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August 10th, 2008

So I'm driving back to the beach with my youngest daughter Noelle on Friday, it was late in the afternoon, and somehow the subject of school came up. "I go back to school soon. And I really don't want to go back just yet." She blurts out, as we sped towards the ocean. "I hear that. I never did either. "I answered. "It's not fair." She says. I looked over at her as she stared out the window. The summer to her 13 yr. old brain, was on fast forward, and there was no slowing it down.

Funny how that feeling never changes.

Generation after generation. When Summer starts to wind down, the leaves on certain trees change colors, and the the thought of leaving the beach, it's almost too much to handle. Heading back to school seemed like the end of the world to us. That feeling came rushing back to me.

I've often said, that the older you get, the faster time seems to accelerate. Except in this case. When we were young, and the distant bells of School started ringing in our collective thoughts, well, the hands of time went whipping by. Before you knew it, we were buying new school clothes and getting ready for the confines of school. It sucked.

It sucked when I was a kid, and it sucks today.

It always seemed harder on us surfers. Or rather, those of us who hung around the beach. The beach in the summer was the only place to be. I say that wistfully my friends, mostly because, I have spent very little time at the beach this summer. Due in part to my constant project schedule and quite frankly, the lack of good beach days. I mean has it rained where you live this summer? Every day it seems.

It's like Monsoon season.

The rainy weather and because our kids have all grown up and honestly? ( Hanging on the beach, with Mom and Dad is not exactly hip anymore.) We have found fewer days on the beach this year, than past summers. Now don't get me wrong, if there was surf... we'd be hanging for sure. But since BERTHA, it's been slim pickings.

I suppose I could be long boarding or Supbing with the boys, but I need to work. And I need a little more than knee high to get me motivated. But having said that, I have to tell you all, I miss it. I miss those days, hanging on the beach, with all the Surf Families. Just hanging, sitting in the sun, getting tanned and doing nothing. Basically just being a beach bum. A surf hobo. A local.

I know it's only been a few weeks, but I miss the beach. I miss it. I miss the feeling that only the sun, surf and sand can provide. It's why we all live here. Or live close enough to drive here. It's why our friends from way up north, drive hours to get here. We all love the beach in the summer.

Hearing Noelle complain about missing the beach, caused me to rethink my own relationship with that stretch of sand, surf, and cement. I miss the sights and sounds of summer. My friends and their young families. I know there are those, who hang on the beach, regardless of their work status, or where their kids are at. They hang on the beach every summer, because that's what we do.

We're surfers who live in New England.

And dammit people, we only get a few dam months out of the year where we can actually pretend the water is warm and we can wear our summer surf wear. And do nothing except hang on the beach.

But yet, here I sit. Looking out my window at my tropical trees blowing in the breeze. (I put all my tropical plants outside every summer.) The sun is shining, and who knows, there might be a little bump to ride on my Long board. Maybe I'll head down right now. My wife Cory is there...maybe I'll surprise everyone with my ridiculous half tanned body. I'll throw the LB on the roof, and grab a light wetsuit and a towel, duct tape my bad ear, and head down the street.

Wait...what's that? Another line of thunderstorms are moving through? There's no surf. The sun is gone...And Max has my vehicle! Doh!

Sometimes I do feel like Homer.

But I will say this. Homer's going to the beach this week. Rain or shine. Surf or no surf. As long as Bart lets me use my own dam vehicle.


I guess I rubbed some of you the wrong way last week with my Manny comments. Look, I'll leave you with this last word and leave it at that. It's the RED SOX not the MANNY SOX. It's about the team. It's a freaking team. You play on a team. You get paid huge amounts of money to play on a team. In other words, there are other players.

Shut up and play.

Speaking of teams. I was surprised to see Brett Farve leave Green Bay and head to the dark side. Not that I care about that NFL team of ours anymore (I'm still not over that last game). But I must admit, it has thrown a slight wrinkle in the AFC East makeup. And did I also hear that Chad Pennington is going to Miami?

Good thing I don't care anymore, otherwise I might have something to say about all of this....OK OK I care! But I'll take that last game to the grave with me as the Biggest Letdown in New England Sports History!

We'll have to wait and see what kind of team the JETS are with number 4 at the helm. It should be interesting for sure. And don't count out Pennington. That kid can throw a football. Give him protection and he's as good as anyone (except our Golden Boy).

Like Dave Cropper says..."Let the Healing Begin."

OK how many of you caught the John Edwards scandal over the weekend? Look, what people do in their own private lives, is their own business. But when you run for President of the United States of America, well, it becomes all of our business. What a lying scumbag sleazebag! Oh I'm sorry, did I offend some of you Edwards supporters? I'm sorry. The hell I am! Why? First of all, I hate the dude's hair. Are you kidding me?

