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Nineteen Eighty Two
The year was 1982. A handful of friends surfing the Wall.
Featuring: Robin Rowell, Kevin Grondin, Mike Paugh, Billy Ritchie, and yours truly Ralph

Music is by Roxy Music
   

August 7th, 2022 The RUN is 0 out of 0 Weeks.
Waist high or better at least once a week.

There were NO waist high waves this week

THE RECORD FOR THE MOST CONSECUTIVE WEEKS IN A ROW FOR WAIST HIGH OR BETTER. August 8th, 2021 was 53 WEEKS! TOPPING THE 43 CONSECUTIVE WEEKS SET IN 2009!



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THE PASSING OF TWO LEGENDS.
And the honoring two others who served
our country and our community.

 



JAMES "JIMMY" HAROLD May 3rd, 1943-July 31st, 2022
I met Jim Harold in 1977. Though it’s possible that I may have met him earlier when I played TJ's (the club prior to the RAT in 1974). I was attending Art School in Kenmore Sq. I went to The Art Institute of Boston at 700 Beacon Street. I graduated in 1974 and had a couple of different bands from 71-76 played the college circuit and clubs in and around Boston. The VINNY band was from 1976 to 1984.

The RAT was high on the list for all local bands, and we were no different. Though it was really tough getting past those Monday and Tuesday night slots, to get closer to the coveted weekend slots. Because we had that early Italian R&R shtick in 1977, Mitch fell in love with us. And as a result of that, we went straight to the weekends. I mean Mitch was a full blooded Italian/musician and he absolutely loved us. He got us our second gig a couple of weeks later opening for the REAL KIDS on the weekend. Mitch was the man, and if you had him on your side, that was more than half the battle. Jimmy liked us well enough to listen to Mitch's high praise for us and well, the rest is history. Jim even paid for us to record some demos in the Western Mass studio where they recorded and mixed LIVE AT THE RAT. We did eventually end up headlining on the weekends by 78-79. 



Funny story about Jim and I.  He absolutely wanted to kill me because of my "Barnum and Bailey" approach to plastering all of Kenmore Square with my Canary Yellow VINNY BAND Posters. I guess he was constantly in trouble and getting fined. But the truth is, other bands were doing it too. Just not to the extent of what I was doing. I looked at what PT Barnum was doing in his promoting the circus, and used the same technique. Much to the dismay of Jimmy. My thinking was PT Barnum knew a thing or two about advertising .

Honestly, we got along great. the RAT was like a second home to so many of us. And make no mistake about it, all the bands hung out there and we all got along. It was mecca for the Boston Rock/Punk scene. On any given night, you could stop by and there was a good chance that some of your friends would be there. It was our home. Not to take away from any of the other clubs, re: Cantones, The Club, The Paradise, Inn Square Mens Bar, etc. it's just that The RAT was the main focal point for so many of us. 

One of the highlights for me and our band, was when Jimmy came to me, in late August and said he wanted us to open for the Police on their first of four nights at The RAT. That was a big deal. That was on Thursday October 26th, 1978. They had played their first night in America on October 20th at CBGB's the week before.

Jimmy and I used to joke some 20 plus years later, about how many people claimed that they were there that first night. "Shit if I had a dollar for every person who claimed they were there that first night, I'd be rich." he'd say.

I'm happy that we remained friends for his entire life. It was just last year that he contacted me about a Rat Documentary that he and his daughter Courtney were working on. He was forever inviting me down to go out on the boat with him. His Rat reunion gigs were always fun too. And the Rat Suite scene was another one. 

It's funny, I'm a Marine Corps Vietnam vet, and I have a special bond with the kids I served with and fought with over there. But I have to say, I have a similar bond with that 77-84 era of RAT bands, that I am still friends with today. Not only the players like Johnny Angel, Steve Cataldo, Jonathan Paley, Richie Parsons, Willie Alexander, John Felice, David Robinson, Beth and Lee Harrington, David Minehan, but those who hung around The Rat and that whole scene. From Anne Marie Foley and Theo Greenblatt, to the Dombrowski girls. Shit, my first date with my wife Cory, we ended up at the Rat. I have nothing but fond memories of the Rat, and all the people who worked there (Granny, Otto, Mike, Eric, Angel, Ricky, Dougie) and to all the hundreds of musicians who played there. There’s just too many to name.

