same to you my friend...same to you.

December 30, 2009


Just got your RUN DVD last night when I got home from the HR, and thanks for that. Watched it this morning, and dug it. Here’s some impressions:

*The intro; thank GOD you came to your senses and began doing those intro’s again in your films. They are an integral part of what you do, and my guess is many others were telling you the same thing.

*Wave size: God bless you for now introducing the culture to my penis measurement thing as compared to wave height measurement. That was a good one.

*Cracky? I was cracking up, though your Daughter should have really laid into you much harder.

*Who was that bald guy on that wild little squigg board? That thing was kinky.

*Kassia Meador is beautiful, though her riding that board would like me riding a 27’ surfboard if you compute the weight to float formula…in other words, it’s easier to glide around when you have the floatation of the SS Nimitz.

*Little Mackey V? He ain’t so little any more.

I loved all of it Thanks again, it was highly enjoyable.

Jeff (Central Cal)'s hard to believe that is my 15th movie since 1999.

December 29, 2009

Hey Merry Happy again my friend nice column this week
The RUN Movie was killer. great waves man we have been lucky I really love the empty wave stuff but I could be in the minority there.
Thanks So much for using my music it really means alot to me!


Thanks Skip and thank you for Todo Bien tunes.

December 22, 2009


Even if we can’t agree on politics, we can unite in our singular hatred of golfing.
Nobody is loving this Tiger Woods debacle more than me.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!


Jeff (California)

I don't hate Golf. I just don't get it. I think the whole Tiger Woods deal is pretty funny .

December 20, 2009


I saw some photos that you had posted of Felipe Pomar. I have an old photo of my mom and Felipe Pomar in Hawaii. I was going to try to send it to him so he could sign it and then I could surprise her with it. She said she knew this big surfer but we always thought she was joking. Not so. She sent me the slide for keeping but I thought it might be nice to get it autographed.

I thought you might have his email or address so I can send the picture.

Many thanks


Your Mom and Felipe? H-m-m-m-m.

December 18, 2009

Touching note. I am humbled. And that is a great Christmas card- yes CHRISTMAS! Really classy card, Ralph. And I thank you for what you have done to make my (and fellow vets) service continue to mean something. I was never really proud of serving. I just did it. You remind us and the civi's what its all about to serve and to sacrifice and you keep it in perspective with this crazy world in which we live.

To us surfers in NH, you have become the media epi-center for the Seacoast NH surf scene. You are what the Chevy 350 was to Detroit, the Johnny Carson was to late night TV, the Stratocaster is to rock 'n' roll. Your documentation and enthusiasm has no doubt had an effect on local shops, on the thrill of a surfer getting in RPOTW and our behavior as surfers in the water and out. Thank you for all you do as well.
Right on!
Your nocturnal counterpart,

Thanks're a good man and a good friend.

December 18, 2009

Hey Ralph....Sean here just got back from rincon, pr and a heads up to anyone headed to pr...there has been some car break ins as of late in rincon area so just travel smart ....caught head- 2' ovhd marias/pistons.el punta was crowded....merry christmas!!!!


Thanks Sean...everyone hear this? Watch your valuables in PR this winter.

December 18, 2009


OK, so there was no gridlock of stretch limousines, no red carpet, no scantly clad anorexic interchangeable starlets, no champagne, no celebrity chef snacks, but on a freezing cold December morning, the World Premier of Run, delivered in a cardboard box to the Cinnamon Rainbows Surf Shop, did happen. We have photographic proof.


Ha! That's funny

December 17, 2009

Hey Ralph there was a picture of myself surfing on Nov. 15 but I cant find it now? Any sugestions?


Look in the archives...?


December 16, 2009


I have only watched The RUN 3 times so far, so what can I tell you that you don't already know? The footage is fantastic, the music is great, the pacing is great, the humor is great, the interviews (particularly Steve O'Hara) are great.

If there were any suprises, it would be how well you intergrated the stills into the footage to act as sort of perfect puncuation.

The transitions are perfect and totally unpredictable, a fade, then a dissolve, then some wild graphics, excellent visuals.

Mike Moran's surfing, weather slow motion or real time, man, I could watch that all day.

