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The Run is over...25 Weeks Of Surf.
Maybe it's best that it finally stopped now. The surf that is. You know, the sun finally came back, and people started acting like it was summer around these parts. Because let's face it, the first half of this summer was hardly summer like. All that rain and cold weather? Heck, you couldn't really call that summer now could you? But getting back to the 25 week run. You have to admit, even you jaded, miserable, suffering, paint me gray and kick me in the teeth negative complainers, had to suck it up and admit it. That was one hell of a run. Since the last week of February to last week. 25 weeks. That my friends, is pretty freaking consistent. Now to clarify this for those who are just tuning in. I'm not talking about waves everyday. I'm talking about waves every week. At least one day or more, of a swell that was at least waist high or better. We had 25 such weeks. And all in a row.
Now, some will argue with that. And I can respect your opinion. But it is just that. Your opinion. And while we can argue until the end of time, about wave size, I was basing the swell scale on the simple wave calling scale of, waist high or better. Because this column is called Ralph's Pic Of The Week, and I would be said Ralph. I set the criteria. And the criteria was "Waist High Or Better". Anybody got a problem with that? If so, drop me a line. Consider my email the complaint department. Love to hear from you.
had waves for 25 consecutive weeks. But it did stop this week. Try as
I might, to find a day this week that fit that bill, I could not. Although,
I did shoot some groms who were clearly surfing waves that were waist
high on them, that would be a stretch to call the waves that were waist
high on a bunch of young, little groms, waist high for us Big assed
adults. It's over.
I got lots of feedback about my "Exostosis" problem. Thanks for all the suggestions. Some sound interesting, and some sounded...oh what's the word? I know. Nutty. But I'm thankful for the info that was offered. And while I have not yet decided which way to go, I have been leaning towards the surgery in January. I figure if I'm out of the water, at least it will be freezing cold water I'm missing. I can live with that. Sort of. The only problem is I've been losing more of my actual hearing in my right ear and that is making for some difficult days here at the homestead. Not to mention out in public and trying to listen to music. That has been a royal pain in the butt. So something's gotta give and soon. I'll keep you posted.
a couple of big news items that are coming up soon that directly involves
the local New England surf scene. First and foremost, is the Memorial
Paddle and Party for Lil Miss Molly on Saturday, August 22nd
at 8:00AM at 8th Street at North Beach (The Wall). Most of
you are aware of this event. It is for Lil Miss Molly Rowlee
who actually started surfing last year at age 5 with her dad Buck.
As most of you know, Molly passed away on July 12, 2009
less than six months after being diagnosed with Cancer. I've been part
of, and have conducted many Surfer Paddles over the years. Each one
has been special. This one will be very special.
Her valiant fight against cancer, captured so many hearts and souls
over the last 5-6 months of her life. So much so, that the whole surf
community, came together and did all kinds of special auctions, fundraisers
and special charity events in her name. And now, we will do this special
Paddle for the Lil Surfer, that Molly was becoming. Her dad Buck
surfs, her mother and brother are all part of the surf community. It
will be something that none of us will ever forget in our lifetime.
We want to invite ALL the surfers to join us in this special day for
other special event is the Wounded Warriors HIT THE BEACH II.
For those who saw last year's inaugural kick off, this is inspiration
with a Capital. "I". To witness Veterans who were wounded
in combat come to our beaches and learn how to surf is something that
you will never ever forget. Trust me. It's that good. Friday August
28th from 9AM to 3PM at 10th Street, North Beach (Wall) in Hampton
something very special will be happening. We have enough volunteers,
but if anyone has anything to offer as far as food or drink, or anything
else that pertains to this event, please feel free to contact me via
email, and I will make sure the right people get notified. This is one
of those events that if everything goes as planned, it will be both
memorable to you as well as the Veterans who try surfing.
