February 28, 2010
That was an informative and very funny message. You will be cracking
jokes on your deathbed because you like us to laugh. That is a great
quality. Mahalo from all of us, mah baruthah!
I am impressed with Max for being a good kid and doing well in athletics.
He is so lucky to shine in his senior year- it is every kid's dream,
and you and Cory have somehow (!) helped him achieve that. You have
every right to be proud.
I had in an intense last 2 days- we were the last to get power here
on the end of High St. I was intent on living at the shop for a few
days and went so far as to buy a laptop internet card because after
the fire, I couldn't find anyway to email the fire pics they badly wanted.
I had to drive them to Kittery in person by 10am Monday am after 3 hours
of driving to different towns looking for web service.
my story an I'm stickin to it.
Aloha. Johnny...Give Mackey a fist bump or a high five or w/e it is
you do these days.
John. Max usually gives me a headlock these days. He's very hurtful.
I am a photographer living in Beverly. I stumbled onto your post recently
and like it.
I started surfing three years ago and wish I had done so earlier being
36... I snapped a few pics this morning of the washing machine like
Matt for the pics and for starting surfing so late! I'm kidding (sort
of). Look if you're having fun, that's all that matters. Just look both
ways before taking off.
February 26, 2010
Thanks for your support and being a friend Ralph. I feel I have been
accepted into "this tribe" of surfers here, and i couldn't
be happier with the people and friends I have met. Thanks bro and keep
that blog rolling, I love it!
As long as there's surf and people to ride
it, and I have my health and passion,
I'll keep it going.
February 25, 2010
Your 1983 WAVES music video
liked it but terri loved it
I have that album, part of my treasured vinyl collection
What is vinyl?
16.9ft @ 10.7sec at my local buoy at the moment!
Oh baby...hang on to your seats kids, this
ride could get a little bumpy.
February 23, 2010
Ralph, I liked your piece on the original Snurfer. Here's mine, which
I bought when they first came out in the late 60s. It's a little worse
for the wear, but I still ride it, along with my Mickey Munoz Quasimodo
model Arbor snowboard. This was the deluxe model which had raised pegs
on the deck(all but one gone) for extra grip and a V bottom tail with
a metal skeg. The regular model didn' t have the V or skeg and the deck
was painted and had raised staples for extra grip.
I too am amazed to watch the half pipe aerial show in Vancouver. We've
come a long way from where we started.
I began surfing the same year as you in Southern Maine and NJ and am
still at it somewhere deep in Northern New England.
Ken you're an inspiration to all. Keep
Snurfing and Surfing!
February 23, 2010
RPOTW is great as usual.
February 20, 2010
March 6th 2010 I will be hosting a seminar on the SNP speed enhancer
product . There will be FREE applications of our product on any item
brought in. Surfboards, snow boards, SUPs, paddles , goggles, camera
lenses, etc. Howard, Andy, and I will also be explaining the other various
uses of the pfroduct. C-Bows is the sponser and will host the event
in the shop that day. Would you be so kind as to mention this event
in your blog along with the web site info? Have you or Max tried it
on one of your surf or snow boards? I think it is a great product, check
out the web site info.
not yet tried it but I will...looks interesting and the video was cool.
Earlier this week saw some great swell pushing through OC. I was out
taking pictures then surfing in the afternoon. Great fun. Of course
only gotten out a couple times this calendar year so far, so though
definitely got housed! Check out the attached images.
big swell is on the way, though this one should come complete with
rain, so don't know how many people will be out. It hasn't rained in
week, and I still got an empty Misson flour tortilla bag in my face
up from duck diving a wave today. Awful.
some weird weather happening on this Planet.
I have been out of town for the last couple of weeks and the first thing
I usually do when I get back is see what waves I have missed. I read
with great amusement the story line accompanying the blatant drop in
The story behind the photo goes like this:
I think Tobey was paying me back for an earlier transgression. I dropped
in on someone (actually I was up first but he dropped in after me and
behind me so we could argue who had priority) and when I realized what
was happening and after I had threaded the obstacle course of surfers
sitting inside I kicked out. Absolutely unintentional..... A couple
of waves later is when the pic was snapped. Being that I am quite blind
without my glasses (fat and blind.. what a combo and the ears are going
too...) I couldn't be sure if it was Tobey on both waves but I think
it was and he was surprised when I didn't let up on the gas and stayed
right with him on that wave. Of course I was going in a straight line
and he was all over the wave giving me a birds eye view of his ride
which I actually enjoyed as he was killing it. I try to enjoy it all
as much as I can despite an occasional annoyance.
