January 21, 2010
We've had an awful spell of weather here in SoCal. Rain, winds, high
surf, flooding, mud slides, the works. Attached are some images from
past couple days. First are a few big surf images I took off my balcony,
second are from a storm driven swell that was actually breaking inside
Newport Beach harbor jetties, on the other side of the wedge.
All this rain has been snow up in the mountains, so I'm off to big bear
lake tomorrow for some fresh powder!
happen to be in one of the few places on the planet that you can get
the best of both worlds. Looking forward to your Snow-Pow-Pow shots.
Hi Ralph, I wrote to you last spring about the D90. I bought one and
have been very happy with it . Thanks for the help . These shots are
from The Wall on 1/21/2010. Guy on the green WRV works @ the shop ,
think his name is Khyle , not sure on the spelling? He was fun to
watch . Hope you enjoy some of the shots.
you like the D-90 it's a great camera. That
was Kyle Linseman.
Let me ask ya crackie, anyone ever tell ya that ya look like Joan Rivers?
Nice punch Noelle.
ya gotta be so hurtful to Joan Rivers?
January 19, 2010
After 40+weeks of surf, I was caught in a conundrum. Free place to stay
on lake winnipesaukee. 4 days on gunstoke for $160, total. Do I stay
and surf or snowboard fresh tracks? Chose the later. God save my soul
for turning down waves. be good Ralph.
Mahalo Dr. B
snowboarding... it's all good.
January 18, 2010
It's not really a big deal, but as someone who loves waves, ice, cold
places and glaciers, I have a hard time letting such internet hoaxes
pass for facts. The ice in this picture is not a frozen wave, it actually
isn't even salt water. It's part of an Antarctic glacier, which flowed
into the sea, broke off to form a berg, was weathered and shaped by
the ocean, rolled over, and was caught in the coastal ice-pack. The
blue color is probably a giveaway. This kind of ice is formed by a great
accumulation of snow, which over decades and/or centuries is compacted
under the pressure of its own weight. I is still an amazing photo and
an amazing form.
Anyway, thanks for getting me my small fix of New England winter waves
week after week. I really appreciate support of the local community
and local artists.
figured it was more than likely only a partial truth. Thanks for pointing
Still it was really neat to look at the many wild pics.
Insane aerial movie of the outrageously surf rich coastline of Nova
.. imagine yourself with your boat out here
days to trailer er out, rent a small, inexpensive house for two
months in the summer, live the dream, become part of the wallpaper down
at the harbor, burn some serious fuel running up, down, and all around
a truly unusual surfing/skiff experience
.. ship the boat home
by mid Fall and fly home yourself. Batta freekin bing!
no surf in Nova Scotia. Stay Home.
Leah was such a sweetheart to keep everybody in touch with what was
happening with me in November after I had my surgery. I actually had
a slow recovery with one incision line not really healing well, but
after 7 weeks of antibiotics and many visits back to the surgeon, I'm
fully recovered. I went to Dana Farber which is the big cancer center
in Boston, and got a second opinion on how I should folllow up with
my diagnosis of breast cancer, and everybody is in agreeance, that I
should have 4 rounds of chemotherapy. I got that feedback last week,
and the oncologist would like me to start chemo on Mon. Jan. 18th.
Soooo Kevin booked us a flight to Puerto Rico this past week, for my
birthday. We stayed with friends and it was a beautiful break from the
cold weather here in New England. The temps were 85-90 degrees, the
water was warm and crystal blue oh, and there were waves, so of course
Leah & Kevin had to take advantage of the opportunity to surf! Kody
was unable to join us, because he was in school, we really did miss
not having him with us, it sort of felt like I left my left leg at home!
I'm doing well, after rest & relaxation, I'm ready to take on this
challenge. I want to say thank-you to all of my family & friends
who have sent me cards, flowers, food, called and have offered to help
in any way. Thank-you for your kindness, and I will call but most of
all thank-you for keeping me in your prayers, that is the greatest thing
you can do to help me. I want you all to know that I really do feel
loved by you all.
all praying for you Kim. Remember "Surfing Heals All Wounds"...
January 15, 2010
Thanks Ralph! Attached are a couple images for the preview. I'll get
some more next week. 46 out of 47 weeks is really, really good! Hell,
even if it goes to
46/48, thats damn impressive too! And even if you don't have another
of surf till you count a full 52 weeks, that'd still be close to 90%.
Heck of a year! But of course everyone's pulling for that continuation.
Ralph, I love Crackie!!! Would like to personally meet him some day.
Be careful of what you wish for.
January 14, 2010
seems like the weather is freezing your brain cells there ole Ralphie
Couldn't help but to think of you last week with the playoffs and was
going to e you but figured you were too depressed. That was a rough
Good games coming up. Love the playoffs. Win or go home.
The surf here has just been GIANT, too big to surf most the time and
we are looking at another 8 day run of out of control swell. Gotta love
did the Patriots lose in the Play-Offs? I missed that. Your waves are
too big for me.
January 13, 2010
I'm a huge fan of your pics of the week. Just wondering when you'll
be archiving the 2009 shots. No rush.
"The Drop In"
I archive every single week...Have you tried the archive button/tab?
January 11, 2010
I just arrived back to work on my oil Rig off the coast of Brazil a
few days ago. I work as a Chief Engineer on-board an ultra deep water
Drilling Rig located about 140 miles off the coast of Rio. Sometimes
I get a to surf a day on either end of my trip but it sucks being gone
from my wife and kid for a month at a time.
During my month at work I love waking up on Monday mornings and a checking
the Blog first thing. All the work e mail gets put off until I get a
chance to check out the blog. A few times my boss has walked in on me
in my office and caught me zoning off into cyber surfland only to be
awakened by the door slamming behind me.
