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August 18th, 2019 The RUN is 6 out of 6 Weeks.
Waist high or better at least once a week.

There were Waist high to chest high waves on
on August 15 & 160th, 2019 this week!


Send your SURF Pics to me directly to ralph@adlantic.com.
Need photos by 12 noon on Saturdays. 
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The 10th Anniversary of SURFING WITH SMILES.
Another Surprise Swell This Week. The Trouble With man Buns. And Finally, the 50th Anniversary of WOODSTOCK

 



And just like that SURFING WITH SMILES turned 10 years old. Seems like yesterday that this undertaking was just getting started. Well they are firing on all pistons these past 5 years alone. This event went from a handful of surfers with special needs to over 80 participants on Thursday August 15th, 2019. And with the 80 surfers there four times as many volunteers. I have to admit I was blown away by the last one in July. And this one was just as big. Just as significant. It was in a nutshell HUGE!

I was there trying to document the entire event. I was shooting strictly video and I was shooting in 4 K. I have been documenting these summer nights for 10 years now. There's a new video down in the video section that pretty much captures the night. The problem with 4K is, it eats up a ton of space. But I think I got some good clips. I used my super talented nephew QWILL for the soundtrack.

His music fits the mood of the edit perfectly.

These two women are the main forces behind Surfing With Smiles SWS.
Taylor Thomas and Lindsey Mercer came up with this concept some 10 years ago. They both loved surfing so much that they thought it would be the perfect vehicle for kids with Autism and special needs. Much like what we do with the Wounded Warriors each year. My mantra of SURFING HEALS ALL WOUNDS is once again at the forefront of the SWS events.



Taylor and Lindsey are something special. They will downplay their roles in this most popular summer event, but those in the know are well aware of what these two have accomplished. God Bless them both.

Yes there are other main players here as well. Pictured below are Kevin Grondin and Dave Cropper. Kevin is a longtime US Surfing Champion who is of legendary status in the surf world. And Dave Cropper is about as nice of a human being that ever walked the face of the earth. Talk about giving of one's self to better the lives of others. These two wrote the book on lending a helping hand. I depend on both of them for our annual Wounded Warriors HIT THE BEACH program.



And look, I am well aware of the hundreds of volunteers who help out each summer. There are too many to name. Now they come from miles around to help out with the SWSW program. From the local surf community to the outside fringes they come in droves. It seems like so many people are here to sacrifice a small part of their time to put a smile on these kids faces.



I know surfers. I know what they are made up of. Most of them are jaded and only want for themselves. But this event seems to bring out the best in them. I see surfers helping these kids by getting them into waves each summer and I swear I've never been more proud them. Young and old. The surfers come out for this event. And they do the same for the Wounded Warrior HIT THE BEACH. I'm older now. I can see more clearly. And I am convinced that there are more people doing good things in this world than than are those doing bad. At least in our little sliver of the universe. Here on the NH Seacoast we have good hearted souls willing to sacrifice their time and effort to make someone else's life a little bit better.



I'm proud of all the Volunteers who help out with the SWS and the HIT THE BEACH events each summer. If there is a guest list in Heaven, all of you volunteers are on that list.



*All photos above taken by Martha Lardent ** Except the one's with my watermark on them. Duh.

So once again the surf forecasters had it wrong this week. They were calling for 1' to maybe 2' surf this week. But as you can all clearly see by these pics below, it was bigger than that. I called it waist to chest high. Or in regular folk speak, 3' to 4'. Kainalu Nichols is 6'. That wave is breaking pretty far out in front of him. But it doesn't take a rocket scientist to see that the wave is bigger than one foot. Can you see that?



The one below is easily stomach high. And here's the best part.
The water was super warm. Not as warm as that last week in July, but pretty damn warm. How warm? Well, I swam out and took some water pics. And I only had a 1mm set of sleeves. I wore just trunks and my sleeves. Honestly? I could have simply trunked it if I wanted to.

FYI Kai is a volunteer for both SWS and HTB.



Not sure who this is, but I'm sure of the wave size.



This is Michael. He's a Worcester, MA firefighter, He drives up every summer to surf and to volunteer for both SWS and HTB. He's a good man.

Thursday was the 50th Anniversary of Woodstock. I made this poster below.