Your right about John Murtha. I never served but have several active
and a couple of retired family members who felt the way you do without
even saying it.
See you in the water and thanks for your column
There's never a shortage of BLATANT DROP INs...it's
February 19, 2010
how are ya? love your stories on your site! Especially the one about
you and Jack's brother, etc. Hope you and Cory are doing well, please
give her my best. I am flying solo now with the liittle hellions! Its
good, Ii'm not complaining since I'm surfing warm waters now. I am getting
my A*? handed to me though when its anything over head high! These waves
just barrel down hard and throw you deep if your not on your game, and
I don't have any game! Yesterday we had a nice small , mellow day for
once but all the tourists are here now so it was a bit crowded. I got
out early and caught some nice waves with Christopher at Maria's. He
is really stepping it up and putting on his brave face.
As you know Drew got the best 10 days in a row they have seen here in
a long time. I was so happy for him since he doesn't get to surf much
anymore, he killed it even though he's been sitting at a desk for such
a long time.
home and look forward to seeing everyone and surfing in N.E again soon.
Even if it is cold! When can I get back into a 4'3?? I hope soon since
I dont have a winter suit.
I was so stoked to see Andrew's amazing waves.
Wow! I'm jealous. I wished I could of slipped away to the tropics this
year. That's OK, I'm having fun surfing our own waves every week. Although
it has been cold.
is fine. Say hello to the kids for me. And you be careful. Always come
up with your hands over your head and face. And don't forget to tell
the kids that.
a wave for me.
Ralph, came right home and watched that video clip.. PRICELESS!!!!!!!!!!!!
Love the music, the hair, the surf shots. You are a riot.
Did you know both Chris and I grew up around Cape Ann too? I spent many
summers at West Beach in Beverly Farms.
my favorite spot around here has been in many of your pics lately...
on 1A, right as you come down the hill and see North Beach and Hampton
that whole area (actually looking in both ways) is beautiful. Love the
Feb 11th that you put up, beautiful sunset.
you and thanks.
Another kook question. Florida - water temp 70, air 50 - do I need any
kind of wet suit?
or 1-2mm vest w/short sleeves.
Ralph, I had fun watching "Maria". It reminded me that I have
super 8 footage on video of me with my arm around Rincon's Maria. She
dissed me. On camera. The audio from CR website kept playing during
your show and the only thing I heard of your audio was at the end when
the host said "...Hurricane Ralph...". Once again "kind
of new to this internet thing aint ya?". So Semper Fi lost to some
conga music or something in that weekend's Battle of the Bands.
The first stand up on a surfboard in New England? Paul Hamblet knows
about was Cal Colby around 1962. I saw an old guy +- 25 years ago one
night by Wallis Sands with his car in a ditch and stopped to help him.
He was at least half in the wrappers. I drove him to his home in Newcastle
and and went in his house through the garage. In the rafters was a custom
Gordon and Smith. I said "you surf?" with some incredulity.
He said "not anymore" but that he was the first surfer around
here. His name was Cal Colby. I dismissed it as drunken drivel. We talked
a little surf talk and passed a few names back and forth... Zetty, Hogan,
Jimmy Gray... then I went home. So maybe the stranger in the night was
telling the truth. Paul thinks so.
If you go thru Cinnamon Rainbows to get to
my site, you can shut off the juke box by simply hitting the stop button
on their player. Damn you son...
far as the MTV video goes, we did lose to some other band...I forget
which one. And could care less (now).
oldest surfer in New England is that old guy Cal...I did an interview
with him back in 2002. He stopped and talked with me on at Long Sands
beach in York. I have his whole story on video.
February 16, 2010
your blog... looks like great waves last week... wish I was home! I
believe you are technically correct. The North Atlantic is higher salinity
than the Pacific. The more salt in the water the higher the density...
which means more bouyancy as well (and a bigger wallop when you take
one on the head)... the density of water also increases subtly as the
temperature drops from tropical to New England winter temperatures...
so long as it doesn't freeze (ice floats)! and no, I'm not a prof...
it's been a while since I took thermodynamics!
for the info...I feel better knowing that I was somewhat correct..
