July 27, 2009
Lumpy Rutherford now has a surf spot? I hurt myself laughing at that
one, cant wait to surf at Eddie Haskells Great
Surf Art column, you know I am also a huge fan of Rick Griffin, was
great seeing that Stoner photo of him, a classic.
of the other art blew me away also, a great year. That Corey Howard
tube painting and your empty wave paintings are the stuff surf dreams
are made of.
surf visitor and the drop in cartoons were really cool,
this should be a regular series (like you dont have enough to
of that West Coast stuff is downright scary.
to see you at Lumpys soon.
was such a tool on the Beave...I can't wait to surf and shoot Eddie's.
Thanks for all the props. The talent of local and national surf artists
is truly inspiring. And what can we say about Griffin? He was, and always
will be, the BEST. Rest in Peace Murphy.
It was a great (Hawaii) trip and even better to get head+ waves when
we got home....unreal!!
Great cloumn this week. WOW...the wedge is NUTS!!! It blows my mind
how many people have artistic talent...I couldn't even paint a stick
My buddy got some pics from this recent swell....I will send them to
you this week. See you in the water soon, or shooting soon!
figures? I love stick figures! Next year you can submit some. Thanks
for the props for all the talented Artists. They are something special
for sure. I should do this twice a year. See you around the campus.
July 27, 2009
your pen and ink drawings! Max's is awesome too!.
work with the digital retouch of your Greg Noll painting (has he seen
it yet?). FYI: The other painting you have their (with "unknown"
as artist) of Greg on "the wave" is by Ken Auster. Good painter.
Check him out (more of his work) on Club of the Waves:http://www.clubofthewaves.com/artistprofiles/ken_auster.html
the Greg Noll painting....I did a small study a while ago of that image/day
(based on others version of it and the description of the day / accounts
from documentaries). Got to blow it up large scale one of these days.
Maybe I'll do/submit for next summers Ralph Surf Art.
paintings this year! Where was the wood work from your friend Eric though?
His stuff is really cool.
Thanks Hannah. But I have to say...lots of people commented on your
work and Sam's too. They want to see more. So if you have any more local
stuff we'll put it on the Artist page. Thanks again for your contributions.
I think Eric was still working on some new pieces and didn't finish
them by deadline.
Great to hear, and thanks! I totally can relate to the no sleep...I've
been pulling close to 20 hour days all week shooting, editing, and
uploading. Totally worth it, though. And I'm psyched to help bring good
coverage of an epic event like this to the NE crowd.
I'd been doing this part time for a couple years (minus a gap between
I first met you at an ESA event and moving to CA), but I'm starting
and make this now a full time, paying gig. So while any/all exposure
great, in this I'm just happy to help contribute to the NE scene. Once
New Englander always one!
It's hard to shake the New England bloodline...we're looking forward
to more Insane West Coast action. Keep em coming!
Just wanted to thank you again for posting images and taking so very
from this week at the Open! I don;t know if you've checked out surfer's
website recently, but the published 3 of the photos I sent you from
yesterday's big swell at the Wedge. (I've included a link below). I've
also sent them some of the ones I just sent you from today as well.
Very cool! Congrats...Keep up the good work!
The Wedge was going off again today! Legend Tom Curren put on a show
everyone, as did Analog team riders Benj Weatherley (white board w/
nose) and Nathan Fletcher (green board) as they were out filming for
project. The images are also meta-date tagged with their names on the
stand up paddle boarder in the images from the previous day was back,
as were the Newport Beach lifeguards who pulled many a stuck/stunned
surfers out of the frothing impact zone.
lifeguards had an increased presence and heightened alert after the
tragic death of a bodyboarder yesterday who got stuck and thrashed against
the rocks on the jetty. Very unfortunate. No word yet as to if/when
paddle out will be organized for him.
hopefully have photos from yesterday at the open sent out shortly,
and though it will be past the deadline will get you images of the final
day at the Open tomorrow after the finals.
These shots are INSANE! SUP'b at the Wedge!!!???Huh? What the hell?
Too bad about the BB losing his life. But they all must know the consequences
out there. It's a wonder more people are not killed at the Wedge.
Aside from that, these have been very impressive and we are all so stoked
to get a first hand and close up look of all the action.
Keep shooting and keep surfing!
still energetically paint but dont show my art often as of late.