I can't believe how well all of the early morning backlight footage came out, especially in the tough low fall light. Great mood footage.

Those Chowderheads long shots were awesome, really captured how intense that barrel seems.

I Thought it was great, Great job.


Thanks Ed and thank you for being such a huge help in the movie and the weekly column.
I'm glad we became such good friends in the last few years.

December 16, 2009

Ralph (aka Crackie),
Overall The RUN was really good. I especially liked the opening 5 minutes.It picked up again with Crackie (tell Noelle she did a great job). Local artists were good, your instrumental guitar piece was very good, interviews were good.The end brought tears to my eyes. We lost good people too young this year- really a bummer. You definitely captured the spirit- the good, the glad, the bad and the sad- of "the run" of 2009.
Oh, the drop-in section was good
I will watch it again and again.
Right on!

Chrissy said your box was well done (she is a graphic design grad) and enjoyed the movie as well.


Thanks Johnny and Chrissy.

December 16, 2009

Hi Ralph,

I look forward to reading your Pic of the Week page every Monday - especially after a good swell. It's great to check out the pictures that you and the other local photographers take at all the different spots.

I thought I saw you shooting this past Thursday morning and was happy to see that you got a couple of pictures of me (unknown in #15 and #22).

I have some other pics of myself surfing while traveling, but don't have too many good local shots. If it's not too much trouble, would you be able to send me the full size versions?


Mike L

Thanks Mike. Yes I can send you full size versions for a fee. I Charge $20pr High Res version or $15 per pic if you get more than one.

December 14, 2009


I like the fact that if you are a self-declared enemy of America , Running into a Marine outfit
in combat is your worst nightmare...

And that your health record is either about to get a lot thicker, or be closed out entirely.
I like the fact that Marines are steadfast and consistent in everything they
Do... Regardless of whether you agree with them or not.

I like the fact that Marines view the term 'politically correct' with Nothing but pure disdain.

I like the fact that Marines stand tall and rigid in their actions, thoughts, And deeds, when others bend with the direction of the wind and are as confused as A dog looking at a
ceiling fan.

I like the fact that each and every Marine considers the honor and legacy of
The Corps as his personal and sacred trust to protect and defend.

I like the fact that most civilians don't have a clue what makes us tick. And that's not a bad thing. Because if they did, it would probably scare the Hell out of them.

I like the fact that others say they want to be like us, but don't have
What it takes in the Pain-Gain-Pride department to make it happen.

I like the fact that the Marines came into being in a bar, named Tun Tavern. And That
Marines still gather in pubs, bars and slop chutes to share sea stories and Hot scoop.

I like the fact that Marines do not consider it a coincidence that there are 24 hours in a day and 24 beers in a case.. Because Marines know there is a reason For everything that happens.

I like our motto... SEMPER FIDELIS, And the fact that we don't shed it When the going gets tough, the battlefield gets deadly or when we hang up our Uniform for the last time.

I like the fact that Marines take care of each other... In combat and time of Peace.

I like the fact that Marines know the difference between 'Chicken Salad' and 'Chicken Shit'
and aren't afraid to call either for What it is.

I like the fact that the people of America hold Marines in the highest esteem And that they know that they can count on us to locate, close with, and destroy Those who would
harm them.

I like the fact that people think we are cocky.... Yet we know that we have Confidence in everything we do and the fact that they don't know the taste Of that makes them look at us
as if we are arrogant.

I like that fact that we know the taste of freedom and would give our very Lives for it.
And that it is a taste the protected will ever know.

I like the fact that Ronald Reagan said... 'Some people spend an entire
Lifetime wondering if they made a difference... Marines don't have that Problem!'

I like the fact that we are brothers to the end.... And that no matter what
Happens in life, we know that we have one another's 'six'.

I like the fact that an elected member of congress felt compelled to Publicly accuse the Marine Corps of being 'radical and extreme'. And I Also like the fact that our Commandant informed that member of congress that she Was absolutely correct and that he passed on
his thanks for the Compliment.

I like the fact that Marine leaders - of every rank - know that issuing every Man and woman a black beret - or polka-dotted boxer shorts for that matter - Does absolutely nothing to promote morale, fighting spirit or combat Effectiveness.