The last time I played the Rat was in May 20th, of 1995. Jimmy put together a huge Memorial Tribute Night for Mitch. The VINNY Band was one of many bands that played that night. After that show, I remember talking with Jimmy about the night, and what it meant for all of us. At the end, I looked at him, and said for the first time "Jimmy, I love you man." He looked at me and without any hesitation, said the same. "I love you too Ralph." Back in the days of Punk, none of us were saying that shit. But as we got older, we got a little softer.

I just know, that every time after that night, we ended our conversations with that line. "I Love you Jimmy. I f-ing love you man."

For all of my friends who might not know the true significance, of the recent passing of Jim Harold, owner of The Rathskeller (RAT) in Kenmore Square in Boston. It was not only Mecca for local Boston bands from 1976 to 1997, but a venue for some of the biggest national, and international acts. From the CARS to the POLICE, from the TALKING HEADS to THE RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS. Jim Sullivan covers it all, in this in depth story on Jim Harold, and the club that started it all, The RAT



Click on the pic above to read the Jim Sullivan piece. Trust me, Jim is one
of the best writers of the Rock and Roll scene in the entire country. This is well worth your time. Or I will personally refund all of your money back. Wait, what money? This Blog is free. Seriously, check it out. Fascinating stuff. And I'm proud to say, that I am part of it.



ROBIN ROWELL June 10th, 1953-August 3rd, 2022

Robin Rowell has passed away. That's a bitter line to write. I've known Robin since the early 70's. We're closing in on 50 years. Robin had stopped surfing a few years ago due to health conditions. But he was always, and I mean ALWAYS a walking, and talking, encyclopedia of surfing. Especially his beloved California. Nobody knew as much about surfing in California than Robin Rowell. I'm not kidding. The man knew it all. And all of you out there, who know Robin, will agree with me. He literally knew it all. He was the proverbial "Know-it-all." Who really did, know it all.



Back in the day, Robin was one of the most powerful surfers to ever surf our waves. He was like a linebacker out there, with the finesse of a wide receiver. He was in a word, "intense." Just a pleasure to watch him take off behind the peak and just rip the snot out of the wave in front of him. A goofy foot with smarts. Man could he surf. Kevin Grondin recently said "He had power and the smoothest style. That's the best combination. Power and style."

I first met him in the early 70's at 10th Street. There was a small knee to waist high swell running when I saw him on the beach. He was sitting in some kind of lotus yoga position reading a book on "psychology."

He had that distinctive bowl hair cut like George Greenough.

I walked up to him and asked him why he was reading "that book" when there was surf to be had. He looked at me and laughed "Waves? What waves? Those aren't waves. Those are shin high ankle biters!" I looked down at this lotus sitting, California "Surfer dude" and literally kicked that book of Psychology right out of his hands. "Who the hell are you?" He yelled as I burst into laughter. I reached down to shake his hand, and introduced myself to him. "My name is Ralph. And you and I are going surfing right now, so put that book down and lets go!" And that's how I met Robin. And we became the best of friends that first day. Years later, we would talk about our first meeting and just crack up laughing. You have to admit, that was pretty classic.

We were all such close friends back in the day.

The whole crew. Joe, Norm, Stanley, Ronnie, Hammer, me, Kevin, Zappy, Neddie. Allen, Berts, JT, Todd Ross, Ronnie Freeman, Dickie Byrne, JT, and his California boys. Craig, Mike Murphy, and so many more. We did it all. Surfing and Skateboarding. And we were very covert in all of our sessions.
Robin would spend every summer in Hampton, and then go back to California from September to June. He did this for many years.



When he would go back to California, we would actually write letters by hand to each other. Can you imagine? We actually wrote letters by hand. He was not into the Internet or smart phones. in fact, last year he was still using an old flip phone. Robin was very old school.



There are too many stories to tell about Robin here. And some of my close friends and I here in Hampton could write a book about those days. Kevin, Kim, Duffy, Stan, Allen, Lenny, and Ronnie. Meanwhile, I want to send my most sincere condolences to his sister Lesley, and his nephews, Corey, Jason, and Kyle Howard. And of course, Elena. The years with Elena were some of his happiest times filled with wonderful memories.