The transition from living in Europe to the USA to Panama, and the focus
on completing the resort in Panama has been all consuming.
influences are grounded in NC Wyeth and Maxfield Parrish, and this led
to an interest in Bill Ogdens surf art of the 70s. Lately,
I have been loosening up my style through my interest in the New Hope
School of painting that comes from my familys ties to Bucks County
Pennsylvania. This influence can be seen in my painting of the Salani
Lagoon. I am currently working on a collection of New Hampshire paintings
that will use some of this style, as well as the tighter glazed oil
techniques that are my foundation.
still sell my art and interested parties can reach me at Stanchew@hotmail.com,
or 603 682 4442
.yes, I still have a New Hampshire
to you and your family Ralph,
I'm so stoked that you are still creating amazing works of art. And
I'm so impressed that you are going forward with your Tropical Dream
Thanks for sharing your art with us. Keep painting and keep surfing!
We will be at the paddle out.
how life has a way of shaking things up.
I haven't been in the water since the day my daughter, Grace, was
born. Great swell, fun day. As I was walking out of the water I knew
was the last time I'd be out for a while. The Dynamic of my life with
Kelly, the Kids and my business were just not conspiring well. Surfing
was what got shuffled aside. Now that the business is gone, I've been
working with a bike company and riding tons. I love the flow and
movement but it's just not the same. Liam looked at me the other day
said, "Let's surf dad..." Done.
is always a source of stoke for me and I really hope I can live up
to it for him. For Molly. For my kids. I miss it.
Surfing is one of those things that stay with you forever. It can lie
dormant for a spell, but all it takes is one slight awakening and it
comes back. Your son was that spark. I'm sure Buck and family appreciate
your new found stoke.
Keep surfing...it's good for ypu.
Well, well, well, summer has finally arrived and with it some fairly
swell. We are quite fortunate to have all these little waves each week.
Keeps us fresh and smilin'.
I must have just missed you on Friday, July 13th at the wall. Jack &
pulled an early "DP" and had some fun from 5:30AM-7:30. Waves
were fun and
not much of a crowd to speak of.
I wanted to compliment you on the weekly "drop-In" violations....
A picture is like 1,000 words and any of these so called, "violaters"
their respective "mugs' in your weekly, by basically, being a real
dirt bag. Love
just wish that you were around last night at the "Pipes"....
As you know, the surf was fairly small, but really glassy and fun. The
was filling in and the sand bars were giving us some sets about every
I'm riding my 5'8" fishcuit and with no one going for the wave,
I grab this
sweet, waist high left and just find the slot and tuck in.....just speeding
down the line, trying to stay ahead of the curl and hoping to get a
Out of nowhere, this guy wearing the 4/3 w/booties, big hybrid tuflite,
drops in on me from who knows where and aims straight ahead.....(I
ain't gonna budge here...)
I give a shout, to alert the "kook" that I'm staying on course...And
course, he hears me and then just turns right into my path for the "head
on"collision, and then jumps off his board. Just ditches it...
thinking, 4 broken fins and a good ding minimum......
the last second, I just try to get some air under my board to better
reduce board damage, but when I make this last act of desperation, his
winds around my f-ing neck, and his board comes swinging around like
blade..... No shit...... I was "hog tied" and that pretty
much ended my
let's just say that we had a little discussion and he appeared to be
completely un aware of any surf etiquette whatsoever.....
All he said was, "I just wanted to catch a wave and was going straight
I was able to come out of the little crash completely unschathed.
Not a ding, or even a burr on the fins...
It would have made a great video for your weekly with the whole leash
strangulation and board whipping...
love summertime, and usually able to avoid the crowded line-ups and
people. However, you never know when you are going to be a victim of
to see you soon. And, as always, thanks for keeping us up to speed with
the great reporting and photos...
I wish I could of caught that on film? Any chance you could do a re-creation
for the many fans of the BLATANT DROP-IN of the Week series? Leash wrapped
around your neck sounded nuts. But it sounds like you dodged a bullet
as far as dings. I don't think the DROP IN perps are dirt bags...I just
think the majority of them are just plain uneducated. There are however,
several of those who surf around the world and are "good surfers
who should no better", who constantly drop in on people, and do
it with complete disregard for their fellow surfers. They are selfish,
arrogant, self serving bullies. The rest are just clueless.
But thank god for all of them...other wise I wouldn't have this funny
weekly segment. Keep surfing!