for some of my weekly Global observances:
So how about them Patriots? Huh? You know, I hate to say it, but I missed the game. I did. I was out seeing Joe Bonamassa at the Casino with Dave Cropper, Tim Polychronis, Kevin Grondin, Kenny Linseman and Harry Manzi. But for those who did see them, I guess our boy Tom Brady looked as good as ever. And as much as it pains me to repeat this...all the damn experts are predicting, the Patriots as the team to beat this year. Damn I hate that. I mean, Tom Brady being back is great and all, but how about them Corners? Who's gonna fill Assante's and Hobb's shoes? I don't know. Besides, I still have NOT gotten over the 18-1 season. Sorry but I'm taking that heartbreak to the grave. The perfect season.
Joe Bonamassa was great. I'm sure some of you are asking yourselves..."Who
the hell is Joe Bonamassa?" Well, he's (in my opinion) the
BEST guitarist out there today. Hands down. The best. He can play and
sing his ass off. Plus he's a great songwriter. In short, he's the complete
package. He plays all Gibson Guitars these days. Too bad, cuz
I'm still a Stratocaster guy and wished he would of played a
Strat that night. But alas, it was Les Pauls, Firebirds, and
the Flying "V" for Joe. Speaking of Les Paul.
The man behind the name...Mr Les Paul died that same day we saw
Joe Bonamassa. I have a Les Paul. I used to have a bunch
of them. Les Paul was 94 years old. He was classic. And
he made one hell of a guitar, that many Guitar players used,and still
use today. Like Joe Bonamassa. Rest In Peace Les.
Paddle Party this coming Saturday August 22nd!
Celebration of Molly Rowlee's Life will take place this coming Saturday
August 22nd at 8th Street at The Wall, (North Beach, Hampton, NH.) at
8:00AM for a Surf Paddle. Followed by KB's Bagels and ending with a
Block party at 12noon in Hampton on Ring Terrace off of Winnacunnet
Road In Hampton.*PLEASE we encourage you park at the Wall and walk to
the Block Party that starts at 12noon and or car Poll and park on Winnacunnet
Road. Thank you so much.
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my friends...Surfing heals all wounds....
Yesterday- 1975 Kevin Grondin at FREAKA-ZOIDS
(Below) This is a video frame grab of an ultra grainy transfer from the H-Boys surfing the FREAKS in 1975. This is a young Kevin Grondin getting barreled on the way inside. We cracked this break this day. And have been surfing it ever since.
Video Frame Grab from Super8mm courtesy of RALPH
(Above) Young Johnny Kellar grabs his rail and drops into a fun one on Friday. To see more click on the Photo. Click on image to see gallery. August 14th, 2009
Photo By RALPH Click on the image above to see more.
This is a BIG wave for anyone. Erik "Zippy"
LaRochelle has Big Balls and it looks like Erik can still surf the snot
out of any wave he paddles out into. Good on You Erik. You hot shit!
Can't wait to see more. To see all the insane Mentawais, click
on Photo Click image to see gallery. Photos courtesy
of Erik LaRochelle.
Erik LaRochelle inside an insane Mentawais
barrel. Click on Photo Click image
to see gallery. Photos courtesy of Erik LaRochelle.
Erik LaRochelle's power driftl. Click on Photo Click image to see gallery. Photos courtesy of Erik LaRochelle.
Erik you little shit...I'm officially jealous. Damn it son. You scored. Click on Photo Click image to see gallery. Photos courtesy of Erik LaRochelle.
COMING NEXT WEEK! More Local Boy Gone Aussie Gone Mentawais Madman Erik "Zippy" LaRochelle's INSANE Surf Trip!
COMING NEXT WEEK! Madman Erik "Zippy" LaRochelle's INSANE Surf Trip!
2009 PARTING SHOT- "FUNK IT UP BABY!"
(Above) What The Hell is going on here? Erik LaRochelle sends this in from his wacked Mentawais Trip. Photo courtesy of Erik LaRochelle.