Unfortunately, none of us had any idea of what was going on back in the states. My dear old friend Larry Smith wrote to me about Woodstock. I didn't get the letter until a couple of weeks later. He went all three days. I got really mad at him when I found out that he was leaving when Jimi Hendrix played. I heard that Hendrix played at 7:00AM on the last day. I could just picture my friend walking up those muddy hills listening to Hendrix play that iconic version of The STAR SPANGLED BANNER. Sounded like I missed a good time.

Though seeing photos of the concert with all that rain and mud, it didn't look like much fun. But then again, compared to where I was? And what I was doing? Nah...I wouldn't have traded places with Larry. I thought I was doing the right thing. I have no regrets. Well, maybe a few.

I've often wondered if there were really 300,000 people there. I'm gonna guess that there were a significant amount of Vietnam Vets there. The war in Vietnam lasted from 1964 to 1975. So in 1969 there would have to be some Nam vets there. I hope they had a good time. Because they earned it.

Here's something I can't wait to see. Lisa Anderson's TROUBLE.



Lisa was the real deal. And she could surf circles around most men I know. This should be fun. I met Lisa when she was up here a fews ago. She was
and I'm sure she still is, a great surfer. I'll be there.

Speaking of annual events. This is the 28th Anniversary of SFR.



Most of you longtime readers know that I retired from SFR after 25 years. I handed over the reins to Duffy McCarthy. He has young kids and his friends all have young kids too. I figured 25 years of fighting pirates was enough. I still help out without getting my hands dirty or bloody. Lord knows I've fought enough pirates to fill my quota. If you have young surf groms drop by and get involved. Trust me your kids will love it.


Please join the friends and family of Surfer Curtis T. McGadden
TODAY. Sunday August 18th, 2019 at 4:00PM to 6:00PM across from
Cinnamon Rainbows on Ocean Blvd in Hampton, NH



Let's Give Our Friend and Brother Curtis a proper Surfer's Send Off.

Thank you to all Volunteers from SURFING WITH SMILES
and please remember my healing words my friends.

"Surfing Heals All Wounds."

 

 

 

 





 

 



This is one of my all time favorite Ed pics. It was shot on July 16th, 2008. That's Max cutting back and me sitting me in front of Max shooting video. The best thing about this day is I had no idea Ed was there shooting that day. Photo by Ed O'Connell
*Click the photo above to see a larger version of Ed's Pic.

Now for Some Local, National and International News
This is important. I'm hoping that none of my friends ever sport one of these God Awful things on their heads. There ought to be some kind of a Man Card Law against these things. This meme makes the most sense of what these damn things truly are. They are not Man Buns. They are Man Trashheads.



And if this doesn't explain it all, than nothing will.



This actually works for this guy. On second thought, it might work better if he was Japanese.



This almost looks real. Except Poor Putin has thinning hair.



I wonder if his base would put up with this look? Of course they would. He can do no wrong in their eyes. I'd have a better name for this particular look. I'd call this a Buffoon Bun.



CULL (KILL) THE FRICKING SEALS!! Something MUST Be Done about the Seal Population on the Cape. It's time to cull the Seals. *I came up with I think might be a good solution. Why Not get robotic ORCAS and have them putter around the beaches of the Cape? Great White Sharks are terrified of them. Hell the mechanical shark (Bruce) in JAWS terrified an entire generation. Let's try the motorized ORCA and terrorize the White Sharks!



ESM (Eastern Surf Magazine) using a READY MAG format did the Best of Ralph's Pic. And while they couldn't possibly use everything thing I've ever done, they did manage to put up some 50 pics of mine, plus two videos. And I was truly humbled by their intro. Mez said some nice things about me. CLICK ON THE IMAGE ABOVE TO SEE THE WHOLE Spread.

Speaking of The Beatles...This show is worth seeing.



COMING FATHER'S DAY 2020.



So while I was making the GRANITE GIRLS video I came up with this project and concept. It's never been done before. As hard as that seems to be. I'm onto yet another groundbreaking Surf Movie concept. This will be an overview of Surfer dads and their sons. It's a work in progress and I'm hoping to get as many dads and their sons as possible in this movie.



It's that time of year again when we have to start thinking about our annual HIT THE BEACH. This is our 12th year and we are looking forward to this day. So mark your calendars. There will
be more on this as the summer winds down.
HIT THE BEACH XII on August 30th, 2019 from 8AM to 2PM.



The DVD's are available at all the local surf shops. Or by
sending me an email. ralph@adlantic.com or send a check for $20.00 made out to ADLANTIC and send it here:

ADLANTIC
c/o OC Studio Suites
703 Ocean Blvd Suite C-4
Hampton, NH 03842


Or RENT or BUY it Online. You have spoken and I have listened. You don't have a DVD player so I made it available Online. Watch it on your Smart TV, your computer, or your cellphone! I can't make this any easier my friends.


