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HURRICANE EARL in New Hampshire
September 9, 10, 11, & 12th, 2022

   

September 25th, 2022 The RUN is 3 out of 3 Weeks.
Waist high or better at least once a week.

There were head high to overhead surf on 9-24-22 and waist
high on 9-22-23-22 last 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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INTRODUCING LOCAL LEGEND
STEVE "SURFER CROW" WATSON.
PLUS HURRICANE FIONA!


 



MEET THIS MONTH'S LOCAL LEGEND.
Steve "SURFER CROW" Watson




When I first started this series back in March, I knew in the back of my mind, that I would be doing one on this man. Let’s face it, when we talk about LOCAL LEGENDS of NH & Maine, they don’t come any more highly recommended than Steve “SURFER CROW” Watson. The man is a true Northeast legend. And before I get started, I need to remind everyone, that this whole lifestyle of ours is not just about surfing in New Hampshire. It’s about New England. And the New England states. Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island. All you Northeast surfers know this, I’m only writing this to remind the surfers who don’t live in New England. My peeps in California (Westies) still can’t get beyond NH and our small coastline.

It’s New England. Not just New Hampshire. Now back to SURFER CROW.



Steve Watson is an 80yr old (or as he calls it 80.6) surfer, who has seen it and done it here in Northern New England as much, and as long anyone else I know of. He is without question, one of the most iconic surfers to ever catch a wave in New England since the early 60’s. In fact, he rode a wave for the first time on a “Life Saving” surf craft in 1960.

“I was a lifeguard at Ogunquit, and in the guard shack were these two life saving boards. They were 12-14’ long and had square rails and a keel for a fin/skeg.” He told me. “I saw one of the other guards out catching waves on it, and asked if I could borrow the board.” Prior to that first time, Watson had played in the ocean like all the other kids when he was growing up. “I tried bodysurfing for the first time when I was 5yrs old.” He said. “I could tell right away that I wanted to keep doing that.” Watson had the bug for surfing at age 5. He just didn’t know it yet.

Back in the early 60’s, there were only two Lifeguards on duty at Ogunquit. So for Steve to find and ride the Lifeguard Saving Board was the beginning of what would become a lifelong passion. He found a Malibu “popout” lying in the marsh in 1965, and wore the typical Parkway wetsuits with the beaver tails. That board broke in half. Then (believe it or not) he found another board lying in the marsh. A “Sharpe” 9’6”.  I laughed at his good fortune. Who finds surfboards lying in the marshes in Maine? His eyes would light up at each fond memory of his past. He’d talk about one memory, and then quickly tap into another one. He reminded me of a young grom surfer talking about surfing for the first time.

Listening to Steve talk about his Surfing life was truly fascinating.



In 1966 he opened his first Surf Shop. SURFER CROW SURF SHOP in York Beach, ME. So I had to stop him for a minute and ask him. “How did you come up with the name Surfer Crow?” He told me that one of his buddies back then Parker Hall gave him the nickname “Crow” because of his dark hair and his unique profile shape of his nose. He said Parker thought he looked like a crow. So Steve took that moniker, and added SURFER. And that’s how the most iconic of all surf names in new England was born.



Back in the early days of surfing everyone knew who SURFER CROW was.

And once he opened the first shop, his legendary status grew. It’s funny how we both agreed, that we knew of each other, and had crossed paths more than a few times, but had never really had a conversation until this interview. I felt a sense of sadness knowing that we both had so much in common, and yet we never really hung out together. But, there’s always tomorrow.

The other iconic thing about Crow was his helmet. That white helmet. Talk about a beacon in the water. Next to his name, his helmet became synonymous with his name. I asked how that all came about? He told me that in the winter of 1968 he got clobbered in the head by his 10’ 6” Hannon Holiday. He got whacked pretty damn hard. It shook him to his core. The surf was not that big but that blow to the head woke him up to the realities of just how dangerous it was to surf with these old longboards.