I like the fact that Marines are Marines first... Regardless of age, race, Creed, color, sex, and national origin, or how long they served, their former Rank, or what goals they achieve in life.

I like Marines...and I love the fact that I am humbled to walk among the ranks
Of other Marines.

I like the fact that you always know where you stand with a Marine. With Marines, there is no middle ground or gray area. There are only Missions, Objectives and Facts.

In closing...if you aren't a Marine, the next best thing is to have a Marine for a husband, wife, and father, mother, brother, sister, son, daughter, best friend, or friend.
(Often Tested, Always Faithful, Brothers Forever)


Thanks for sending this David. Semper Fi brother.

December 14, 2009

Ralph- thanks for the style points on this one! I left the yellow log at home and pulled out the green performance longboard for this session.

I'd like to add that to the prior request for photos and anything else you have from that session. Can't beat head high+ at Linkies with offshore winds!!


Michael M

Thanks Michael glad you like the pics and thanks for buying the high res versions.

December 10, 2009


Very sad to learn of the passing of Mike Paugh’s wife, Linda. When things settle down a little for Mike, please give him my condolences.

THANK YOU FOR WARNING EVERYONE TO GET SCREENED FOR CANCER, IT CAN SAVE SO MANY LIVES !!! With early detection and modern medicine, cancer no longer has to be a death sentence.

Thanks again!

Glenn M


How ‘bout Greg Long winning The Eddie? Guts and nuts!!
I get scared just lookin’ at the photos of waves that big.

Thanks Glenn I'll let Mike know...and I hear you on the Big Waves. No Thank you.

December 9, 2009

We've had small to no surf for a stretch, but the HUGE swell that hit
Hawaii has landed on the Californa shores! We're not seeing the 35-40
foot surf they had a the Eddie, but definitely seeing head high to a
couple feet over, and tomorrow should be even bigger.

Attached are images from today in South County LA. Not exactly sure where
I'm heading for tomorrow's session, but I'll send you the results!

That's some big Surf Ben, Thanks ...Ralph

December 9, 2009

My condolences to Mike his family and all within the community.

Our family has lost a couple of folks recently and your thoughtful prose is heartfelt and inspirational.

Thank you for sharing your thoughts.


Tom H
Thanks Tom...Ralph

December 8, 2009
Hi Ralph

Your piece about Linda was so heart felt - really wonderful. I am still trying to wrap my mind around the fact that she has died. The news about Linda, even though I had a feeling it was coming soon, just hit me really hard. The last time I saw her (in September) she looked so great, was in a spunky/zippy mood - and was trying to be so positive about everything - despite recent (and serious sounding) health setbacks. My memories of Linda will always be - what a gutsy, strong and positive person in the face of such unfair shit.

Really nice and positive piece Ralph for everyone to read after hearing such sad news.


This has been hard on the whole community. In light of recent losses, it's just another reminder of how fragile life really is. Pray for Linda's soul and pray for Mike.

December 8, 2009
Hey Ralph,

I received word the other day about Linda. Fortunately I went over Mike's a few weeks back and hung out for awhile with him, Stein and Teresa, left a card with Mike to give to Linda. She was a good friend to me and was very supportive to me when my mother fought and thankfully beat cancer - along with being a great friend overall.

I was glad to see the endearing words you written for her on your site. Hope you are well, likely will see you later this week at the wake. I am leaving work at 2 or so on Thursday to head up there. Obviously dont want to 'promote' this, but I am sure that there are many surfers, who knew Linda and Mike fairly well, that may not be aware. Perhaps they would like to pray for them, send a donation in her name to Ovarian Cancer research or send flowers.

Since you are older and wiser and have known them longer than I, I thought it made sense to bounce it off of you.

Regards, Tim

Tim: I'd hold off until this settles down and we have a chance to speak wth Mike. It is all still too raw . Thanks. Ralph

December 8, 2009

I just learned that I am guilty as charged in latest drop in. Jon Gozzo just sent it to me. I was the invisible man on the SUP. I am pretty careful about that ...although the pic does not plead my case. I think I did catch it earlier but given the vehicle I often get off the wave if I see an LB in position. That was a great day out there. Looks like you were in good position for shots. Any other good ones of that Invisiable MAN. :) I really enjoyed your piece about Linda. I dont know them but it was very well written and moving.

