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April 4th, 2010 EASTER Sunday & Passover
The Surf Count of Waist High or Better is 57 out of 59 weeks, or 7 for 7...

Today is Easter Sunday and hundreds of scratch that. Millions of Christians all over the world are celebrating the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. The entire Christian faith is based on this most holy of holy days. The day that Jesus ascended into heaven. If you're a Christian, you believe it to be true. If you are from some other faith, you more than likely, do not believe it. The Resurrection.
For non Christians and atheists, it's a hard one to accept. It was hard to accept even for the close followers of Jesus who actually hung out with him. I mean think about it, one day he's buried in a tomb and the next day he is gone. And then he appears to his disciples and more importantly, to Mr Doubting Thomas himself to assure them that "Yes this is happening." It's not been called the Greatest Story ever told for nothing.

I am not ashamed, or afraid to say, that I believe it.

And I base my belief on the many personal experiences that have happened to me, that I know to be true.. Because , they happened to me, and I've had eye witnesses to some of them. And yet, some of these experiences, were debunked by local Catholic Priests who claim, that they were neither a message from God, or a coincidence.

But I knew better. When I was saved last winter, and had accepted Jesus back into my life as my savior, a local Reverend said to me, that the experience I shared with him, were indeed a sign from God. But again, I already knew that. I also know that writing about religion, is like writing about politics. I'm bound to piss some people off. That's why I have the disclaimer on my entry page. These are my opinions, and my opinions only. They do NOT reflect the sponsors who appear in the column on the right. Although, some may believe what I believe, while others may not. It's my opinion.

But this is Easter. The day Jesus Christ was Resurrected.

And if I can't talk about religion on this day, than what day can I talk about it? Christmas and Easter. The birth and the death of one of the most influential human beings, who ever walked on this earth. Jesus Christ. This is heavy stuff. And it will always be that way. Long after we are all gone, the subject of Easter will be discussed and dissected, and re-dissected, until one of two things happen. Jesus actually comes back to judge the Living and the Dead, or the world finally blows up from some Madman or some Natural disaster. Like I said...this is some heavy stuff.

Look you need to know. I don't attend Mass every Sunday. I don't put a $20 bill into the collection box every time I attend Mass. I'm not buying my way into heaven. I am still going to be who I am. I will sin. I will curse. I will do things that are not very Christian like. I am like anyone else out there. I am far from perfect. But I am trying. I do know that God will forgive me for my sins, because he loves me and everyone else out there. The believers and non believers. And I know, that when my time comes, I will ascend into heaven., because of my faith. And because, I honestly try to be a good person most days.

I am always volunteering. I stop and help people along the way. They may be little things, but at least I am trying. And I will say this with 100% conviction, I don't believe I know anyone, who is truly a bad, or evil person. I know plenty of hotheads, and those with little or no patience. But I don't know, or put it this way, I don't associate myself with anyone, even remotely bad or evil. Even that bloated, loud mouth gas bag, down in Massachusetts. There is some good in him. You just don't see it as often as you see the other parts of him. I have seen it and witnessed it. The Pirate has some good traits. You just have to open your own heart and mind to see it.

There is however evil in this world. And we must all be vigilant and willing to stand up to this evil, and fight it. Even sacrifice our own lives to fight it. If it means saving our loved ones, we must fight it.

Speaking of witnessing things. This week I saw several things that I would like to share with you. The first happened on Wednesday, March 31st, 2010. I was down shooting the surf at a semi famous break when I noticed two semi elderly ladies trying to walk through the vehicles that were lined up in front of the break. I was talking with Dave Cropper and Toby Parke. This one lady was carrying something in her had. She was black and her friend was white. They looked like good buddies. They seemed to be in a quandary, as far as where they could walk. I thought they wanted to get up on the rock Bern, and make their way south. So I offered to help them both climb up. That's when the black woman said.

"Is it OK if I walk down to the ocean? I want to spread my husband's ashes on the water."