Ralph, Im sorry to hear about the Seal. You and I can only imagine
the pain of losing a child. It was devastating to come back and hear
that Molly has lost her fight with cancer. I never met her, but everything
Ive learned from those who did would indicate that she was a really
special person, and its infinitely sad to lose her.
for my getup, its pretty simple. The basic deal is a full length
rashguard which provides me protection from the sun. Ever since the
first week I spent out there with Johnny & Jay, J.T. & Mike
Rosa, my calves burned to a boiled lobster like state within
a few days, and originally I had to cut the wrists off a long sleeve
rashguard and pull it over my legs to keep surfing. Over the years Ive
tried long underwear & all sorts of stuff, but then I got turned
on to the fact that ONeil makes the full suit. It also prevents
dozens of little reef cuts, and there are also lots of little stingy
things in the water when its glassy, and it helps for all that. Then
I put a sleevless spring suit over that, and thats more for reef
protection than anything else, although there are some early mornings
when the trades are blowing that can get sort of cool. 2 mil booties,
of course, or Id be missing most of my toes, and then my DaKine
surf hat with the rear neck flap. This year I upgraded to the new model,
which I thought looked pretty snappy, especially compared to the old
DaKine hat which made me look like a Foreign Legionaire. I was complaining
to one of my friends out there that I had been unable to find a hat
with antlers, which I thought would totally complete the package. Then
Ive got my webs, for making sure I scratch into those waves before
I get hung up on top and launched. Those things are considered lame
and very gay. (not that theres anything wrong with that).
my attitude is Hey, Im 60, Im riding Cloudbreak, I
get to look as ridiculous as I want.
goofy footer doing a full rail stylish cutback is a boatman named Lono,
from the Big Island, long time boatman whom Ive gotten to know
pretty well. There is a shot or two, I seem to remember of Shane Dorian,
who is fairly easy to spot, with his KS hairdo. The ones numbered
164, 166 and 169 are all of Cloudbreak, and ..175, 176 are of perfect
again, and by the way, within 20 minutes of getting home from Fiji 11
hr plane trip, 8 hr layover at LAX, 5 hr plane trip to BOS, one hour
bus trip to Newburyport, no sleep, feeling cranky, Im on the RPOTW
checking out the action Ive missed while I was away.
Well we've had surf every week while you were gone. But nothing the
likes of what you got. And I would be lthe last person to question why
you would surf Tavi at age 60...but that get up? It made me do the proverbial
second look. It just looks ...oh what's the word? Funky? Freaky? Bizarre?
Uncomfortable? I guess all of the above. But I like your own take the
best..."Ridiculous". But like you said...you're 60 surfing
Cloudbreak. Who cares how you look.
And we all feel the sadness and pain of Molly's passing. There's just
no other worrds to convey, other than she was a special little girl
,from a special surf family, who lived in our special surf community.
We all loved her.
Keep charging my 60 yr old Fashion King who still rips!
nearly scored the perfect trip at Tavarua this year. Only 3 days of
unsurfable conditions, out of fourteen, and the rest varied from
perfect chest to overhead up to 2-3 X overhead. Nothing scary, just
challenging. Shane Dorian was there, and he can surf the trunks off
just about anybody! Ive included a shot of Shane and a shot of
a boatman from the Big Island. The rest are of me having the time of
Yes I got them. I just got back in my office from doing a service for
a NAVY SEAL (surfer) who was killed in Afghanistan...I'll put them up
next week. Great shots! But you're gonna need to explain to me just
what the hell that get-up is all about you're wearing.
Anytime I get photos of vets/war, etc, I think of you. I try not to
send useless tag-alongs to you. Certain ones, I can't pass up on though.
The passing of Molly struck me very hard (a lot more than I thought
it would). After reading Buck's posting I thought about my children
and how I would be if such an event occurred. Honestly, I don't know
how I would do it, or if I could. I told him he is a much stronger man
than I am, and he gives me inspiration.
Molly was/is an angel brought here for her short time to bring a community
together. She has shown us all how to face adversity without giving
in. Buck stated they were looking to find reason in her passing. You
can't find reason for that, what you can do is see what it does/do for
those left living. She is in a better place now, we are the ones left
wondering. I truly feel she is the cement that holds this very special
Thank you Ralph, and don't be shocked if the stash makes a return appearance!
said. She is a special little Angel. And the Rowlees are a special family
and this little Surf community of ours is equally special.
July 19, 2009
Although I now live down in Palm Beach County, FL, I find your weekly
comments and photos are a great way to keep in touch with the NH/ME
surf happenings. Many of my buddies live and surf in the area and of
course I like to talk it up when I have sunny, warm waves down here
in the winter. On the flip side, I have I have heard quite the season
of stories that came from up north this past year and into early summer
(a time we go flat!!!!!) I was saddened to hear of the tragedy that
has happened to the Rowlees. I had the chance to have met Buck and Meg
through my ex wife (Claudia). I would ask that you please send my condolences
via this email if it is possible. I hate to hear bad things happen to
such good people. Although I did not know Buck well, I do know that
he was one of the most genuine people you can surround yourself with.