I hope he's with his sister Wendy, and his dad Sonny again. Maybe they are playing Golf right now. Who knows? However, I do know with 100% certainty, that he absolutely loved his family and friends. And he was sorry if he ever hurt anyone's feeling along the way. I know this, because we talked in depth about it. Life can be a struggle. Lord knows we have seen it in every aspect of life.
None of us are perfect. We all struggle from time to time. But love, the love of friends and family are hard to hide. but sometimes you have to look deep to see it. I could see it in Robin. I could see it clearly. From the first moment we met, when I kicked that book out of his hands, to the last time I saw him.

He loved his family and his friends. If you were Robin's friend, he loved you. If you were family, he loved you. Lesley, Jason, Corey, and Kyle. He really loved you all.



It goes without saying, that we all loved Robin.

Life is funny. There was a time back in the 70's and 80's when Robin would spend his winters in California and then spend his Summers and Fall in New England. We have lots of fond memories hanging out with the crew at 10th Street waiting for the Hurricanes to arrive. Lots of laughs and great times. None of us I'm sure ever thought those days would end. We'd be young and healthy forever. We'd all live to surf another summer together. But life has a way of catching up to us all. Some of the crew from those days have passed away and some have drifted off and got away from surfing altogether. Some of us however, remain ever vigil. Keeping the flame burning at the coast.

Especially at 10th Street. We still own that piece of cement and keep watch over her. Now-a-days, Robin's young nephew Kyle Howard has taken the place of Robin in his annual Summer sojourns to New Hampshire. Watching Kyle and my son Max, along with Kody Grondin and Jesse Gould hangout and surf, is like reliving that time period in my life. It's like we've come full circle. I will miss Robin for the rest of my life. But I'll look forward to seeing Corey and his wife, and their twin boys, as well as Jason and Lesley, and of course, Kyle (who actually looks like Robin), as he joins this new generation of Surf buddies as they form their own fond memories.

And just like those days of yesterday, I hope the surf always comes up when they visit, and we all share in the glory of riding waves among friends. Because, that's what Robin would have wanted. I know this in my heart. Robin, I've got a pretty good feeling, that I'll be seeing you again. And I bet when I do, Joe will be standing right next to you. And won't that be something.



Until we meet again. Keep paddling Robin. There's a set on the horizon. A perfect left coming right at you.  Keep paddling Robin...keep paddling brother. Keep paddling.

"SURFING, AND ROCK & ROLL HEALS ALL WOUNDS."

 





Ed took this movie of Robin in mid switch foot. This was in the early 70's at the wall. The old video frame grab from the old super 8mm movie camera. I was so stoked to fin some of Ed's movie footage. Photo by Ed O'Connell
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NOW FOR SOME LOCAL AND NATIONAL NEWS
THIS COMING THURSDAY AUGUST 11th, 2022.
The 2nd SURFING WITH SMILES of The Summer of 2022.



The MARINE MEMORIAL ON HAMPTON BEACH
Thank you to all who stood in the blistering summer heat on Saturday to witness the unveiling of the new names being added to the Marine Memorial "Lady of The Sea" including CPL Jonathan Currier USMC. Check out the gallery of photos down in the photo section. Expect a video withing the next few days.



The annual JIMMY DUNN HBCF
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The 14th Annual HIT THE BEACH EVENT is on schedule this year for Friday August 26th, 2022. So mark your calendars.
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IN LOVING MEMORY OF EVAN AUSTIN



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KSM Photoshop of the Week
They say that gas prices are starting to come back down. Looks like KSM is still miserable at the GITMO GAS STATION. I guess he works there part time when he's not selling camel manure to the locals. By the looks of things, the price of gas on GITMO must still be pretty damn high. Though, I'm not sure I've ever seen a photo of The Sheik smiling or laughing. *Not the plastic glove.



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).
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Please keep local surfer Mike Keefe in your thoughts and prayers in the next few months during his treatments. Hang in there Mike!
Please keep local Surfer/Musician Pete Kowalski in your thoughts and prayers. SURFING HEALS ALL WOUNDS!
Please Keep local surfer Bill M. in your thoughts and prayers.