"Of course you can. This is not a surf contest. Do you need any help?" I answered. "No, I'll be fine, I just want to be able to spread his ashes on the ocean. I do this every year on the day he passed away." She said. "That's sweet mam. Do you mind me asking how long he's been gone?" I asked.
"14 years...I still miss him." She said as she started to get choked up. "Mam that is such a wonderful tribute that you have kept going. A loving bond that has transcended into the next world." She shook her head in agreement, as she and her friend walked by me and down to the ocean. Then I said to her. "You know you are going to see him again some day." She looked at me and nodded again. "But not still have things to do here. Bu you will see him again." She smiled and went down to the water and spread the ashes she had with her.

She got wet from an inside wave. But it didn't matter. She had her private moment with her husband.

I wanted to share that story with you, because it is surf related. I mean, I would not have been there if there was not surf that day. It made me feel good. This woman still loved her late husband that much, that she kept this annual pilgrimage to the ocean, to perform this simple loving task, in her late husband's memory. I thought about another person I know very well, who is the complete opposite.
Her husband passed away, and less than two years later, she had moved on from his life and possessions and started a new life. Not to say that she was not mournful at her loss. She just met someone new and started over again. Two different humans, dealing with the same situation, and taking two different tacks.

The other incident happened on Friday morning around 6:00AM.

I woke up in my bed like I always do. My wife was already up, and letting the dog out, and the kids were just starting to stir, when I noticed something, that took my breath away. My right hand was extended out across my pillow, and it was open (or cupped) as if I was holding something. When my eyes focussed better, that's when I saw it. On my master bathroom door. The same door, I have looked at every single day, for years, but have NEVER noticed it until that morning, had the distinct shape of a cross. And the way, my hand was laying on my pillow, it looked like, I was holding a cross. So big deal you say. Well it wouldn't ordinarily be, except for one thing. This was Good Friday. The day that Jesus carried his cross on the way to his crucifixion. Coincidence? Maybe. But it took this day, for me to see, what I had more than likely have done many times before but just never noticed.

I was holding a cross on Good Friday.*There's a still photo reenactment of the story shown below.

In the first story I mentioned surf. On Saturday when I was making the rounds, hanging up posters for the BIG Blues/Rock Show at the end of May, Steve O'Hara my longtime friend, and fellow surfer and owner of Pioneers in North Hampton, NH said to me, that he had surfed for 7 consecutive days that were "Waist High Or Better". Now before you go claiming BS on this, think about who said this. Stevie O'Hara. Or as Kevin Grondin calls him. O'Guru. And I for one, would never question Stevie's claims as far as wave size goes. He knows what he's talking about. So let's stop and think about this for a moment. This week marks, 57 out of 59 weeks. Or 7 for 7 weeks. But must now include 7 consecutive days of waist high or better surf. Can you dig this my brothers and sisters?

Hold on...the NEW HD wave cam on Cinnamon Rainbows wave cam will be back on Monday. No need to panic. They just had to work out a few glitches. So look for the HD (in your face) cam to return on Monday. Whew! I was just getting used to that baby...that's cool we can wait.

A special shout out to the Silver Anniversary couple of my generation. Lenny and Arlene Nichols celebrating 25 years of Marriage. That's amazing. Congrats to both. Lenny and Arlene have 5 kids- Chris, Nohea, Julia, Hoku and Kai and a whole bunch of surfing all over the globe under their belts. They seem to never age. Maybe surfing really is the fountain of youth. Congrats again guys.

25 years
and still going strong.

Don't forget The Nor'easters will be performing at the Winnacunnet High School Auditorium on Saturday May 29th, 2010 for a fundraiser concert to raise money for the Hampton American Legion's GWOT Memorial Monument .(*See flyer in this week's column.) I know there are a lot of old "Easter's" fans out there. And let me say...the band has not missed a beat. We rocked last weekend and we are looking forward to playing in front of our old and new fans in May.
Look who's blowing into town...The Nor'easters!

Now for some of my weekly Global observances:
So our US NAVY took out some nasty, rat faced Pirates this week off the coast of Somalia. They say that the pirates fired on the US NAVY warship at night, not realizing who they had fired on. Can you imagine the surprise, those skinny little bonehead Pirates got when they figured out who they shot at? Oh there's a YouTube I'd love to see. Freaking Pirates..WTF?