Stay strong and I will sure to think of Molly and the Rowlees on the
day of the paddle out down here in Florida. I have attached a winter
swell pic from my new beach down here in FL. We have had a 2 month wave
drought in S. FL........needless to say, I have had to resort to pulling
up old pics to remember what overhead is.
Keep up the stoke....your post is something I look forward to every
Palm Beach Gardens, FL
always good to heare from transplants like yourself. And it's amazing
how many people just like you have contacted me to say the same thing.
So thank you for that. I'm happy to be able to provide you with a transparent
window of our small surf community. And I'm stoked that you tune in
every week with the other tens of thousands. The internet blows my mind.
I'll pass on the condlences to Buck and Meg. Sorry to hear you guys
are in a Flat spell. We are still getting surf! Unreal. 23 weeks as
July 17, 2009
Ralph - I have not been able to access your blog for a while because
it is blocked by our servers (you must be on the radical list!). At
any rate, I have been out of circulation for a while because of work,
and when I'm not working I seek out a quiet place to get some waves.
It has been excruciatingly painful to see what Buck, Meg and Keiran
have been going through since Molly's diagnosis in February, and now
the reality has set in. One of the hardest things I do in my job is
to visit children's hospitals because many of them are our customers.
You go into these institutions (The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto
comes to mind) and you see all of these beautiful kids going through
so much hell
it really is heartbreaking.
just wanted to comment on your cover this week
a beautiful shot
by Brian Nevins (one of the truly unappreciated photographers out there).
Says it all.
promise to dust off the 600MM in the weeks to come and get some pixels
to you (can't say celluloid anymore
in fact, I can't even buy
Kodachrome anymore! Man, I'm getting OLD!).
hard to understand, the reasoning behind children getting sick. I don't
get it. All the real assholes in this world living to be well into their
golden years and small children getting sick and leaving before their
time. Why is that? I don't get it. But what I do get is the positive
vibe that Buck and Meg have, I do understand that. So I guess it all
works out in the end.
yes that Nevins pic was gteat. So if that's your motivation, get out
that 600 and start shooting. And oh yea...Keep Surfing!
I was very stoked to find your website, and thankful for all the photos,
and especially thankful for your fresh perspective.
My son is a very stoked 10 year old grommet, Thomas Haut, who was fortunate
enough to participate in the May 30th ESA event. I'm looking forward
to showing him your site. A photo of him is attached from our session
yesterday at The Wall that I took using my new Olympus underwater camera.
There was a guy on the beach with a lens and he asked me, "Is that
Ralph? I hope so!"
You took a photo of me from the May 30th contest, which I got to share
with my brother, who taught me how to surf about 40 years ago. It's
really cool to see my brother, who had forgotten about surfing for about
30 years, finally get back into it. He surfs the North Jetty (my old
homebreak from 30 plus years ago) of the St. Johns River down in Jacksonville,
FL. And he is like a little kid again, with surf fever gone amuck.
Anyway, getting off track. Keep it coming, and I hope we cross paths
for the good words. I'm happy that your family is stoked on the lifestyle.
It is a good way to spend time with your loved ones. Teaching them the
unwritten rules of surfing, as opposed to those who teach their kids
all their own bad habits, and it just ruins it for everyone. Be positive,
keep smiling, share a wave get a wave. Keep Surfing!
Thanks so much for the column this week nice job well written
your are a pillar in this community and I appreciate you for that!
brother. We all loved that little girl. She will be missed by all. And
I will personally make sure that we never stop talking about her.
Like I've write every week...Surfing Heals All Wounds.
job in tough times, as always. Just wanted to throw this out, you may
have thought it, but if you need some words, the first stanza of Little
Wing sure seems as appropriate as anything that could be said. I saw
Quinn Sullivan (10 year old blues prodigy) do it Saturday night and
I cried through it knowing Molly was near that door.
it or not, I've dedicated that tune to Molly a few times this year.
I play it all the time. It is my favorite Hendrix/Stevie Ray song. It
does remind me of Molly too. Thanks and remember...Surfing Heals All
July 13, 2009
I just read your post...It is sooooo very saddening to hear about little
miss Molly; I couldn't help keep the tears from my eyes. I didn't know
her or her dad well, but was able to randomly and breifly meet them
one day in the Children's Hosptial garage weeks back. Her dad looked
sad, but Molly looked VERY happy, especially since she just had McDonalds!!
