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Ralph Pic Of The Week
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While I was fully prepared to announce to you all that we had finally hit a bump in the road. As in "There was no surf" I could not. Saturday had surf all day long. Granted it was not great surf but it was surf none the less. Perhaps some of you got some? Me? I did not go out. Instead, I watched it from the warmth and dryness of my office. I could see it out there. The glassy, grayish surf, calling out to me. But alas my friends, I could not pry myself away.
Regrets? Hell yes.
I hate missing surf. Especially if I really don't have any kind of logical excuse. I didn't have one today. Oh I suppose I could of made one up, and none of you would know the difference. But I did not have one. Lazy? Maybe. Or, was it because I've become somewhat jaded after the amazing run of surf we've had all winter? My guess is, it's more of the latter.
Although, my son did have my vehicle and went out to check it. But he's going through that new license phase, where any excuse to drive the car is high on the agenda. He did call in and say that it looked OK. Huh? OK? Dude you're sixteen! Anything over 2' should be OK!!! But again, the new license, the driving your buddies around and trying to impress the local felines, is for him, more important.
Still, if I really wanted to surf today, I would of have. I just could not motivate myself.
Then I saw Ed O'Connel and Kevin Doherty's photos in my INBOX and really felt stupid. I posted em below. You'll see it for yourselves. Maybe you did the same thing I did. Nothing. I can't roll back the hands of time. If I could, I'd roll them way back. Nope. I can only look at those glassy waves and acknowledge, that I basically messed up. Plain and simple.
Of course, I am now itching to make up for this snafu and redeem myself. But you know where that will get me. No where. It's like whenever I'm sitting outside waiting for a set wave and they never come. The minute I paddle in to grab a few insiders...BAM! Here comes a set. Never fails. In fact, I even get to saying it out loud nowadays. "Get ready kids, the second I paddle in, a set will come!" People usually laugh and shake their heads.
But they don't move with me.
No sirree Bobby, because they know. The second I'm out of range, that wave will come. Sure as shit, that wave's coming.
Usually on my head.
Hey guess what next week is? My fifth year writing and posting this Blog. Hard to believe that 5 years has gone by with me writing every week, and posting all those amazing photos. And then, adding the video clips too! Dam. Where has the time gone? It's been fun for sure. Although I'm sure I ruffled a few feathers here and there. In fact, I know I have.
But, like I've said a million times before.
These mindless comments of mine, are just that. Mine. Just my opinion, or my observance as I see it every week. Believe me, if I actually wrote what I really wanted to write...you would need a filter for the kids (and a few adults as well...I know Reverend Chip is reading this).
How long can this go on? I don't know. But for the time being, as long as there's surf and great photographers... and a colorful local, and international surf world, there will be a...Ralph's Pic Of The Week.
In a few days the Sox will play their first game at FENWAY. Opening day. I'm sorry if I don't seem too excited. Like a lot of you, I am still NOT over the Patriots...I know I know. I have to move on. And I will (eventually), but right now I'm going through the anger phase. I guess the last two months was the Shocked Phase. I'll be OK. Don't worry about me.
I feel bad because I know a lot of you are SOX fans. And Celtics fans, and hell, there's even a few Bruins fans out there. And honestly, you all have something to be happy about. I just can't shake that last freaking game! No matter how many times I replay it in my head. The end result is the same. They lost.
They lost the perfect season.
Can that ever be repeated again in our lifetime? HELL NOOO! I'm not going to squirm through another season of that crazy shit. NO FREAKING WAY! The only redeeming factor for me is, I feel somewhat creative to think that I may have been the first fan to pen the line "Assante Samuel is the Bill Buckner of the New England Patriots!" I wrote that line on my blog that very night. I have since heard it from many. But dammit people, I believe I was the first. Do they give trophies for stupid lines like that? Not that I'm looking for one.
I'd give it to Assante if they did.
Let's move on. One of the things I noticed today from my big comfy office chair..was that you were all still wearing hoods. I'm guessing it was cold. I'm not surprised by that. Not in the least. Look, Winter can be an ass kicker on land. That ocean water dips down to the high 30's and it takes a while before she warms up. April showers may bring May flowers, but April does not bring warmer water.We won't see (or rather feel) warm water until the end of May.
All you land locked surfers who wait until the weather warms up might consider waiting a little longer this year. Like...oh I don't know July 4th? This was a cold and white winter. But the warmer days are coming. And I say Hallelujah to that!!
CALL These Senators Today and demand they stand up for local surfers and businesses! Senator Mr. Burd 202-224-3154. Senator Ms.Dole 202-224-6342. Feel free to voice your opinion on this . This is a heavy issue and needs our support. www.savehatteras.com
Here's the info on the fund that is being set-up to help little Ryan Ciolfi. Ryan is the three year old son of local Surfer of Tony Ciolfi and the late Tammy Ciolfi. The fund for young Ryan is a 529 College Plan for Ryan. To donate, please address the check to:
my friends...Surfing heals all wounds....
1988 Vincent Shazam at Shazamland
Here's a sampling of what we (me) all missed today. Erin Mace in between
2008 Photos Taken here on the last week in March.
2008 Photos Taken on the West Coast last week.
(Above) Somewhere out West where the locals bite in and out of the water
(Above) But the shortboader gets the rocking and the rolling.
2008 A couple more from Bernie last week in Hawaii
(Above) What are those? Hail balls? Golf balls? F-stop magic.
2008 Parting Shot... Extendo Man.