REST IN PEACE BILL RUSSELL
88yrs old Boston Celtics Legend with 11 titles.


REST IN PEACE Enyi Okezie 60yrs old.
REST IN PEACE Tony Dow 77yrs old. played Wally Cleaver on the show LEAVE IT TO BEAVER.
REST IN PEACE Jim Harold. 1943-2022
REST IN PEACE Robin Rowell 1953 -2022
CONGRATS TO MARKEY J Granddaughter Number 3!!
GET WELL SOON Ryan Jackson NH2O!
PLEASE keep Kim Grondin in your thoughts and prayers too.
PLEASE KEEP ROBIN ROWELL In Your thoughts and Prayers.
HANG IN THERE ROBIN. KEEP FIGHTING!.
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Pray for Surf. Pray for Peace. Surf For Fun.


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Yesterday-
ROBIN ROWELL "GHOST TOWN" 1974

(Below) This is from the same session as last week. This is Robin hitting the bank, while Joe Somogyi looks on. Up on the take off spot is Bruz and Kevin. As you can see Joe and Robin are barefoot. We all skated barefoot except Bruz. Robin was in my honest opinion, one of the most knowledgeable individuals on the history of California surfing and the early days of New Hampshire surfing.
I managed to see Robin every time I went out there. We have had some great times together, and shared many of the same memories. I hope you are at peace and you're getting all the set waves. RIP Brother.
Photo Video frame grab from super 8mm by RALPH





I kept a daily Blog on my CATCH A WAVE FOR MOLLY surf campaign, when I surfed every single day for 365 consecutive days. Click on the Banner above to read entries of my daily journey. There's some really interesting and true experiences
that happened during that year. Some of which are to this day, unexplainable. Some are just mind blowing. But all true.

I started on July 26th, 2010 and ended on July 26th, 2011.

Some rainy Sunday, pour yourself a cup and go through the journal. Pay close attention to the month of May in 2011. Read that month and let me know what you think of that. Be forewarned it will change you forever.


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Today- The ROBIN ROWELL GALLERY
Sunday August 7th, 2022.
Photos by various photographers

 



(Above)
Corey and Kyle Howard with Uncle Robin with Trestles
Photo courtesy of the Rowell Family
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(Above) As much as he loved California, he did enjoy the snow.
Photo courtesy of the Rowell Family
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(Above) But his true passion was surfing. And not just surfing, but sharing waves with good friends. Robin, Kevin , and Zappy. Somewhere on the
west coast.
Photo courtesy of the Rowell Family
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(Above) Robin and Duffy enjoying a NH sail on-board the Pisces.
Photo courtesy of the Rowell Family
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(Above) Robin was the REAL DEAL Surfer in his time.
Photo courtesy of the Rowell Family
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(Above) Robin and Elena skiing the white mountains.
Photo courtesy of the Rowell Family
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(Above) Robin on the right looking pretty dang dapper.
Photo courtesy of the Rowell Family
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(Above) Robin doing what he does best.
Photo courtesy of the Rowell Family
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(Above) Corey and Uncle Robin on the beach.
Photo courtesy of the Rowell Family
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(Above) Duffy and Robin in the white Mountains
Photo courtesy of the Rowell Family
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Today- Matt Colby's Central America Surf Trip
Summer 2022.
Photos courtesy of MColby



(Above) This is the only pic of Colby surfing the world's second longest left point break. July, 2022.
Photo courtesy of MColby
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(Above) Meanwhile in the land of rights. Colby scores. July, 2022.
Photo courtesy of MColby
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(Above) Colby has his own carving style. I can pick him out a mile away.
July, 2022.
Photo courtesy of MColby
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(Above) Colby in El Colby Land. July, 2022.
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(Above)
This is the typical Colby slash. July, 2022.
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(Above) El Colby carves. July, 2022.
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(Above) This? This is the El Colby slash. July, 2022.
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(Above) And this? El Colby loves to flay around on the inside sections.
Just be careful in there. Remember NH2O. July, 2022.
Photo courtesy of MColby
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Today- Jim Harold's Wake Sunday August 7th, 2022
Photos courtesy of RALPH