And what is up with that wacked out Militia group that was plotting to kill US lawmen last week? They call themselves Hutaree. They arrested 9 of these losers and honestly they should put these clowns away for life. The sad thing is they claim to be Christians. Really? What Christian group would plot something so evil as that?. Sorry boys, but you were working for Satan. God wants nothing to do with you and your radical beliefs. Have fun in jail.

The President of the United States of America flew over the seacoast the other day viewing the flood damage. There was surf too. And our man Ed O'Connell may have captured the pres checking the surf out. Oh oh, that guy is from Hawaii, I hope he's not calling his friends who surf, and telling them about the surf he discovered in New England...oh no. The horror...the horror...

This just in...the Apple I-PAD was released on Friday and all the Apple Cultists are going crazy. Personally, I don't get the hype. I mean, I see the need for something bigger than those damn Crackberrys but to be denied watching videos? Are you kidding me? Hey Mr Jobs...ever hear of YouTube or Vimeo? Hello? Your little Apple munchkins need to see their peeps on the viddy. Get that worked out ASAP or the I-Pad will go the way of the Floppy...

Happy EASTER to all the GOOD Christians April 4th, 2010.
Happy Passover to all the GOOD Jews.
Happy 25th Anniversary Lenny and Arlene Nichols. April 3rd, 2010.
KEEP Getting Stronger Kim Grondin! We ALL Love you!

Please give to the RED CROSS or some other trusted organization to help the people in Haiti and Chile. Like the RED CROSS. Help these people. Please.

*Check out the NEW updated DROPPING IN ON RALPH blog Section. ALL Of MARCH 2010 is up and a few from April. Including a nasty exchange between me and a local Kayakker. *This is the blog section of this website where you can write in and comment. The only downside of this blog is, you actually have to use your REAL Name. No hiding behind some fake handle and name. If you want to comment, you have to man up, and be yourself. I will post all comments, both good and bad. You just have to be yourself.

*Molly Paddle Video by Joe Carter has been moved to the
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Yesterday- 1983 Lenny at a Secret Hawaiian Reef Break
(Below) Last week I posted an old photo that Lenny Nichols shot of me in 1983 as we whipped around the Island of Oahu, in his inflatable boat looking for no name reefs to surf. We were trying to get a shot for my upcoming LP, Olas De Sexo. We found this reef and we took turns shooting each other. Hey it may be small, but it's tropical and we had it to ourselves. Photo by RALPH

Today- EASTER SUNDAY April 4th, 2010

(Above) Easter Sunday morning, April 4th, 2010. Photo By RALPH
* Click on the photo above to see the Whole Gallery.

Today- GOOD FRIDAY April 2nd, 2010

(Above) This is a photo reenactment of the story I wrote in the column above. Basically, this is what I saw when I woke up on Good Friday...can you see the cross? The day Jesus carried his cross to his crucifixion. Friday April 2nd, 2010. Photo By RALPH
* Click on the photo above to see the Whole Gallery.

Today- The First Day of April...(The Day of Fools), 2010

(Above) Unknown attacking the bowl of Chowda. Thursday April 1st, 2010.
Photo By Ed O'Connell
* Click on the photo above to see the Whole Gallery

(Above) Looking like Ryan here... Thursday April 1st, 2010. Photo By Ed O'Connell
* Click on the photo above to see the Whole Gallery

Today- The Last Day of March...Wed. Mar. 31st, 2010

(Above) Wednesday March 31st, 2010. Sashi burning in the froth. Photo By RALPH
* Click on the photo above to see the Whole Gallery.

(Above) Stanek hopping about on Wednesday March 31st, 2010. Photo By RALPH
* Click on the photo above to see the Whole Gallery.

(Above) Kai Nichols on an inside wave that is clearly overhead on him.
Wednesday March 31st, 2010.
Photo By RALPH
* Click on the photo above to see the Whole Gallery.

(Above) Stanek again...going vert. He made this look easy.
Wednesday March 31st, 2010.
Photo By RALPH
* Click on the photo above to see the Whole Gallery.