So he contacted BELL TOP TECH HELMETS and ordered 20 of them.
All of them were white.

But as it turned out, he was the only one to wear one. But I tell you what, if you were a surfer from the late 60’s to the early 2000’s and you saw a stylish regular foot longboarder out at the River, or the Rocks, you knew instantly, that it was Crow. As a photographer/filmmaker I would typically scan the lineups, and if I saw that infamous white helmet sitting way out beyond everyone else, I knew that SURFER CROW was out there. And you also knew, that Crow was going to dominate the session.



While he started out on a longboard, and then eventually graduated to a shortboard, he went back to the longboard. The length of a longboard best suited his style of surfing. And he was one stylish surfer. His tall 6’ plus lanky frame was ideal for longboarding and Crow was one of the best.  His peers and local friends would agree. From Al Poirier and Dickie Hatch to Sonny Perkins and my dear friend Ed O’Connell. They all would agree that Crow was on an island of his own when it came to his surf style.



He ended up opening a second shop THE SEAMAN’S CLUB in Portland ME in 1969.



He also met and became friends with Mike Doyle, a famous surfer from the 60’s. He showed Doyle around the New England coast including taking him to Nahant where Mike inadvertently stepped in some dog poop. Suffice it say, that left a lasting impression on Doyle.  Crow ended up traveling to California where he met up with Doyle and surfed a lot of the famous breaks on the west coast. Crow has traveled up and down the East Coast and spent one winter in Brazil surfing with his longtime friend Sonny Perkins. When I asked where was the biggest wave he had ever surfed was, he told me one was with Al Poirer on a big winter day here at the River. And one massive 15’ wave he caught at *Sandy’s in PR. *Laura Breen Brogan was an eye witness to that big wave and writes about it below.   

"One of my favorite memories of Steve is Thanksgiving 1997. He and I had just showed up in Puerto Rico for the winter a few weeks prior. It was very uncrowded there in November back then, and Thanksgiving morning there were just a few people out in front of the Tamboo. I was watching from the beach that day. A massive Sandy Beach left swung in, and I see Crow taking off on this huge triple overhead perfect wave and riding all the way to the beach. When he came in, he was stoked like a grom. He never lost his pure stoke, and his love and respect for the ocean. He has always lived very simply, and his surfing reflected that too. He has never taken "the surfing life" for granted. What he did with creating Surfer Crow's Surf Shop while having 3 young kids and working as a teacher was really something."
Laura Breen Brogan

He also told me that his worse wipeout was at Maria’s/Dogman’s on a solid 10’ day. He torqued his shoulder pretty bad and had to one arm paddle his way to the beach. And when I asked him, where was his favorite wave? Without hesitation he said, the Rivermouth. No surprise there.

I think of all the surfers who have surfed there since the early 60's, Crow is the most iconic of them all.



“I speak not for myself. We were all lucky to grow up with Surfer Crow. His entire life and being was about surfing. He showed us this path and let us share in a lifestyle few will ever get to live. He so influenced our lives. I’m honored to be able to be able to call him not just a life long waterman, but my friend.” Brad Henderson

Steve Watson was a teacher at  Portsmouth Elementary School. And from what I can gather, he was a great teacher who loved his students and they loved him. Steve has three adult children in their 50’s. Peter, Michael, and Stephanie. And the joy of his life are his two grandchildren. Who are taking an interest in Surfing. And that just warms his heart.

Steve has had a few scares along the way health wise. He suffered a heart attack while actually surfing a wave at Domes in PR. And he had a bout with Cancer. And at 80 yrs old he is still surfing. In fact he surfed yesterday during the FIONA swell. He told me that he still feels like that young surfer when he’s out in the water. That sensation of riding a wave is still there.