That was the one time I was able to meet Molly, and I can honestly say
she brought joy to my day.
I pray that god brings her family and friends the strength and courage
to get though this....may Molly RIP
See you in the water Ralph
She was special. No doubt about it. Surfing Heals All Wounds.
woke up this morning about 5:15 AM and went to checkout the surf cam....Then
your newsletter. I was so sad (and shocked b/c I thought she had the
treatable lymphoma) to see the news about your friend's little girl
"little Miss Molly". It is incredibly sad news.
I had been thinking of Molly/her family off and on lately due to having
just finished and delivered the painting I donated for the Fundraiser
for her, - as well as, due to having been commissioned recently to do
a portrait of a little boy who passed away from Lymphoma last spring...Every
time I sat down to work on it - it made me think of Molly and her family
and just hoped she was doing well/in remission. Just such sad news this
Regarding your calling everyone to pray for Molly - yet she wasn't able
to make it in the end: I know it is really tough when all the praying
just doesn't work....I just think that sometimes some of the stuff we
pray for is just out of our control and God's control too (like cancer...or
war started by some nut case). My whole feeling on this is (my way of
viewing God).... is I don't believe that God takes the ones we love
from us as some people like to say (like "God just wanted him up
there with him"). I just don't believe that. I just believe some
shitty disease is what took them....or some other tragedy....that God
couldn't stop. But what I do believe is that God inspired us to pray
because it helps us deal with the hard stuff (it helps us keep hope
and spread it to others when they need it). To me that is how the big
guy answers those tough prayers for us that he has no control over (like
cancer...or war....). He inspires us to help each other out during the
Ralph - you have done that (and I know will keep doing that) for Molly
and her family, as well as so many others. Keep at it.
Take care and see you out there at the line up one of these days.
The way I seeit, praying and positive thinking can't hurt. It may not
help or cure, but it can't hurt. Molly was just so damn special. Surfing
Heals All Wounds.
I am in china right now, super heavy here. Lots of time in mainland
doing product development, wow. I love my country, is all I am going
to say. hope
the 4th zoo has cleared, your site keeps me sane in weird parts of the
world, and while I will never search for the glory BS of having my shots
on your page again,
I will forever remember and be stoked that I made it on there, thanks
all the best my man. be well.
huh? Any surf in China? Near Hong Kong maybe? I know Taiwan has
surf. How close are you to Taiwan? From the Great Wall of China to the
Great Wall of Hampton. Keep surfing and watch your back.
Subject: Re: RPOTW
guys are killing us up there Ralph.... we haven't had anything OVER
waist-high in 20 weeks!
Anyways, thanks for the good words, we've got a good plug to RPOTW in
this upcoming isuse's blahs, along with the mention of Mike Moran and
Brian Nevin's skydiving trip, brought to our attention by the finest
surf blogger in all the northeast!
Keep up your own good work Ralph, reading your site is a weekly tradition
for us now!
Associate Editor, Eastern Surf Magazine
I was not trying to rub it in...but rather share the love we've been
getting. OK I was. Ha! Living through these hellish winters sometimes
has a pay off. This is one of them. Getting good surf in the Summer.
And Thanks for good words too. You guys have been rocking the East Coast
forever and your new site is Killer! You keep up the great work!
time writer, long time reader. Enjoy your take on life, pics and general
someone would have gotten some pics of Kai Nichols out on a longboard
Saturday AM. Head high for him and absolutely fearless. A couple times
he would nose ride right into the close-out section of the waves. Incredible
a great surf family.
for the nod. And Yes, Kai is a hard charger. I don't know many 9yr olds
who surf right through the winter, along with his dad and sisters. Ed
O'Connell and I were just saying, that shooting Kai makes the waves
look bigger and better than what they really are.
The Nichols are part of a large community of Surf Families in the area.
read the whole (Bio) thing. I think you got it right. What a life.
Maybe I should do mine.
hard to believe we've seen all that we've seen in the 40 plus years
we've been doing this. Wish some of those guys had lived long enough
to see where Surfing is today. Maybe they do know...
P.S. What rain?
July 7, 2009
Hey, liked the story of your life on your Ralphs Pics page........Nice
I've been around the block a few times. I've been fortunate enough to
have seen and witness a lot of things in Surfing. I hope to see a few
more, before I finally kick out for good.