(Above) The clouds separated and there was a patch of blue.
Wednesday March 31st, 2010.
Photo By RALPH
* Click on the photo above to see the Whole Gallery.

(Above) Lenny Nichols managed to snag a few bombs as they rolled through.
Click on this pic to see the whole Sequence. Wednesday March 31st, 2010.

Photo By RALPH * Click on the photo above to see the Whole SEQUENCE..

(Above) Apocalypse NOW in New Hampshire... Wednesday March 31st, 2010.
Photo By Ed O'Connell * Click on the photo above to see the Whole Gallery

(Above) Come on let's give it up for Michael Sander...out from behind the big HD rig and getting a few of his own. That's a deep carve there Mike. Wednesday March 31st, 2010.
Photo By Ed O'Connell * Click on the photo above to see the Whole Gallery

(Above) Wobbly wacky YAKKER...this was after this guy almost drowned. He claims he was not panicking but...he sure looked panicked to me. When he finally popped up I ran down to see if he was OK. Damn he was under for a while. Check out the gallery. They are out of sequence but you get the gist of it all. Wednesday March 31st, 2010.
Photo By RALPH * Click on the photo above to see the Whole Gallery.



FOR a VIMEO VIDEO CLIP. From Michael Sander



Feb. 11, 2010 - a few more from Michael Sander on Vimeo.




Today 2010- The BLATANT DROP IN of The WEEK.
March 31-2010

(Above) All Rise: 10th Street District Court of Surf Justice is now in session, the Honorable Judge Ralph G. Fatello presiding. CASE #50 BLATANT DROP IN OF THE WEEK-
This case is between a YAKKER and two SURFERS.
This will cause controversy among the YAKKERS and THE SURFERS...but the proof my friends is in the pudding.
* Click on the photo above to see the Whole CRIME.

RANDOM Pics from Readers
(Above)'s still here...March-2010. Photo by Andrew Rebeiro
* Click on the photo above to see the Readers Gallery.

(Above) Nice wave setting up...March-2010. Photo by Mike Sidebottom
* Click on the photo above to see the Readers Gallery.

(Above) Dr Mark Henschke in Florida last week...March-2010.
Photo courtesy of DR Henschke by Andrew Rebeiro

* Click on the photo above to see the Readers Gallery.

(Above) Big Northern Cal wave for my buddy Rocky Vanucci...*Rocky is 56 years old and still paddles out into this insane beach break. March-2010.
Photo courtesy of Rocky Vanucci

* Click on the photo above to see the Readers Gallery.

(Above) Kenny and Buck from the Molly Hockey Game...great shot Jamie!
Photo by Jamie Wade

Today- Ben Ginsberg's Southern Cal Scenes, 2010

(Above) Pretty southern california...what you can't see and hear is all the yelling and screaming out in the line-up. Still, it sure is pretty.
March 2010
Photo By Ben Ginsberg

* Click on the photo above to see the whole Ben Gallery.

(Above) One thing's for sure there's no lack of talent in SoCal.
March 2010
Photo By Ben Ginsberg

* Click on the photo above to see the whole Ben Gallery.

(Above) Steve Dillon used to live and surf here before moving out west.
This is from his NH files. Coming NEXT WEEK!
Photo By Steve Dillon

(Above) Now Steve Dillon surfs's warmer for sure, and pretty perfect looking too. Coming NEXT WEEK! Photo By Steve Dillon

(Above) Happy Easter from Steve Dillon. Coming NEXT WEEK!
Photo By Steve Dillon

The NEW Invisible Surfer Man Series
*Click masthead above to read the original ISM story.

(Above) Put the cursor over the image to see happens when you DROP in on someone. You become Invisible. Put the mouse over the image to see the original photo and then marvel at the results of what happens when the criminal becomes invisible.
*Put the cursor over the photo to see the Real image.


Today 2010 PARTING SHOT- "Find The Easter Egg Board "

(Above) OK so this was hurtful. Truth be told this guy really got worked out there. And somewhere in that whitewater his lungs are bursting...hey it's all part of the sport.
Photo By RALPH

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