(Above) The man opened the Club that started it all. Jim Harold and the RAT. August 7th, 2022. Photo by RALPH
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(Above) The bands and the boys who made the music.
Jim Harold and the RAT.
August 7th, 2022. Photo by RALPH
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(Above) The men who kept the order. August 7th, 2022.
Photo by RALPH
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Today- THE MARINE MEMORIAL REDEDICATION
Saturday August 6th, 2022
Photos by RALPH



(Above) This was one of the nicest and most well attended memorial gatherings I've ever witnessed in the summer. August 6th, 2022.
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(Above) The men who made this happen. Tom Sherman, CDR Berk Bennett, Mike Edgar, and Governor Chris Sununu. August 6th, 2022.
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(Above) The family of Marine Cpl Johnathan Currier USMC who's name was recently engraved on the Lady Of The Sea Memorial at
Hampton Beach with Governor Sununu. . August 6th, 2022.
Photo by RALPH *Click on the photo above to see the whole gallery


Today- T
he Estelle Appel Memorial Gathering Booth bay Harbor Maine. Saturday August 6th, 2022 Photos by RALPH



(Above) The family of Estelle Appel who devoted most of her adult life to community service in Booth bay Harbor Maine. She was a wonderful woman. August 6th, 2022. Photo by RALPH
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(Above) This is a spectacular photo of a sunset taken a few days ago in Maine. August , 2022. Photo by Frank Dehler
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(Above) Two of my favorite people. Michael Rosa and his son Skyler Rosa showing off their Yoga medals. July 31st, 2022.
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CLICK ON THE PLAY BUTTON on each clip to view videos


FIRST SUMMER SWELL OF 2022.mp4
from SURF FREE OR DIE on Vimeo. This was the first official swell of the summer of 2022. It hit on the 24th of June and lasted 5 days. The two best days were Saturday the 25th and Sunday the 26th. The water was intoxicatedly warm. In fact it was 70 degrees on Sunday. That's pretty damn warm for June. The music is a song I wrote in 1982.
I remember writing it in the summer of 83 and David Robinson and I worked out the arrangement and he produced it at Syncro Sound. This was to be one of the follow up songs to The VINNY LP that he produced.
I remember doing those cool ascending and descending background vocals. David and I have worked well together with all three of my bands. That's David playing the Linn Drum and my brother Johnny plays a really cool guitar
solo at the end of the song. *On a sad note, the day I shot this video, a biker was killed by a drunk driver in broad daylight.

There's a scene of bikers at the end of this video. I wonder if he was one of them. RIP David Penney.


MAMA'S DAY 2022.mp4 from SURF FREE OR DIE on Vimeo.

From Sunday May 8th to Friday May 13th, 2022. Five days of overhead waves. Seriously, 5 days worth. It never really cleaned up, but surfing overhead surf in May? Nobody was about to complain. The whole Mother's Day theme was carried along with the soundtrack. I used my own music that I wrote and recorded from the mid 70's.
The VINNY Band was a popular Boston/New England band in the 70's-80's. These songs? They crack me up. There's nothing about them that sounds like surf music to me. But that's what makes it so funny. It kind of does fit the vibe. Three of these songs were produced by the super talented Steve Sadler. 

The highlights? Billy Leibundgut's drone footage adds to the overall vibe. And my favorite? The version of my song MAMA MIA by Steve Sadler is brilliant. And PLEASE try and watch to the very end where some of the boys wish their moms a Happy Mother's Day. It's all good.
As always, I hope you enjoy it. All 25 minutes of it. Watch in 1080 or higher


WILD WINDY WEDNESDAY.mp4 from SURF FREE OR DIE on Vimeo.

Wednesday April 27th, 2022 was a WILD and WINDY day. The swell filled in from late morning until dark. The locals that were around, scored some fun waves. This has been a pretty good Spring so far.
Music is by the Adobe Library.


THE SOU'EASTER.mp4 from SURF FREE OR DIE on Vimeo.