GRANITE GIRLS and The RIVER WOMEN from Ralph's Pic Of The Week on Vimeo. NOW AVAILABLE on VIMEO ON DEMAND.

KSM Photoshop of the Week
This was automatic for this week. Of course KSM would be showing off his new Man Bun. In hindsight he should have had one of his fellow guards do the honors. Ole Khaliddy messed up with the self shaving of his skull here. If only he were more patient.




And so my friends, please take advantage of this weekly photo shop of the mastermind who planned 9-11 and resulted in the deaths of 3,000 innocent civilians by KSM (Khalid Sheik Mohammed).

*Note to self -must pick up a case of Hot Cross Buns
at Home Depot this week.

CONGRATS TO KAINALU NICHOLS Going PRO!
*Look for the full story and video next week.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY Veda Cropper August 23rd, 2019!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY Kainaulu Nichols August 24th, 2019!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY Duke Kahanamoku August 24th, 2019!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY Hannah Vokey August 24th, 2019!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY Johnny Fatello August 25th, 2019!
GET WELL SOON Jody Wiles Goucher!
GET WELL SOON Kim Grondin and Lilly too!

FYI Lenny Nichols is looking for someone or someones to take over the ESA-NNE District. Please contact Lenny Nichols by calling his cell (603) 944-2418




Please Support ALL The photographers who contribute to
Ralph's Pic Of The Week
every
week for the last 13 years.
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Remember my friends... Surfing Heals All Wounds
.
Pray for Surf. Pray for Peace. Surf For Fun.


Ralph




   
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A Wave a day for 365 consecutive days.
Yesterday- From the Summer of 1971.
(Below) This is Peter Harter and Steve O'Hara. The photo was taken in 1971 on Seabrook Beach. Check out that board that the blond grom is standing on. That's totally 1971! Hard to tell which one of these guys is Stevie. I'm guessing that Stevie standing on the blue board and he's the kid in the white trunks.
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All PHOTOS BELOW SHOT THIS WEEK *Unless otherwise noted.  
Today- Before the Fog Friday August 16th, 2019.
Photos by RALPH
 



(Above) Friday morning glass at the Wall.
Friday August 16th, 2019.
Photo by RALPH
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(Above)
Before the dense fog rolled in. There was glass.
August 16th, 2019.
Photo by RALPH
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(Above)
Kainalu was out with his new epoxy. Friday morning glass.
August 16th, 2019.
Photo by RALPH
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(Above)
It appears that his board is responsive to his speed and skill.
Kainalu and his new epoxy. Friday morning glass.
August 16th, 2019.
Photo by RALPH
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(Above)
Call me old school, but I love the simple look of a smooth cutback.
Kainalu Nichols. Friday morning glass. August 16th, 2019.
Photo by RALPH *Click on the photo above to see the whole gallery








(Above) Consummate volunteer Mike from Worcester, MA was getting his fair share of the Friday morning glass. August 16th, 2019.
Photo by RALPH *Click on the photo above to see the whole gallery






(Above) Clearly waist to shoulder high. Friday morning glass.
August 16th, 2019.
Photo by RALPH
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(Above)
Clearly this new board of his was hitting all the right marks.
Kainalu Nichols. Friday morning glass. August 16th, 2019.
Photo by RALPH *Click on the photo above to see the whole gallery






(Above) The problem with still photography is you can't see speed.
You can only imagine how fast he's really going. Trust me, he's flying.
Kainalu Nichols. Friday morning glass. August 16th, 2019.
Photo by RALPH *Click on the photo above to see the whole gallery










(Above) Preston prior to the dense fog. August 16th, 2019.
Photo by RALPH *Click on the photo above to see the whole gallery