"It feels like I’ve known Crow my whole life although it’s only been 60 years. I was around 14 years old the first time I met him and to this day I have never met a person so devoted to the sport of surfing. Last night at 80 years old, Crow went surfing! He never made it to his feet but he did have the great opportunity of dropping in on another good wave. He’s my best friend and an Icon in Maine Surfing.  Surfing has changed over the years but Crow hasn’t. He’s always looking for what he could do next to be able to continue doing what he loves most.  If you happen to see a white helmet in the waves, that would be Crow, doing his thing!" L.F. (Sonny) Perkins


Sonny Perkins and Surfer Crow. Lifelong Surfing Brothers.

In closing, when I asked him what is surfing to you? He said “After all this time, the sensation of riding a wave, is still magical. It’s like flying.”



I say to you, Steve “SURFER CROW” Watson, I hope that you keep that magical feeling alive and you keep surfing right up until the very end. And may you continue to fly. Keep flying brother. Keep flying SURFER CROW.

"SURFER CROW AND HURRICANE SURF HEALS ALL WOUNDS."

 

 



From the Ed O'Connell galleries. This is one of the oldest pics of Ed's, and ironically it's of his good friend Surfer Crow. Crow and Ed were really good friends. And after speaking with Crow about Ed it was obvious that Ed's loss weighed heavily on Crow's heart. We both got a little emotional talking about Ed. I'm glad that Ed and Steve were so close. Photo by Ed O'Connell
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NOW FOR SOME LOCAL AND NATIONAL NEWS
Hurricane Fiona was the big news of the week.
From RI to Maine FIONA lit up the entire coast.



This is somewhere in RI on Friday September 23rd, 2022.



Meanwhile back home in NH FIONA was smaller but much cleaner and greener.



Jon Kiskinis sampling the rights at an undisclosed spot.



Kiskinis again, only on the left at this local wedge.

Thanks again to your generous donations, as we are now closing in on $50K. Like I said last week, I know that I speak on behalf of the entire staff at Cinnamon Rainbows, when I say, "Thank You from the bottom of our hearts."
It's been humbling for all of the staff at Cinnamon Rainbows. Because of you, there's light at the end of the tunnel.



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This is a photo of the front door of the shop. Hampton Fire Department did one hell of a job saving CR's from complete destruction. We wish they could have saved SECRET SPOT and The NORTH BEACH Bar & GRILLE but the fire was already too engulfed at both of those businesses. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers too.
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THE PATRIOTS are now 1-2 for the season. And things got a whole lot worse today for Mac Jones.



This is not something we want to see. The season is early. But not today. Mac Jones got hurt pretty bad in today's game against the RAVENS. It's been a long long season already, and it's about to get longer. Wishing you all a positive season.



Jimmy has the funniest promo pieces. Come on this is hilarious.

KSM Photoshop of the Week
Seeing all the news footage on Hurricane FIONA Ole Khaliddy sent in this pic from GITMO when FIONA went whipping through there. This is is one of the local Island boys toying with FIONA.
It's obvious that Khaliddy is not impressed with the boy's bravado. In fact, right after this pic was taken The Sheik tried to recruit the lad for suicide vest duty, but the boy was too smart for the old terrorist. He basically told the sheik to F-off!



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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HAPPY 9th BIRTHDAY Avery September 25th, 2022!


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. 1943-2022
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Yesterday-
TWENTYEIGHT YEARS AGO. Summer 1994.
(Below) 28 years ago, This group of Groms are still friends today and some of them are total rippers out in the ocean. Specifically Kody, Max, and Perry.
This is a classic shot of the original SURF FAMILY ROBINSON kids.

Photo courtesy of the Reynolds family





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Today- HURRICANE FIONA. September 24th, 2022.
Photos by RALPH

 