The surf reports all had their Purple Bars indicating Large surf and a few were in the RED. Oh hell yeah, it was on, and the night of the 18th, the winds began to howl. Howling for it's darling. By morning it was gusting 50 to 60 mph straight out of the east and southeast. While some were calling it a Nor'easter, it was not. This was a SOU'EASTER. And on April 19th & 20th, 2022 the Northeast were getting it with both barrels. The only real Nor'easter involved with this swell, was my band, The NOR'EASTERS.

You say Nor'easter I say Sou'easter. One thing's for sure, it was a POST EASTER SWELL that had all the points and reefs firing on Day I. And the beaches lit up on Day II. So, here it is. Two days of non stop action with a rocking all original soundtrack by The NOR'EASTERS. Enjoy it. Oh by the way, it's 18 minutes long. I know, the horror of having to sit through a surf video
that's longer than 30 seconds sounds like torture to some of you. I say "Suck it up butter cup!" I promise you all, that Facebook and Instagram will still be there after you watch this. Shot in 4K so watch in 1080 or higher.

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GO SLO GO PRO 15 Years with the Go Pro.mp4
from SURF FREE OR DIE on Vimeo.

THIS MIGHT BE BORING to some of you. It's 15 years of Go Pro footage that I've shot using the Hero II, III, and V. It's just under 30 minutes in length and 90% of the footage is slow motion (hence the boring comment). Truth be told, you have to use Slow Motion when editing water footage. It just happens too fast otherwise. And you lose the detail and beauty of the waves themselves. I have always been fascinated with the mechanics of a wave. How they form and break, and of course, the pure stunning beauty of the empty hollow wave. This is not Pipe or Chopes. And it's NOT New Jersey. Far from out it.
It's mostly fun sized waves being surfed by local surfers. My biggest regret is I didn't capture all of my friends. It's 15 years worth. And while I love being in the water shooting, my best footage has always been shot on dry land.
In my honest opinion, you can't beat these little cameras. They shoot great HD quality video and they are fun to use. Music is by the Adobe library and the Free YouTube music. Links are: www.ralphspic.com www.gopro.com



SPRING EQUINOX 2022.mp4 from SURF FREE OR DIE on Vimeo.

Spring Equinox. The first day of Spring, March 20th, 2022. Followed by another Spring swell on March 26th, 2022 and then the big swell. April 8th, 2022. The day my 4th grandchild was born. Her name is "Malia" and it means
"Of The Sea." The music is by my two bands The VINNY Band and The NOR'EASTERS. The first song is called The WHIFF and the last song is called UPSIDE DOWN.
Both songs were produced by The CARS Drummer David Robinson. 

The whole video is under 10 minutes. I know that seems like an eternity to some of you younger folks. But I don't care. I have said this before, and I'll say it again. I make surf movies, not Tik Tok clips.


WINTER STORM KENAN 2022.mp4
from SURF FREE OR DIE on Vimeo.

The fourth consecutive winter storm video that I shot and edited in January of 2022. This one was named KENAN. It was also known as a Bomb-O-Genesis, or Bomb Cyclone, or a Big Ole Nasty Nor'easter. We got over 2' of snow with high winds. The surf never got really huge, but it was big enough to warrant me shooting.

The music is written and performed by J. Ciarmataro qwillmusic.com


Winter Storm IZZY January 17th & 18th, 2022.mp4
from SURF FREE OR DIE on Vimeo.

This was shot as it happened. Day by day, hour by hour. In the exact sequence. Not a single frame of slow motion. I make no excuses for its
length. 13 minutes long. Look, I make surf movies, not surf commercials or
Tik Tok videos.

The music is by my super talented nephew J. Ciarmataro.

Check his music out at www.qwillmusic.com

Of Sun, Sea, And Smoke.mp4 from
SURF FREE OR DIE
on Vimeo.

Saturday January 15th, 2022. One of the coldest days that I can remember
(and I've been around this block of ice a few times).
Single digits, with a wind-chill factor way below zero.
I got Frost Nip on my fingers. Took me hours to get some life back in them.
But having said that, the local crew were out and making it one of the
most dramatic videos I've ever shot.
I'm still cold just thinking about it
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SNOW DAY With Jon Kiskinis 1-7-22.mp4
from SURF FREE OR DIE on Vimeo. I shot this video of Jon Kiskinis at The WALL in Hampton, NH during the Snow Storm on January 7th, 2022. This has been done before. Hell I've made my share of "Snow Storm" videos. But if you've never seen one before, here's your chance.
Best Of Luck at SURFLINE Jon!