I usually hear from College professors slamming me about my lack
of oceanic knowledge. So thanks again.
surfed yesterday and it was cold and dense. But fun.
again for verifying my comments.
Caught the Ultimate Wave last night. AMAZING 3D! I couldn't stop smiling
throughout the whole movie. Got this incredible natural high watching
it due to the 3D effects being just - so amazing! I actually felt like
I was standing on the beach with Raimana and Kelly. Incredible. If you
haven't been able to get to Boston to see it yet, when you do, try to
get seats 3/4 way up theater and center. The best!
wait to see it myself.
Hi Ralph ,
I know it is too late for this week but maybe you can use something
for next week. Wanted to get this to you earlier . Please let me know
if the file size is right for your blog requirements and if you are
able to pull images from this site . Trying to figure out this site
and learning how it works .
Hope all is well with you and thanks for keeping your blog going .
This is fine. Just keep em 800 pixels wide and we are good to go.
February 15, 2010
I got my second round of chemo today and all went well. I'm grateful
that I'm feeling well, able to eat and drink lots of fluids. I feel
the full effects of the chemo in about a week, so I will probably be
laying low next Sunday/Monday for the following week. So two down and
two more to go I'm almost half-way there! I'm sorry I haven't been able
to return calls as efficiently as I would like, but thank-you for all
the beautiful cards, meals and calls. I feel so blessed to have such
a great support system. I'm feeling the prayers, thank-you.
we are all praying for you and with you!
February 15, 2010
That video and being on early MTV is classic!"Love's a game I can
play.." hilarious.. how's that shirt with the rolled up sleeves!
Maria.. I remember the song. Oh.. now the shirt's off! Actually a pretty
good vid for the time. ANd I assume that's you surfing Hawaii.. nice.
And then to Good Harbor Beach. Aewsome. I never knew about this. So
is it really classic? Or just a goofy video?
was by far one of my favorite newsletters do date! Great surf session
story, incredible photos (LOVE the one by Brian Nevin's of Casey Lockwood
as well as the one by Bernie Baker's of Flynn Novak. Just beautiful
shots).....And of course the MTV video was just totally awesome! The
scene w/ you painting the waves instead of Maria was so funny!
funny stuff for sure...
Too cool! Maria. MTV
Ill need a copy of this.
Rich (Bass player for Semper Fi)
to believe that was 22 years ago.
Everything you wrote was right on!!! Friday afternoon was very memorable
for me also.. It was one of those sessions that lock in the memory bank...
The waves, the conditions, and the conversation...Its all part of the
reason we surf ... Its funny because I remember one other session you
wrote about that we had at the Rocks a few years back when it was just
you and I and maybe one other guy... You were on your Red Fish and I
was on a shortboard just trading wave after wave.. Its funny because
you kept saying "Where is everyone"??? and I kept responding
"Who cares..." I believe I witnessed you getting barreled
that afternoon on the Red Fish...Oh and as far as the Witness Protection
Plan... Im right there Ralph
Mike...see I had forgotten about that other session...that's why I need
you guys on my Witness protection plan to help me remember HA!
February 15, 2010
Ralph, don't do this to me
Amazing shots, especially those Chowderheads tubes. Having missed this
swell, I am too sick to write any more about it. See you next week.
to the 500mm...
Awesome shots this week
Thanks for coming Friday we had a great time Jesse is so inspirational
he killed it-- appreciate the props on the page
OOOHHHH MARIA how AWESOME is that!!!
You performed during the transition of so many genres it is great you
nailed that 80's feel
...."I'm a long way from home..."..
February 14, 2010
It's Dale from surfrider. First of all, good to see you and thanks for
all the great photos, the fantastic website, and for your support of
surfrider. You sure know how to spread the stoke. Just was looking at
your most recent posts and clicked on Tim Oshea's and Zaps photos hoping
to see the rest of the mornings images and those photos enlarged.(maybe
even a photo of myself although that foxhill ses was pretty weak on
my part). Thanks again for all the great images and for your continued
support of NH Surfrider,
all about having fun Dale. Surfing and shooting. Thanks.
Thought you might find this old Sano camera interesting. I know you
appreciate "old school".
cool Kevin thanks.
February 9, 2010
low flying video from your friends flying in high places!!
wild stuff for sure.
50 out of 52. Whew. That was a close one.