When he and John Kerry were running for office, there was just too much hair for my liking. Those two together, with their perfect haircuts, made me ill. It was like "Vote For Us America. We Have Perfect Hair!"

My mother died of cancer. I've had many friends pass away because of cancer. That disease is hard enough on any family, without throwing in this despicable act of infidelity. I'm sorry, but he got what he deserved on this one.

Maybe those of you, who still drive around with your KERRY EDWARDS bumper stickers, as some sort of badge of redemption, will now take them down. Unless of course, you support this sleazebucket bonehead.

And speaking of passing away.

The world is less funnier today with the passing of Bernie Mac. He was a funny guy who had a unique style and delivery in the comic world. And dying at age 50 is way too young to go. That's a tragic ending to someone who made so many people laugh. We used to watch the Bernie Mac show on Sunday nights. It was part of our Sunday ritual there for a while. Rest in Peace Bernie Mac.

On Thursday August 21st BIG HANDSOME DADDY
is playing a Free Concert on the Hampton Falls common. If you like Stevie Ray Vaughan and Jimi Hendrix style guitar and playing than you will dig this. Hell, if you like any kind of Blues/Rock you'll dig this show. The Band goes on at 6:30PM and only plays for one hour. It's part of a Summer Concert series at Weare's Common in Hampton Falls that local POST 35 is involved with. Check it out! It's Free! Big Handsome Daddy Thursday August 21 at Hampton Falls Common (where the big cannons are) on Rte 1.

DON'T FORGET. CLICK HERE for THE SURF FREE FOR OUR AMERICAN HEROES session on August 22nd at 10th Street from 10AM-3PM . These are Vets wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan who want to try surfing. All the shops, SFOD and POST 35 along with several other local surfers, will host the WOUNDED WARRIORS project when they come to town.

This is ALL ABOUT the wounded veterans (and their families) from the Global War on Terror coming to Hampton to try surfing! How cool is that? We will be looking for help. If any of you surfers are credited life savers we need you. Please contact me by clicking this link.
Ralph's Pic Of The Week. Thank you.

*Also look for the new format of this weekly blog. We are getting rid of the double scrolling.

Remember my friends...Surfing heals all wounds....
Pray for Surf. Pray for Peace. Surf For Fun.


Yesterday 1958. A Summer Day At The Beach.
(Below) This is a photo taken by my late father of my late Uncle Ralph. My Uncle Ralph used to swim out to
EGG ROCK in Nahant everyday in the Summer. That's a long ass swim. He served with SEABEES in WWII and was in demolition. Blowing up bridges and other Japanese facilities. That's Lil Ralphie and my sister Donna
standing next to him. We were always at the beach. Always. There's got to be beaches in heaven.

Photo by Gus Fatello

2008 Today-Summer, 2008

(Above) Summer Olympics kicked off on Friday in China. This is a typical China beach scene.
(See more wacky China beach scenes at bottom of column)
Photo courtesy of The Internet

2008 Today-Summer, 2008

(Above) Some BERTHA leftovers. Here's Casey Lockwood on the launching pad.
Photo by Ed O'Connell

(Above) This shaved head rider looks like Jon Gozzo. Hope I'm right. Regardless, that's a nice turn.
BERTHA leftover.
Photo by Ed O'Connell

(Above) Casey working the rights of BERTHA.
Photo by Ed O'Connell

(Above) Not really sure who this is. But I'm sure one of you know. BERTHA leftover.
Photo by Ed O'Connell

(Above) This BERTHA beauty is...nevermind. Suffice to say, master lensman Brian Nevins nailed BERTHA.
Photo by Brian Nevins

(Above) BERTHA somewhere in the Atlantic.
Photo by Brian Nevins

(Above) Someone asked me during the Bertha Swell..."Where's Nevins?" You know what? I still don't know.
Photo by Brian Nevins

(Above) Another BERTHA beauty.
Photo by Brian Nevins

(Above) This is BERTHA .
Photo by Brian Nevins

(Above) More BERTHA leftovers. These next series are from Aaron Rohde. I met him on the beach during
the first contest of the summer. Thanks for sending these Aaron.
Photo by Aaron Rohde

(Above) Check out this guy's "Hand Jive" action. BERTHA leftovers.
Photo by Aaron Rohde

(Above) Check out this guy's "Hair Jive" action. What is that thing? BERTHA leftovers.
Photo by Aaron Rohde

(Above) BERTHA buddies.
Photo by Aaron Rohde

(Above) Kody Grondin jams a cuttie. BERTHA leftovers.
Photo by Aaron Rohde

(Above) Climbing up a snowbank. Is that you Mattie? BERTHA leftovers.
Photo by Aaron Rohde