(Above)
Yes, she finally reached our shores. HURRICANE FIONA
Saturday September 24th, 2022
Photo by RALPH
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(Above) Why the hell not? HURRICANE FIONA
Saturday September 24th, 2022
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(Above) That's one long lined up wall. HURRICANE FIONA
Saturday September 24th, 2022
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(Above) It got bigger with each set. HURRICANE FIONA.
Saturday September 24th, 2022
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(Above) Yup he misses it. Jon Kiskinis was home for both EARL and FIONA.
Saturday September 24th, 2022
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(Above) We're all casting and fishing for something. FIONA
Saturday September 24th, 2022
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(Above) Carter Walsh setting up. HURRICANE FIONA
Saturday September 24th, 2022
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(Above) The follow up shot. Carter Walsh HURRICANE FIONA
Saturday September 24th, 2022
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(Above) There were hollow green lefts. HURRICANE FIONA
Saturday September 24th, 2022
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(Above)
There were hollow green rights FIONA
Saturday September 24th, 2022
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(Above)
Carter Walsh kicking out the jams. FIONA
Saturday September 24th, 2022
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(Above) Perfect peaks HURRICANE FIONA
Saturday September 24th, 2022
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(Above) Green on green. Nick and FIONA
Saturday September 24th, 2022
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(Above) I think he said his name was Nick. FIONA
Saturday September 24th, 2022
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(Above) Kiskinis on a screaming little right FIONA
Saturday September 24th, 2022
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(Above) 14yr old Beckett Hickey @beckettonboardz FIONA
Saturday September 24th, 2022
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(Above) Twas a Goofyfoot's delight HURRICANE FIONA
Saturday September 24th, 2022
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(Above) The pure Sweetness of HURRICANE FIONA
Saturday September 24th, 2022
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(Above) Carter Walsh in deep HURRICANE FIONA
Saturday September 24th, 2022
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(Above) Max Fatello slamming the brakes on HURRICANE FIONA
Saturday September 24th, 2022
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Today- The DAY BEFORE HURRICANE FIONA
Friday September 23rd, 2022.
Photos by Lili and Kody Grondin




(Above) Kody Grondin HURRICANE FIONA
Friday September 23rd, 2022
Photo by Lili
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(Above) Kenny Linseman HURRICANE FIONA
Friday September 23rd, 2022
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(Above) Jesse Gould HURRICANE FIONA
Friday September 23rd, 2022
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(Above) Last name Fish. HURRICANE FIONA
Friday September 23rd, 2022
Photo by Lili
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(Above) Fish again HURRICANE FIONA
Friday September 23rd, 2022
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(Above) Matt Colby HURRICANE FIONA
Friday September 23rd, 2022
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(Above) Max Fatello HURRICANE FIONA
Friday September 23rd, 2022
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(Above) Kody Grondin HURRICANE FIONA
Friday September 23rd, 2022
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(Above) Clearly bigger down south. HURRICANE FIONA
Friday September 23rd, 2022
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Today- The SURFER CROW GALLERY
September 25th, 2022. Photos courtesy of York Beach Surf Club



(Above)
When Rusty Miler came to York Beach. *Crow on the right with helmet. Photo courtesy of Sonny Perkins
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(Above) The man himself SURFER CROW on a shortb
oard with no helmet circa 1970. Photo by Ed O'Connell
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(Above) The man SURFER CROW at the River
with a helme
t.
Photo courtesy of Sonny Perkins
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(Above) Little Compton HURRICANE FIONA
September 23rd, 2022.
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(Above) The promise land September 17th, 2022
Photo by Ron Freeman

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PADDLE FOR ROBIN 8-19-22.mp4 from SURF FREE OR DIE on Vimeo.

Robin Rowell was a New Hampshire and California Surf legend. The Memorial Surfer's Paddle was held on August 19th, 2022 at his favorite break in New Hampshire. He will be missed by all who knew and loved him. Keep paddling Robin...keep paddling. We will meet you out in the lineup, when we cross over the Rainbow Bridge. We love you.



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 Fatello
Music is by Roxy Music


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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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 #673
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This is my pic of the week. Only because there's sun on Wednesday. 9-28-22

 

 

 



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.




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September 25th, 2022
"I swear a damn moose ran through the line up. Maine sure has some bad ass locals."




(Above) This pic is legit. I had to use this because of the piece on Maine's Steve CROW Watson. Photo courtesy of Mr Google




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