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I just came across your new website and I just want to say I really enjoyed it. You not only bring the stoke of surfing you also include a great sense of community.
Thank you so much for the kind words. Your sentiment has echoed throughout our community, so thank you again. It's hard to believe I've done this for 6 years. Thankfully, with the new sponsors on board it has helped me keep going.
the way, I'm not sure if you knew this or not, but you are in my last
movie GROOVEMASTERS. It's a Longboard movie. I shot you at the Rocks
last year when I was out in the water. It's not a whole lot, but I have
you (no wetsuit). Also, there's a shot of you at the Wall. You should
check it out. They are in all the shops.
Hey Ralph! 3/27/09
Liking the new setup of the page bro, I read how you wrote this and last week about surfing alone, and empty waves out there if you look... Just wanted to let ya know, three weeks ago (or so) on what was probably our last big NW swell of the winter out here I surfed T---- and a mysto Left in P-------, no more than a 45 minute drive, max, form downtown LA all by myself for 3 plus hours, then shared the peak with two pretty chill rippers for another 2. True, you had to hike a cliff to get there, i was in prime localism zone, and there was definite consequence if you got hurt down that cliff.... but come on, all alone in LA?!? Who'd have thunk it!
Anyway, empty waves are defintitely still out there if you are willing to search!
Take care, and give my best to the crew! I'll send ya out some pics at some point!
I've gotten sessions at the R----, F---, the P----, F-----, D----...by myself. It's not like I'm invisible. And if only Mackey V would listen to the old man, he'd score with me. But he's 17 and needs to be with his buddies. I can dig that. It's just so funny to hear some people complain about crowds and all. Look, out here we have either direction. Massachusetts or Maine. It's funny to hear some of my local California friends rib me about New Hampshire. They think there must be borders or something. I keep telling them, we have FOUR states to surf in. All within driving distance.
Any ways, great to hear from you. I'm stoked to hear you like the new site. I'm still working on getting the site better. I know what you mean, about the way I have it set up, with viewing photos. I'm not that tech savvy to figure out how to do that. You do like it better this way than the old way correct? You just want to be able to see each photo, without closing each window right? That's what I need to do.
I'll tell everyone you said hello. Please do send me some pics. I'll make sure they stay safe as far as location. But I'll give the props out to you and your friends. Just tell me who's who when you send em.
Stay healthy and safe and keep surfing!
The page looks great. Im sure it will continue to evolve and the load time isnt bad. I guess it really depends on your connection.
The two shots below were me. That was a fun day. Billie was killing it as usual. I did see the other shots from the other morning. Great photos the sunrise photo with the guy knee paddling was great. A timeless photo. The photos made the waves look better than they actually were but we had a lot of fun. Bryon and I were just talking about the photos this morning and I said that its rare to have a photo of us walking out to the water. We have been surfing together for a long time and I realized that we have never taken the time to take photos. Once again, your efforts are appreciated.
Thank you. Were those shots of you? Hope the new site and thumbnails are settling in with everyone. I know people don't like change, but this new look is easier in the long run as far as the page loading quicker.
Did you ever see the shots of you and Bryon from that cold morning?
Thanks for the kind words. Good seeing you as well. Where did you surf that morning? Say where is Muskrat Ledge? Glad you liked the old shot of Kevin. It's a classic. And it is hard to believe that it's as old as it is. Guess we're all getting older.
I posted over 200 photos this week. Damn. Do you like the new look with all the sponsors and all? And the Thumbnails? It just seems to me that it loads faster with thumbs. Plus when you do click on them you actually get a bigger photo than before. Still change is hard for some people. Most everyone likes it better now after a few weeks.
there Ralph! 3/27/09
Any ways. I charge $25pr print. I can print a 8 x 10, or a 5 x 7, or just provide you with a high Res digital file and you can have it done somewhere else. Just let me know which photos you want.
Thanks for the kind words too. It means a lot to me knowing that so many of you get something out of my weekly rants and pics.
Surf Scene for sure. And it fits the Rules & Tips page.
are you liking the new camera?? Looks like it takes some sweet pictures!
I put your link up. It is a site I use so all of my buddies can see
their pictures and for the calendars...not to mention I have fun doing
Hey Kevin I like the camera a lot. But honestly,
anything was a step up from that last camera I was using. 5 megapixels?
I had to go bigger. And thank you for the kind words on the new site.
It's been a lot of work. Hell, it's a freaking full time job. I'm shooting
more and surfing less. But I'm not complaining. As long as it's surf
started surfing this past summer (last thing I thought I'd start doing
when I moved to Boston a year and a half ago) and have been hooked ever
since. Early on I found your blog and have enjoyed it weekly! I was
a little perturbed at the new look that came out, due to the human nature
in me that does not like change, but I'm already loving it! Looks great
Anyway, I always thank God every time I get in the water. I often raise my hands in thanks - just wondering if you might have got a pic of that. Or any pics of me riding - I have an black/dark blue excel suit and a canyon longboard.
for putting your time into the site - it's great.