Take care,

No worries...just look both ways before SUPPIN. Thank you about the Linda piece.

December 7, 2009

Hey Ralph-And that is neither here nor there. J---- called me yesterday morning to tell me that Linda had passed.

Ralph, I have to personally thank you for such a beautifully written and inspirational “memorial” to Linda and really, to all of us fortunate enough to know it exists. I am very touched by your words.

There is nothing more tragic for tragedy to happen and not learn from it or take something away from the circumstances at hand.

When I lost my brother Michael-I was angry. When my dad was killed in a car accident -I was angry. The list could go on, but I’m sure you get the point.

A year ago when my brother J- woke from his coma after six weeks, the first thing he said wasn’t “what happened?” as I expected. He said “someone came to me and told me you are not finished yet-you’re job on earth is not done.” He wasn’t sure exactly who “they” were- God, Jesus a disciple, however he was sure it was someone from the heavens.

J- is still not sure what his job is here, I personally think his job was to pass the message on to me to let go of the anger so that I could heal my heart and forgive and that doesn’t mean forget. That there truly is another place as you put it so amazingly well where there is no pain or suffering, no war or hate……the place where Linda is now.



Of course I remember you. Although, I am terrible at remembering faces these days. I am getting old. Thank you so much for the kind words. It's hard to believe that Linda is gone.

One thing is for sure Susie, life is not easy.

I do believe in the other world that awaits us. I've personally had too many unexplainable events happen to me, that can only point to a life after death. Or something after death. I don't know what it is, or what it looks like.
I can only say for certain, that these experiences have left a prolonged affect on my life and family.

I hope Mike has some kind of faith. You don't have to be a church going, dropping money in the basket type of believer, you just have to believe. Sounds like you believe. That's good, it will sustain you when you face some of life's challenges.

Thanks again for writing and thank you for the kind and thoughtful words about my weekly blog.

Surfing heals all wounds...



December 7, 2009
Hello brother Ralph,

In the past, I might have meant my surfing brother only, but now I can call you my bro by faith in Christ.

Just read your weekly column as I look forward to doing just about every Monday. Saddened by Linda Paugh's death but encouraged to see how our loving God has used this event (and others) and the witness of your Christian friend to bring you assurance of new and eternal life based on faith in Jesus perfect work, not your own. Had all these events not been perfectly orchestrated by Him would you have been receptive in making sure you have eternal life?
Ralph, I had contacted you last year about running an announcement for starting up a NH chapter of Christian Surfers, does that sound a little familiar? It's still in the works.

Ralph, I am convinced this is the best news ever and that this (He) is the answer we all are looking for. God's grace, peace and love to you and your family.


PS, Check out and if you want to see some big things God is doing in the lives of other surfers and the surfing community!

You would of thought I'd dropped a bomb on everyone. (Hey it's Pearl Harbor Day) I have always believed in Jesus. Always. I'm just not that vocal about it. If I think that any kind of Faith, can help someone who is grieving, I will bring it up. I'm happy that you have found Jesus. Bless you too. Ralph

December 7, 2009
Hey Ralph,

I was moved by your awesome entry regarding Zap's wife and your story.

Phil 4:13 check it out....



Thanks Chris.

December 7, 2009
Ralph- thanks again for the duct tape, it made my session more bearable. After the tide came up on Friday I bought some new boots and headed up to F-- H---- and it was just perfect. I'd love to buy that photo from you (below), yet more evidence to my kids that I surf.

I was sorry to read about Linda Paugh though. I have known Zap from the late eighties when I first came to New England for college and I hung out at Dean's shop (SST). Matter of fact I reconnected with Dean last year and we joined Zap for a session at Seabrook, and it felt like a time warp.



She touched a lot of people's hearts. I'm glad you are still connected to Zappy and the boys.

December 7, 2009

In my travels, I have often told people that the seacoast of New Hampshire is truly special. That God touched his finger on this coast. So many talented and wonderful people, world class surf, music and art packed into this small area. A place like no other I have been.

Hearing of Linda Paugh's passing today sucked the wind from my lungs. Both she and Mike are so much of what makes New Hampshire so unique. As a surfer, we often think that the quality of the waves is what makes the place...but it really is the community that makes all.

