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Ruptured Ear Drums, Surfing with Smiles and Slyders.

Thursday August 13th, 2015 was supposed to be a memorable day for me. It would be the first time I surfed since last August. A whole year passed me by. Suffice it to say, I was a bit anxious to get back on my board. Even though the doctors didn't want me to surf just yet, I couldn't stand it. Standing on the beach taking photos in February is one thing, but standing on the beach on a hot August day with perfect waist to chest high waves? Well that's a whole other animal.

I had shot earlier in the day in the water. So I knew how warm the water was . I was back in my studio by 12 noon when Max called and said the surf was really fun. And he added, don't shoot any photos, just paddle out and catch a few with us. I thought about the doctors orders and honestly, those doctors at MGH don't surf. So Max was actually
making more sense than the docs.

Whoa, did I just write that?

Oh what the hell, I grabbed my 9'0 and headed down to the wall. I paddled out after doing a
few stretches, and putting my ear plugs in I proceeded to paddle out to join my son, and my friends. I have to say it felt so damn good being back in the water. It has been too long.

I got to the line-up at 10th street and sat off the jetty. The right that I am fond of (Ralph's Rights) was working perfectly. A set came and everyone backed off and they graciously allowed me to take the first good one in the set. I paddled hard when I heard Skip say "The moment of truth." Dammit, why'd he say that? Hmm mm, I blew it. I missed the wave. And if that wasn't bad enough, I missed the next 10 waves I paddled for. To say I was frustrated would be a grave mis justice to the word Frustrated.

Somehow by the grace of God I was able to catch a left. Then I followed that by catching a decent right. All of a sudden things were starting to gel. A pretty chest high wave popped up on the sand bar and I swung my 9'0 around and started to paddle. I was being too damn casual, and when the wave pitched I was pitched with it. I landing flat on my left ear with a loud slap. My ear plug was blown out of my ear and I felt the all too familiar vertigo take hold.

Long story short, I paddled in, got sick to my stomach, I got to the rocks near the jetty and sat down. My son Max and his buddy Shane came down to see what was going on. Skip Brunette brought some water. I was more embarrassed than anything. I knew I was hurting, but my pride and ego were also damaged. I felt like such a failure.

For the record, I have ruptured my ear drum twice before.

The first time in February of 1977. It was during a snow storm. I was surfing off of one of the right points. I had NO HOOD on. I had just had a few nice long rides when a big set started to march into the take off spot. I swung my 7'0 single fin Nomad and paddled for the biggest wave. The wind was howling that day and a big gust caught me at the top of the wave. I got to my feet, but the wind was holding up my board. Then without any warning, the lip pitched out and caught me off balance. I free fell down the face and landed flat on my left ear drum.

I hit so hard that I could actually hear the sound. When I resurfaced, I realized that my world was a spinning wheel of vertigo. I could not make out the horizon as it was moving so rapidly in a constant turning motion. I immediately got sick to my stomach. I mean sick sick. It was awful. having never experienced anything like this, I knew enough to paddle out and into the channel. I could not stop the spinning.

I remember finally making it to shore that day and climbing up the rocks to where my vehicle was parked. Steve Clark was driving by and he pulled over to talk about the surf. I told him what had happened. He suggested I go and get the ear looked at. I did and it was confirmed that I ruptured my ear drum.



There really is nothing they can do for eardrum rupture. It was basically keep it dry for the next couple of months. Say what? Oh yeah. Keep it dry. Ugh.

The second time was during Hurricane Gabrielle in 1989. My wife was pregnant with our first child. I had once again ruptured the same ear drum. This time I was paddling back out after catching a nice long right. A big set roared up on the outside reef as I paddled hard to get under it. As I started my duck dive I turned my head slightly to the left. That was a bad move. The thick lip shot up and over and landed directly on my left ear. Again, the impact was insane.

The same thing happened. Instant vertigo. Instant nauseous.

This time I was not alone. Though it wouldn't matter any way. I turned to a friend and asked for help. And he just looked at me and smiled. WHAT??? I called out to him several more times, but he would only paddle away. Later when I saw him at Kevin's house after my ER visit. I yelled at him." Why the hell didn't you help me?" He looked at me and said, "I thought you were kidding." "What? Kidding? I needed help out there.!" That's when he said the words I'll never forget. 'You're Ralph, you never need help." I wanted to slap his big silly face, but I was in too much pain.

The good news to this story was, I said to my wife, "If the baby is a girl, we should name her Gabrielle." My wife agreed. And well, Gabby was born 9 months later. Gabrielle Marina (Marina means Of The Sea). The name seemed appropriate enough.


Getting a ear infection, or a ruptured ear drum is no laughing matter.
So do yourselves a big favor. WEAR EAR PLUGS!

Later that night, the last "Surfing With Smiles" event happened.



It was another great success. Giving back to those in need by teaching them to surf, "Hence the name, Surfing With Smiles."



Right there is a
big ole smile. The healing power of the ocean and specifically the surf, can last a lifetime.



Speaking of smiling. Kevin Grondin added a little flair with this
hand stand. There's a whole two galleries of Surfing With Smiles
an the ENDLESS SLYDE on
the blog this week.