February 7, 2010
Hi Ralph, I surfed Rye Beach at 3:30 Thursday. I caught 6 waves and
they were almost waist high so the Wall had to be waist high. At 11
A.M. I checked the Rocks and definitely saw waist high sets but I ended
up taking a nap. It was so windy and cold. I kept finding reasons not
to surf but I couldn't take the self loathing that would have ensued
if I woosed out so I finally got myself out there and as always it was
better to surf than not to surf. I took some lefts and was blinded by
the sun low on the horizon but made the whole wave surfing by touch.
Mindy and I walked Rye Beach this afternoon and it was definitely waist
high and there were some perfect combers peeling off down the line,
possible 50 yard rides. Heavy offshores for several days and still we
have long lines and very rideable waves. A bit of a mysto swell, and
barely a soul on it. I'll surf tomorrow.
Stan you just helped me in my final decision. With Thursday being 49
out of 51 and Sunday being 50 out of 52 we have reached our One year
February 3, 2010
Love the commentary, Ralph. And I agree, a little rain shouldn't stop
people surfing...unless it's a brownish toxic sludge complete with
floating diapers, fast food wrappers, and I shutter to think what else!
It's so gross.
used to surf down in Narragansett in the rain. It was great. But
you've been out here enough, I'm sure you know it's sadly just not the
most people outside of SoCal, the surfer crowd who has spent any time
here, civil engineers, or environmentalists, don't know is that there
truthfully isn't a significantly larger amount of pollutants getting
the oceans out here over the course of an entire year than back east.
because it rains so infrequently, the concentrations of oil, heavy metals,
and other gunk from cars/roads is much higher in individual rain events,
creating these highly toxic spikes. Combine that with months worth of
trash in the "rivers" (which have been forced into concrete
flow directly into the ocean), plus currents moving it all up and down
coast, it just makes it rather funky and bacteria filled everywhere.
tides have been pretty high lately, and even though it's been 5 days
since the last rain I'm still seeing bits of plastic and debris left
the high-tide mark.
Ben...just keep your mouth shut when you're in the water.
You got me, I am guilty!
In my own defense, someone had called Right. The next shot would have
been a 3rd guy dropping in on the both of us. (Why we are going straight
in the 3rd picture.) Your comments cracked me up.
Next time, can you get me not dropping in or getting crushed? If you
peek in the triple barrel photo, that is me getting destroyed if I remember
correctly. (Notice the pink nose guard barely sticking out- courtesy
of Clara and Sofia 3 1/2).
Thanks for all the pics! Pray for more surf on Tuesday and Thursday
mornings (lovin pre school sessions)! Thanks for being our local surf
historian and documenting NH surf!
Guilty as charged,
Oh I was dreading this email. Glad you have
a sense of humor.
Hey you made history. It was funny that I just mentioned the week before
about not having featured a women on the BDI section. And then...bam!
I think I stopped shooting when I realized it was you, that's why there's
only 3 pics.
I was faced with a dilemma...because I have a way better BDI than yours...I
had to fly
with it due to my big mouth the week before.
for the kind words...
February 2, 2010
Talk to me about the Tattoo on the left shoulder of MVF?
It's Latin: "Densior Est Sangius Quam
translation: Blood is thicker than water.
The initials in the cross are my late father GAF
and my late father-in-law GPB .
February 1, 2010
Ralph, I am looking for a contact number or e-mail address for Ed O'Connel
and i thought you might have it. I had a couple of pics this last week
in your column..... thank you very much. I was unidentified but i always
look for the fat guy on the yellow and orange rusty!!!! and I then forward
them off to my buds in Fla. the waves are warmer there but as your pics
point out... the waves are much better here..
Thanks too for sending congrats to Scotty. i know Christine got a kick
out of it
see you in the water
Dave just click on Ed'd ad in the right column.
February 1, 2010
column; Nevins Copper Barrel Sunset shot is world class,
cover of Surfers Journal worthy, I am extremely jealous (but not enough
to did out my winter wetsuit and shoot from 38 degree water).
own Empty Blustery Peak is great; I love those empty wave,
suspended water, just about to fold, shots, especially on a large wave
like that. If you do a calendar next year, I think that is the perfect
had the perfect angle for that session at Lumpys.
weeks video is awesome also.
all is well, great job this week.
Ed you're stuff was as good also.