Today- Then Came the Fog. Friday August 16th, 2019.
Photos by RALPH






(Above) And out of the dense fog came the big man himself. Preston.
Friday morning Fog. August 16th, 2019.
Photo by RALPH
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(Above)
And this would be Kainalu Nichols. Getting a little too close for
my liking. Friday morning Fog. August 16th, 2019.
Photo by RALPH
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(Above)
Emmett King gliding thru the fog. August 16th, 2019. Photo by RALPH
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(Above)
Emmett King facing a decent looking wave. Friday morning Fog. August 16th, 2019. Photo by RALPH
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(Above)
This paddler got caught inside. Friday morning Fog.
August 16th, 2019.
Photo by RALPH
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(Above) Emmett and Preston talking about the night before (SWS).
Friday morning Fog. August 16th, 2019.
Photo by RALPH
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(Above)
It was hard to focus in the fog. It must have been harder to surf in it.
Kainalu Nichols Friday morning Fog. August 16th, 2019.
Photo by RALPH
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Victoria is featured in the new GRANITE GIRLS Movie







(Above) Yes I tweaked the colors and the contrast. Otherwise it would be a dense fog look. Emmet King Friday morning Fog. August 16th, 2019.
Photo by RALPH
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(Above)
Colby was out with Becca (who I barely saw) and managed to scratch into a few. Friday morning Fog. August 16th, 2019. Photo by RALPH
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(Above)
Colby came out of the Fog on a couple of decent waves.
Friday morning Fog. August 16th, 2019.
Photo by RALPH
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Today- The 10th Annual SURFING WITH SMILES
Thursday August 15th, 2019.
Photos by RALPH




(Above) The Surfing With Smiles volunteers. Proud of all the men and women who volunteer for this special program.
Thursday August 15th, 2019.
Photo by RALPH
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(Above) Surfing With Smiles. Check my shadow holding two cameras. Thursday August 15th, 2019.
Photo by RALPH
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(Above) Shooting stills and video. Surfing With Smiles volunteer Lenny Nichols. Thursday August 15th, 2019. Photo by RALPH
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(Above) Later that night. Jason Borte with his lovely girlfriend (I don't know the correct spelling of her name). Thursday August 15th, 2019.
Photo by RALPH
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(Above)
I know the correct spelling of their names. Taylor Thomas and Lindsey Mercer. The two Angels of
"Surfing With Smiles" Thursday August 15th, 2019.
Photo by RALPH
*Click on the photo above to see the whole gallery





   
Today- The Latest EL CHAMBO High Sea Adventure.
Thursday August
8th, 2019.
Photos by El Chambo
 




(Above)
She glows red in the dark, this one. Thursday August 8th, 2019.
Photo by El Chambo
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(Above)
The Fleet awaits the arrival of El Chambo and his crusty crew. Thursday August 8th, 2019. Photo by El Chambo

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(Above) This man changed my thinking about the SUP. Mr Samuel.
Thursday August 8th, 2019.
Photo by El Chambo

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(Above) This is why. Mr Samuel performing a text book bottom turn.
Thursday August 8th, 2019.
Photo by El Chambo

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(Above)
However, my heart lies deep in the true soul of surfing. Now that doesn't make me a bad person. I might be a tad stubborn, but at least
my eyes are now open.
Thursday August 8th, 2019.
Photo by El Chambo
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(Above)
Mr Samuel knows how to surf on the SUP. Love this glassy hump.
Thursday August 8th, 2019.
Photo by El Chambo

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(Above)
And as much as
Samuel changed my thinking on the SUP, so too
did El Chambo change me and my backwards brain on the sheer beauty
of riding prone on one's belly. This too my friends is Surfing!
Thursday August 8th, 2019.
Photo by El Chambo

*Click on the photo above to see the whole gallery


(Above) JoJo left his home in Tuscon Arizona for some California glass.
Thursday August 8th, 2019.
Photo by El Chambo

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(Above)
Somewhere many miles from shore. Th
e man and his SUP.
Mr Samuel. Thursday August 8th, 2019.
Photo by El Chambo

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check out the amazing sounds and songs of qwill

click on these images to see and hear the man who's
music I use more than 90% of the time in my videos

 

 







(Above)
They say that "every now and then, even the Blind Pelican finds a big fish." Ladies and Gentlemen, behold, EL CHAMBO rocking the shit out of this wave! Bravo my good man! Bravo! *Note to EC get this bitch FRAMED ASAP!
Thursday August 8th, 2019. Photo courtesy of El Chambo
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Today- Some Pics From My Now Weekly Nature Gallery
Thursday
August 15th, 2019. Photos by RALPH



(Above) Because there's more to life than just surfing my friends.
Patch taking his weekly natural bath. Thursday August 15th, 2019.
Photo by RALPH
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(Above)
This is home to some furry creature.
Thursday August 15th, 2019.
Photo by RALPH
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(Above)
Green on green.
Thursday August 15th, 2019.
Photo by RALPH
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