Linda was such a beauty, so funny and genuine. She was a vital cornerstone of the New Hampshire tribe. I am sure that God touched his finger again on New Hampshire with Linda's passing...showing her the way home.

My prayers and love go out to Mike and to the many people who feel this loss.

Stan Chew

Thanks Stan that was beautifully written. You are still a part of our Tribe brother.

December 7, 2009
Hello Ralph,

So sorry to hear of Linda's passing. Do you have any information regarding memorial donations or funds to help offset medical expenses?


I do not. But if anyone else does let me know and I'll get the word out.

December 7, 2009
Thought I sent this to you last night. Very well written homage to Linda. Once again Ralph, you tread on a subject that is difficult to speak about and handle it with class and dignity. I was made aware early Sunday am of Linda's passing. I pray for Mike. He can use all the strength, we as a tribe, can muster. I can't, and don't, want to know what it would be like to lose my wife. Thank you Ralph. See you in the water.

This is where faith comes into play.

December 7, 2009
Dear Brother Ralph
Thanks for the great column this week
beautiful job!!

Thanks Skip. Just so damn sad.

December 6, 2009

Ralph I am so saddened by lindas passing. Five years ago I almost lost
my wife to breast cancer. Early detection is important however I
learned back then that all cancer research is funded by private
donations. While our goverment wastes billions on special interest
crap like 30 million to save a mouse in cal. Not one dime of our
taxpayer money goes for cancer research, only big hospitals and pharms
big profits to be made this is bullshit. This makes me very upset, too
many close friends are dying. For if the funding was there, our top
scientist would have found a cure. People need to become aware and
realize that crap processed food that our goverment allows to be
consumed is mostly the cause of breast cancer. Well enough said, hope
to see ya in the water.


We can send people to the moon but we can'r save them from cancer.

December 5, 2009
Dear Ralph,
Thanks so much for the really cool shotJ!! I am so stoked to see myself through your eyes – I really like the way the wave looks – and the shot is tack-sharp. Well done and know how much I appreciate the work and time you took to get it to me. Looks like I needed to stall and go for the barrel! Maybe I was setting up for a bottom turn…… I will always gladly pay you for any good shots you get of me.

Take good care, and wishing you all of the very best over the festive season, and many more great sessions and hollow waves.


Same to you Justin.

December 5, 2009
Hello Ralph,
My son called and said you all talked earlier. I am doing graduate work at Lehigh Valley Hospitals in Allentown, PA. until September ......I will not be able to come to see Linda......However, I did talk with Teresa at 8:00 P.M. tonight....She was in the hospital room with Linda and Mike....Mike was unable to come to the phone...I left my number for him to call........Please be assured that I will pray diligently for Linda tonight in the hospital chapel. Thanks for contacting me through email and my son through the phone call. The Paughs are very special people to me and all the surfing community in NH.......It seems like only yesterday I married them at the chapel at Rye overlooking the ocean. How our hearts grieve with Mike as he holds his dear wife for these last moments.

Sincerely, Chip

We're all praying Chip.

December 5, 2009

Aloha, Sun is not up yet.The Surf sounds big. This may be the setup for the biggest storm since 1969..the biggest on record.
See Caldwells report below.It is very interesting to those who follow Surf Forecasts.

Will keep you posted. Should be lots of news coming out of Oahu Surf contest scene.

Whoa...I'd be hiding under the bed..

December 4, 2009

Thought you guys might enjoy these shots from the Rocks last night,
what a beautiful evening! It got dark really fast as you can see
from the last shots. Brandon was out there Steve but not sure if any
of these are him??
PS- Ralph, love your nature shots from Virginia! One of them looks
like a painting. Your getting quite good with that camera!

Thanks...the Mountains in Virginia are beautiful.

December 3, 2009
Subject: Aloha from Kauai

Aloha Ralph,
Wish you were here. Lots of fun overhead Surf.
Check out whats on the horizen 36-46 ft waves on the way. Even the tow in guys are concerned.
I hear you had a heavy storm come through. I will keep my eye on your site.
We return on the 12th.
All the best.
Aloha, Tom

Wow that's big...the Eddie should be ALL TIME!.