Nicaragua from Brayden Rudert on Vimeo.

Always happy to share Brayden Rudert's videos here. This is one he shot and edited from his trip to Nica last summer. This edit features a handful of local Hampton locals. Kody Grondin, Matt Colby, Mikel Evans, and Max Fatello. The video is cool and so is the music. And boy couldn't we all use warm tropical water.



DECEMBER 9th 2021.mp4

This is clearly a sign of the times we live in. I shot this footage the morning of 12-9-21, and did the edit the same afternoon. And less than 9 hours later, I finished the edit and posted it on social media.
This would have taken me weeks to finish back in the day when I was
shooting in Super 8mm.
Music is by the Adobe Music library. They have a great selection.
Anyway, HAPPY HOLIDAYS! PEACE ON EARTH
Watch in 1080 or higher. I shot this in 4K.


SURFER'S PADDLE For Greg Smith from SURF FREE OR DIE on Vimeo.

The traditional Surfer's Paddle for Legendary NH Surfer/Skier Greg Smith 
on October 24th, 2021 at The Rocks. This was one of the Top 5 Paddles I've ever been involved in. Greg Smith was a true legend. The video is long compared to most edits, but to hear the true Greg Smith stories is worth it. Thank you to all who helped out in the paddle. From the photographers, to those who spoke, and to those who came to pay their respects to a true New Hampshire legend. Special thanks to the Grondins for hosting the after hours gathering. Keep Paddling Greg. Keep Paddling Brother. "A Hui Hou."

Please donate to Greg's daughter Sofia Smith Go Fund Me Scholarship Fund.
gofundme.com/f/sofia-smith-scholarship
Video and edit by Ralph G. Fatello
Additional video Cory B. Fatello
Drone footage by Martha Lardent
Music by QWILL
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HIT THE BEACH 8-27-21.mp4 from SURF FREE OR DIE on Vimeo.

The 13th Annual HIT THE BEACH. August 27th, 2021.
After being canceled the year before due to COVID 19 the HTB event
was on this year. Although the surf was not that big, it was enough to
run the event. And run it we did, and it was great!
Thank You to All the participants and all the Sponsors.
But a HUGE Thank you to ALL The Volunteers. You guys Rock!
In Loving Memory of the Brave Americans who lost their lives in
Afghanistan the day before.
Watch in 1080 or higher (I shot in 4K)
Video and edit by Ralph G. Fatello
Additional video by Max Fatello and Jay McCarthy
Drone footage by Martha Lardent
Music by SEMPER FI
Song "AMERICA" written by Ralph Fatello
produced by David Robinson




A Best Of RPOTW The Last 5 years, or something like that.
Song "Mirrors" by QWILL qwillmusic.com


This is the updated trailer with additional footage from PAX. The named storms of Winter 2013-2014 are featured in this impressive winter season of snow, surf, and freezing temps. The local surfers here in New England have been charging all winter. Look for Weston Rogers, Jesse Gould, Max Fatello, Joel Feid, Lenny and Kai Nichols, Johnny and Perry Reynolds, Steve O'Hara and a host of others. The music for this clip is Robin Trower.





(Above) ALL RISE: The 10th Street District Court Of Surf is Now in Session.
The Honorable Judge RALPH presiding. CASE #686
BLATANT DROP IN OF THE WEEK- Click the image above to see the outcome of this Surf Crime and the
Verdict that was rendered.
Photo by RALPH
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* Looks like waves on Wednesday and Saturday

This is my pick of the week. Saturday August 13th, 2022

 

 

 



Because the newer version of DREAMWEAVER no longer has a Rollover feature I will simply place both BEFORE and AFTER images side by side. This is what happens when you get caught doing something stupid.




Photo by Devin Phelp
Photoshop by RALPH

 

August 7th, 2022
"Not sure about playing in and around the water. But, I dig the lead singer/guitarist look."




(Above) This might be fun until you get a little short circuit.
Pic From Uncle Google RALPH




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