This week was particularly amusing because of my recent fame in the
3 shot spread of me dropping in on Mike. Although I never mind having
my photo taken, I would like you to know there was a very complicated
equation going through my brain as I dropped in on one of my best friends.
Anyways. Thanks for the good laugh and I'll see you when I return.
You know, I was secretly hoping as I was writing
those captions, "this guy will never see these. "Glad you
have a sense of humor. I have answered so many emails from people who
have been convicted by me and my 10th Street Court Of Law. And 99% of
them have had the same reaction. They all got a good laugh. I'm glad
you're one of them...
you get any photos of Brazil send em off to me. Be safe.
The sentence was the INVISIBLE SURFER section go back and take a look.
I dont remember if I have had a chance to say well done
on the latest RUN DVD. I bought several stocking stuffers and
of course a house copy.
I LOVED your instrumental in the Fall 2009 section before the ending
Dec section. For that matter all the tunes were tight but you know I
am a sucker for a man with a Strat.
Thanks again for all your time, keep shooting brotha, we all love your
.all the best
Ralph, I was just going through my old e-mails and doing some deleting
when I came upon this. At a time when I was approaching a critical crossroads
in my life and questioning my relevance, your words of encouragement
meant so much to me. Thank you so much for this and I hope to see you
sometime soon. Surf Free Or Die, buddy,
not seen the last of you my friend.
Hello and first and foremost, I really respect, appreciate and thoroughly
enjoy your page and your photos. My name is Greg. I grew up in RI, now
live in Boston with my wife and love to surf NE waves. I frequent beautiful
Hampton Beach often because of its amazing tendency to pick up all kinds
But this Christmas, I had the opportunity of a lifetime; to celebrate
the holiday season on the tropical Hawaiian island of Oahu and surf
the world famous waves of the Seven Mile Miracle, the North Shore!
Gotta love surfing in boardies or at least having that option, not 6mm
Mahalo and I hope to meet you some time in the water or shooting in
the near future!
Greg I love surfing Lanis. myself. ..and Thanks for the kind words.
January 5, 2010
It's been a few years since our last contact, right after 9/11 if my
memory is better than the Granite state's own Tom Rush!
Anyway, nice to be able to navigate back to your site and see you're
still thriving. I guess your efforts haven't gone unappreciated. Your
coastline will always be familiar and welcoming, as I surfed it regularly
between '64 and '84 before relocating to lower Manhattan. Rockaway ,
90th street is the home break now. I can get there by subway but it
takes a while.
So I've attached a few pictures for you. No, not local waves or surfers.
Just some shots of our progress building the Freedom Tower. I know you
appreciate what this represents more than most. We have the steel to
the top and the cladding for the first 186'. Near 2000' when we top-off.
You can see Old Glory, mounted to acknowledge the maiden voyage of the
USS New York, whose stem was made with WTC steel.
Long ago and far way from Plaice Cove but we make the best of it.
Take care and God Bless.
to hear from you. These are heart warming photos. Thanks for sending
I'll post em for the upcoming week. Glad to hear you're still getting
in the water.
Be funny to see a pic of you guys with your boards on the Subway.
surfing and keep the positive stoke both in and out of the water.
The clips from your movies look amazing, especially that one that starts
off with the guy getting shacked on the left, exciting action and good
production quality. You are a diligent man to hang-out in that climate
to capture all the good stuff.
Got fun surf on Mon. the 28th at Spanish House, was there for 4 days,
plenty of swell but bad winds except on Mon. wind turned offshore. It
was about shoulder high to about a foot overhead and about as clean
well, you know.
Thanks for everything and Happy New Year!
Glenn...heard it's chilly down there. Pull out the 3/2. J
Ralph- I bought the RUN on the 16th from Pioneers. I try to visit
a different shop each time I need some gear to spread the wealth. You
did a great job on the movie and my kids specifically liked Crackie!
I thought the soundtrack was very good also, some good tunes in there,
especially from Qwill.
the last swell due to the holidays and a pesky cold but I am hoping
for something brewing soon. I was thinking about dusting off the shortboard
this year also. I am thinking about having a fish made, so that could
be a good compromise. At least I need to start taking both boards, just
in case. Over the last few sessions I have noticed some bickering between
the shortboard community and some less than capable longboarders that
were picking off waves. I guess that struggle will never go away, but
there is times when I wish I had something more maneuverable.
I had some 8x10's made up from the photos from you and Ed and they are
framed and on display. Thanks again!
for buying the pics and the movie. It's amazing how much better the
High Res versions are of the stills.
I always love the snowy surf shots! New England is an amazing place.
snow/lineup shot you took in this weeks issue! Love it!
Ben...it's home. The snow, cold and ice.
coming from one a visually talented as you that is a real compliment.
I know we are always looking to improve and pushing each other, its
a good time to be a surf photographer in NH.
shot for a few hours this morning, tried to give you a call, but as
usual my cell phone didnt work. Really
enjoyed the column this week, liked your New Years Resolutions and your
take on the SUP drop in (but I still say they are cheating, they can
start paddling somewhere off the coast of Portugal with those huge brooms,
so they will always be first on the wave).
I shot yesterday morning for a few yours myself. Funny
about your SUP take. I was thinking the EXACT same thing. They can catch
em way early...so the DROP IN rule must have an
amendment dealing with SUPS.
saw multiple pictures of me surfing (attached) from Aug 23/30
(Hurricane Bill). Were there more photos taken from the photographers
that were not shown on your site that I could possibly view. Please
let me know as I would be interested in possibly purchasing additional
pictures. Thanks for all of your postings; great shots of everyone!
Is that your name or a nickname? What you see is what we have.