"SURFING HEALS ALL WOUNDS"


 






"Ed's Corner" pic this week is a shot from September of 2013.
The surfer is Mark Jowett. Click on the photo to see a bigger image. To see more of Ed's pics just hit the archives tab and scroll through the years and see some Ed's work. Be sure to pick up the new SFOD movie The COLD COAST and check out the extra feature of Ed O'Connell's gallery.

Each week I will feature one of Ed's great pics from this blog.
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Now for Some Of My Weekly Global Observances
The big story of the week...TRUMP TRUMP TRUMP TRUMP
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and finally...TRUMP TRUMP TRUMP TRUMP



And just when you thought it was safe for your kids to go to the
fair , The DONALD shows up at the Iowa state fair. And he
offered helicopter rides for all the children. You know what this
section is all about. The Sheik and The Donald part II.

So once again for all my KSM fans. Here's the man himself standing behind Trump. The weekly humiliation of the master
mind behind the September 11th 2001 attacks. The man who designed the killing of 3,000 innocent civilians. The number two big dog of AlQeada. Khalid Sheik Mohammed.


* Note to self, must pick up a case of helicopter oil at
Home Depot.




TODAY!!! OCCY at Cinnamon Rainbows and then a free movie showing of the OCCUMENTARY at Flatbread in Hampton.

Best Of Luck to Megan Evans and her NEW rig THE ENDLESS SLYDER.



Rest In Peace John Sexton.
(Paddle story and pics in next week's blog.
Happy Birthday Veda Cropper August 23, 2015
Happy Birthday Mike White August 16, 2015.
Happy Birthday John Fatello August 25th, 2015!
*Facebook no longer gives me the weekly birthday
updates. They only send me daily ones. Sorry.

Please keep my sister Evamarie in your thoughts and prayers
and continue to send positive thoughts to our dear friend Meghan Evans and family, same with surf photographer Andrew Rebeiro and my dear friend Greg Brooks. Also say a prayer for my good friend Robert Gerard. And please continue to pray for local Hampton surfers Terry Morrison and Rick Fiorentini and their families. And lastly, please pray for Dave O'Connor. A good man, a great mentor to so many kids, and a wonderful school principal. Another NH surfer passed away. Please pray for the family and friends of John Sexton. Thank you.

Please add them all to your prayer list. Thank you.




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Thursday August 13th, 2015
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Mike Stanek making it look bigger than chest high.
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I think this is Max Moody. Back from somewhere. He sure looked like Max. August 10th, 2015 Photo by RALPH
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Mike Stanek punts another one on his back up board.
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(Above) Kody Grondin on some borrowed speed. August 10th, 2015
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Mike Stanek on the board he punched a fist sized hole into.
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(Above) Steve Franson on one of the best waves of the day.
August 10th, 2015
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Today- The Sunday Surprise. August 9th, 2015.
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(Above) Kai Nichols getting faster, stronger, and better with each
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(Above) Jon Gozzo taking a much deserved break from making the BEST Burritos on the entire seacoast. bar none. THE BEST.
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(Above) Kai and Mackey favoring the rights this day.
August 9th, 2015
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(Above) It was thick and milky looking and the inside was punishing.
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Sunday August 5th, 2015
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Today- The EMPTY WAVES of August 9-10th, 2015.
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(Above) Truth be told, these were few and far between.
August 9th, 2015
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(Above) The kind of wave that you stop paddling for to get one last look.
August 10th, 2015
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(Above) The view from the road. Hard to drive away from.
August 10th, 2015
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(Above) Come on. Are you kidding me? Empty waves like this going by unmolested? Someone dropped the ball. August 10th, 2015
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(Above) The righteous rights. August 10th, 2015 Photo by RALPH
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Today- The SEQUENCES of August 9-10th, 2015.
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(Above) Jon Kiskinis managed to find one of the only waves that had a
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(Above) The man wants to fly. MVF on launch attempt number 399.
August 10th, 2015
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(Above) The original Write Brother Mike Stanek.
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(Above) The man on the barrel mission. KFG August 10th, 2015
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(Above) This guy prefers to hide under the lip when the crowds move in.
Billy Ritchie. August 10th, 2015
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Today- SURFING WITH SMILES/Endless Sliders
August 13th, 2015.
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(Above)
The last SURFING WITH SMILES of the year. And what a huge success it was. August 13th, 2015.
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(Above)
The first launch of the Megan Evan's ENDLESS SLIDER this is
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Today- Surfing With Smiles and Sliders
August 13th,
2015 Photos by Cory Fatello



(Above). Yes they were all stoked. SURFING WITH SMILES
ended with a big SMILE. August 13, 2015

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(Above). And they were stoked too! Endless Slider. August 13, 2015
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(Above). John Brown reacting to the dark clouds. August 15, 2015
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(Above). Dario Julie Jakoboski on a fine morning. August, 2015
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(Above).The simple stoke of riding a wave. August 13th, 2015
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When I first heard the Beatles Sgt Peppers LP in the summer of 1967. The song "When I'm 64" seemed like a million light years away. And then...BAM. I'm sixty four. Huh? Yep. 64 one year from retirement.

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The 6th Annual HIT THE BEACH with The Wounded Warrior Project and NE Disabled Sports. Thanks to American Legion POST 35, Cinnamon Rainbows, Pioneers, Zapstix, Summer Sessions, Hampton Fire and Rescue, ESA-NNE, Flatbread, Fresh Valley Foods, HPD, and the many volunteers (you guys are the best!).

 

 





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