(Above) BERTHA beach scene.
Photo by Aaron Rohde

(Above) This guy almost looks like Johnny Grasso. Except it's not. BERTHA leftovers.
Photo by Aaron Rohde

(Above) Zak bouncing around Bertha's soup bowl.
Photo by Aaron Rohde

(Above) One more session? Or head off to work? Decision time. BERTHA leftovers.
Photo by Aaron Rohde

(Above) Fun for everyone. BERTHA leftovers.
Photo by Aaron Rohde

(Above) Nick Miller ESA contest. Early signs of BERTHA.
Photo by Aaron Rohde

(Above) Mackey V ESA contest. Early BERTHA bump.
Photo by Aaron Rohde

(Above) Jared Velstos ESA contest. BERTHA.
Photo by Aaron Rohde

(Above) Hoku Nichols ESA contest. Yellow on yellow, BERTHA.
Photo by Aaron Rohde

(Above) Mike Moran BERTHA streak.
Photo by Aaron Rohde

Thursday August 21st at 6:30PM FREE Show Hampton Falls Common Rte 1.
Like Jimi and Stevie!

(Above) FRIDAY AUGUST 22nd 10th Street NORTH BEACH 10AM-3PM .
Anyone wishing to volunteer for this special day shoot me an email.
Thanks Ralph.
Ralph's Pic Of The Week

(Above) WELCOME HOME! These four Infantry US ARMY Grunts made it back from IRAQ. Troy Danahy from
Hampton (red shirt) and his three buddies recently celebrated their return to America at POST 35 in Hampton.
These guys participated in the SURGE. And guess what? They ALL said the SURGE was successful.
Photo by R. Fatello SFOD

(Above) Local surfer/APD officer Jason Kooken recently participated in the Police Unity Bike Ride from VA Beach
to DC in May. The ride is 240 mile all cops in honor of the fallen brothers and sisters. Jason rode in honor of
Deputy Bill Walters of Mississippi who was killed 7/15/08, a CPO in the US Navy 26 years retired 2 tours in Nam riverboats then assigned to the jungle warfare section in Subic Bay, PI. assigned to the SEAL deployment.
The picture here is Bill's daughter, Elorine and myself at the Police Memorial.
Photo courtesy of Jason Kooken

VIDEO by SFOD R. Fatello

(Above) CLICK ON Video (photo) Frame Grab of this empty wave. Watch a clip of beautiful NH empty waves.
Video Frame grab by R. Fatello SFOD


Today 2008 More Images from Easties & Westies

(Above) My buddy Scott having fun.
Photo courtesy of Scott Engle

(Above) This is local surfer Peter Stokes at Tavarua. Peter calls this session as THE BEST day of his life.
Photo courtesy of
Peter Stokes

(Above) Costa Rica Summer 08
Photo courtesy of Corey Howard and The Grondin family

(Above) Costa Rica room with a view. Summer 08
Photo courtesy of Corey Howard and The Grondin family


(Above) Costa Rica Summer 08
Photo courtesy of Corey Howard and The Grondin family

(Above) Costa Rica Rainbow. Summer 08
Photo courtesy of Corey Howard and The Grondin family

(Above) Kyle and Corey Costa Rica Summer 08
Photo courtesy of Corey Howard and The Grondin family

(Above) Kevin "Doc" Grondin Costa Rica Summer 08
Photo courtesy of Corey Howard and The Grondin family


(Above) Kevin "Doc" Grondin Playa Negra bottom turn Costa Rica Summer 08
Photo courtesy of Corey Howard and The Grondin family

(Above) Kody Grondin Costa Rica Summer 08
Photo courtesy of Corey Howard and The Grondin family

(Above) Kyle and Kody, Costa Rican death march. Summer 08
Photo courtesy of Corey Howard and The Grondin family

(Above) Kyle Howard, Costa Rica Summer 08
Photo courtesy of Corey Howard and The Grondin family

(Above) Leah Grondin Costa Rica Summer 08
Photo courtesy of Corey Howard and The Grondin family

(Above) Summer Olympics . China beach scene 1.
Photo courtesy of The Internet

(Above) Summer Olympics . China beach scene 2.
Photo courtesy of The Internet

(Above) Summer Olympics Beach. China beach scene 3.
Photo courtesy of The Internet

(Above) Summer Olympics . China beach scene 4. Can you say Happy Meal?
Photo courtesy of The Internet

Today 2008 PARTING SHOT-Jerry and Jimmy

(Above) Jimmy Dunn caught some waves on Nantucket last weekend before performing at the Nantucket Comedy Festival! He'll be at the Seacoast Rep Theatre in Portsmouth on Sept 6th. (without his friend, Jerry Stiller!)
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