Thanks for the kind words. And I'm glad you're stoked on the new look. As far as your request goes...I do not recall shooting that scene you described. However, all the photos are posted on the weekly blogs in the archives section. Let me know if you find it, I can get a high res for you. Thanks again. Keep surfing!
Hi Ralph, 3/19/09
I know you are busy with the new site and I want to give you 2 thumbs up on a job well done!
for the kind words Scott -keep surfing.
I am personally aware of the scope that your page has since many of my friends from as far as Canada talk to me about it all the time. We will pass it on to those who share the lifestyle.
Richard New Hampshire
Thanks Richard. I like our friends from up North. They help support the local shops.
Hey Ralph, 3/18/09
This is Matt from NH, I just picked up your DVD Groovemasters the other day and it was awesome. I wish that there were more people like you out there making great LOCAL surf dvds. Your column is awesome and I have been reading it for the last few years, I like the varied topics that you do cover, it is nice to know that there are like minded people in the area. It is amazing when I tell people about your column and dvd, no body knows about New England surf culture, keep spreading the good word, maybe Ill see you out there moving to the coast soon.
S. New Hampshire
Hey Ralph, 3/18/09
I am over on Kauai for 3 weeks. Big north swell the first few days here but has dropped radically since Sunday. A Surfer drowned on Friday in some big waves on the east side. I thought this article would be of interest maybe you have seen it already. What insanity! Hope all is wll with you and we will have to get together in April when we return.
Aloha, Tom Hawaii
agree. In fact, here's an email I wrote to a friend and a mother who's
son was killed in IRAQ. I hope I don't offend anyone. "I'm glad
they (The Administration) nixed the idea of having COMBAT Wounded Veterans
pay for their own insurance. However, it still does not take away from
this simple fact, and that is...'that he was even considering doing
this, in the first place.' It is beyond, any 'sound thinking American',
to even think about enacting such an absurd bill.
about this for saving money...Don't appear on the JAY LENO show tonight.
We'll save thousands on the fuel for Air Force One, and the Secret Service.
Lord help us all... "
you get some good surf. Sorry to hear about the guy who drowned. That's
Cc: "Ralph " <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Michael Kew 3-17-09
I cut my teeth on the reefs from Cardiff to Leucadia, actually learned how to surf at Swami's. There's really nothing for me down there these days, though, 'cept my parents, brother, and an old friend or two. But for a towhead kid in the mid-1980s, Encinitas was pretty bitchen.
Damn, that was 20-25 years ago!
Michael Kew California
Thats Kool Kew. Thanks for the note.
Hi Ralph, 3/13/09
a freelance documentary filmmaker and a well-mannered (but mostly terrible)
surfer doing some volunteer work for the Massachusetts chapter of the
Surfrider Foundation. I'm also a big fan of "Ralph's Pic of the
Week." Thanks for giving me something to always look forward to
on Mondays! and congrats on the new look.
Thank you for the kind words. I'm sure you're being extra critical, of your surfing skills. Are you having fun surfing? Then that's all that really matters. As long as your having fun, and not causing a scene out there, well...welcome to our world.Thanks again for the kind words, and Keep Surfing!
Thanks for the kind words. As far as painting my board. I used those colored marker pens. I simply penciled in the the drawing, and then used those markers. Dave Cropper (Cinnamon Rainbows) ordered the markers for me. You have to spray the board after you're done, with a clear based coating, or some kind of acrylic junk. I think there's a few companies who make the markers. The spray coating stuff, you can get at any hardware store. Being an artist, it was fun to do, but not very easy to blend colors. It's pretty limiting. Although, there's one guy who has it down, I forget his name, but he advertises in the mags.
Hello Ralph, 3/12/09
Thanks for all the work. I check this out every week.
andrew R. Sent Via email 3/12/09
Sent via email 3/9/09
Ralph I watched the movie Taking Chance last night. The story of returning a 19 year old marine who was killed in action in Iraq to his hometown.
I thought of you, I thought of my foster brother & I thought of my father in law all people I respect.
A marine, an army ranger-green beret & navy sailor that saw action & fought for our country.
In case I never see you again, or get to talk to you, let me just say thank you.
was a good movie. Very well done. And thanks for thinking of me and
And never see you again? I'm coming back. You ain't seen the last of me. Ha!
Sent by email on 3/9/09
Sometimes you ride a pink longboard, if it's all you have.
Jimmy Dunn - secure in his masculinity, somewhere warm.
photo by Judie.
Ha! I never saw this until just now! I remember this shot. When you were on the Cruise ship right? That's funny...you borrowed this Pink board? *Still, the BIG difference between you and the guy on the PARTING shot is...you know how to surf.
amazing my friend, unbelievable quality and quantity. What surf spot/surfing
community in the World gets that kind of coverage of a swell the week
it happened? There isnt a comparable website anywhere. You are
really mastering that Nikon, by the way. I thought the empty wave shot
Big Beef lip shot and whip turn at the wall
I see you have added the links to the other pages across the top. Its just a fantastic visual treat this week; great video clip and Nevins, Carden, Ralph all at the top of their game.
only problem I see is how are you going to maintain this pace? Anything
I can do to help just let me know.