I'd just like to thank you for everything you do for the surfing community.
It's awesome to see all the people you've been surfing with at every
big swell and who's been ripping it the hardest. I'd like to thank you
for your continued harping on beginners learning the rules to surfing.
I'm sure the rules and tips page will help avoid some extremely heated
situations in the future.
I can't tell you how stoked i was to finally get a shot of me up on
the wall. Every week ive been looking to get a picture up there. My
friends and I have had a competition on who can get on Ralph's pic of
the week for the past year and a half. Finally, me and one of my friends
made it up on the same day. Keep up the good work and bringing the cementland
surfing community that much closer each time you post all the fundraisers
and pictures. I'm praying ill see you at the wall soon (AKA the 21st
week of surf soon.)
See you in the water,
P.S. im the one in the barrel and Doug. R is the one with half his wetsuit
for the kind words. I don't know how many dings I will save with the
RULES & TIPS page but, it can't hurt posting them. I'm glad you
are that stoked to get your mug on my weekly. Bet you're glad it wasn't
the DROP-In segment. However, it was Ed O'Connell who took the shots.
Although, I think I shot Doug too. Regardless, the beauty of this column
is, you actually stand a chance to to get posted, because we shoot almost
everyone. You don't have to be a pro to get posted on RPOTW . But you
need to know how to surf. I mean this isn't Sesame Street. You've got
to still earn it.
P.S. We may see 21 weeks and we may not...either way, we can't really
complain. Except this damn rain is getting a little tired.
July 5, 2009
Recently I have been looking at your pictures because I had been surfing
at the wall on some of the featured days. I guess I was hoping to see
a nice shot of myself (LOL) Well I found a couple...I'm the guy who
is accused of "blatantly" dropping in on July 3rd. I want
you to know, that I thought I had looked before I dropped in, but I
never saw him. I was totally surprised when our rails bumped (no dings)
and that's why I fell off. As soon as I surfaced I apologized profusely.
he said "no problems" "ancient history" which made
me feel a little better, but the rest of my session was kind of ruined
because I was mentally kicking myself for not having been more careful.
know the old saying..."If you can't do the time-don't do the crime
I am glad that the victim accepted your apologies. Because you sound
sincere in your letter. As far as NOT seeing the person...well, I like
to use the rules I taught my kids when crossing the street. "Look
left, look right, and then left again" before going left. And "Look
right, look left, and right again" when going right. Keep yer eyes
open out there and keep having fun.
have been amused by your photos of various leash transgressions, most
of which Ive been guilty of over the years. Sometimes when I end
a session, particularly in the winter, I feel so cold and old and exhausted
that the thought of the effort to reach down and undo my leash takes
on a degree of difficulty disproportionate to the actual task.
here is a cautionary tale: While I was in Australia, and lucky enough
to be enjoying an overhead swell at Noosa, I soon realized from watching
the locals, that at the end of one of these quarter mile rides, that
instead of paddling back out (against a pretty strong current too) which
took me about 25 minutes the first time I tried, that you just cut back,
prone to the beach, and walk back up the beach or the trail to the point,
and jump back in. Now the beach is strewn with rocks, and as you approach
the point, the sand gives way to rocky ledges, and finally, total rock.
Just before you reach the head of the point, there is a rock wall of
about 10 feet that you need to scale before you reach the jump off point.
Im doing this the first time, and I work my way along the beach,
over the ledges and I finally get to the point where I have to climb
this wall, and Im standing on a boulder with about a 4 ft. drop
between me and the wall, but a decent landing point near the base of
the ledge where I can easily jump across the short distance to begin
to scale it. So I casually jump over to the protruding footholds, and
mid air, or course, my leash snags on some part of the rock from which
Ive just jumped. Needless to say, having ones airborne trajectory
altered by a vigorous yank of your board from under your arm, and a
simultaneous yank of your leashed leg resulted in a less than satisfactory
result. Thankfully my board and I received only minor abrasions, but
in mid flight, I instantly realized how bad the situation could have
been. If the leash police had been watching, I would have been instantly
am now far more diligent about removing my leash upon exit from the
As far as being too cold to take your leash off, that in itself should
be a warning sign-to take it off. It's when you're cold and numb, that
you are the most likely to stumble and fall, or worse, like catch some
unsuspecting, innocent bystander and up end them. As far as your, embarrassing
Leash Snafu moment in Australia? Well, my only regret is, no one got
a photo of it. Sounds like it would of been a hell of a Parting Shot.
Keep Surfing and Pay Attention to the Leash Law.