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August 17th, 2008

"I'm gonna die...I'm gonna die!" The little Grom cried out on Friday afternoon as he paddled out at the Wall into a fast approaching set of waves that maybe, could of been chest high at best. "No you're not. You'll be fine. Just hang onto to your board." I said as I paddled next to him. No sooner had the set passed, when the same Grom spun around to try and catch a wave..."I'm gonna die! I'm gonna die!" I heard him yell as he paddled for the waist high wave.

For a couple of hours on Friday afternoon I spent my session listening and watching these three little Groms. Or as I called them "A Gaggle of Groms". Every now and then, I'd offer some advice and they seemed to try and take it in as best they could. It's funny to think about their youthful perspective with a chest high wave. To these kids, it was like Pipeline or Chopes. Their eyes bugging out of their heads with each set.

They said that they were from Maine and Boston.

And every summer, they spend a week at North Beach in Hampton. There was one brave kid out of the three, and he was catching all the waves, while his two friends were freaking. He did have this to say about the swell on Friday..."I've been waiting all year for this day."

Waiting all year, for a waist to chest high crumbling swell.

Like I said, it's all in your own personal perspective. Clearly these Groms were out in some of the biggest waves of their lives. It was fun to feed off their energy. Makes you put things into perspective. The three of them chatting like squirrels on Red Bull. And all about the surf and the rides they were getting. While the rest of us jaded "Been there done that" attitudes went by yawning at best. I took something away from that session.

Something we used to call...stoke.

The next day I surfed with my buddy Skip and his young son Grif. Now Grif is a classic Grom. He was catching waves and pointing his arms like he was driving through gaping barrels. Where in his imagination, he probably was. I see it in all the Groms. Kai Nichols and his sister Hoku are another example of the stoked young Groms. Stevie and Buck's kids are all stoked little grommets. Hell, I remember when my own kids were stoked like that. I loved those days. Seeing how happy and stoked they were over waist high waves.

Now Mackey has become one of us.

Maybe not as miserable as most of us. But getting more and more jaded with each passing year. It's part of our natural progression. From being stoked, to being uptight. Let's face it. Not many of the adults I know who surf have the same stoke as a Grom. Hardly.

And I'm including myself.

I get uptight. But, I do get stoked when I'm around the young Groms. It's hard not to. These kids are surfing for all the right reasons right now. If they could only hold onto to that stoke when they get older.

Can't we all stay stoked?

No we can't. Case in point. That same Friday afternoon, I was dropped in on by the same guy 3 times in a row. Now to be fair, this guy was not a surfer. He was sitting in a Kayak. He was older, and he was, as Jacko is fond of saying "Super Stoked". Finally, I paddled up to him and asked him how long he's been doing this. As in,' riding waves' in his Kayak, He said he'd been doing it a few years off and on. Then I asked him.

"Do you play golf?"

He said he did. "Well", I said, "it's like, if you were standing on the Tee, about ready to hit your ball, when I walk up and stand in front of you and tee-off. Or, if you're on the green about to make a putt, and again, I walk up and put my ball down and make my putt before you have a chance to hit yours." He looked at me and I could see his mind churning.

I just nodded.

"Oh...I guess I should say I'm sorry." He finally says. "Look, you just have to look both ways to see if someone is coming, or...if someone is already on the putting green."
He nodded and we paddled away from each other.

I felt really good about my analogy. Seeing how I've never played Golf in my life. Later on, I took off on a wave and the same Kayaker was almost going to go, when I yelled out "Fore!" He stopped and looked at me with a big ole grin on his Kayak face. He looked...what's the word?

Oh yea, he looked "Stoked."


I guess by now you all know that Tropical Storm Fay is coming. And she could with a little nudge, make it up into our window. And the Lord knows how much we need that. We all got a little too excited with Bertha, thinking that hey, this could be that kind of summer. In other words, the kind of Summer that we pray and dream about. A summer chock full of tropical storms and hurricanes.

But after Bertha came and went, we've had just knee high dribble. Don't get me wrong, that surprise little fun swell on Friday and Saturday was a welcome relief to what we've all been dealing with. And how about those water temps? If you didn't "trunk it" on either one of those days you really blew it. It does NOT get any warmer than that round these parts What was it 72 degrees? My brothers and sisters those are the conditions we wish we could get every day in the summer. Fun sized surf and warm water.

Friday and Saturday was dam near tropical.

Although that water clarity was a bit funky. That color was a direct result of the rain off. And if I had to guess, it can't be too healthy. I would like to think that you all showered a little longer after those two days. Don't take chances. That water was not very clean.

But it sure was fun "Trunking it!"

So how many of you are blown away by that Aquatic Freak Michael Phelps? Whoa, can that guy stroke through the water like some kind of fish/dolphin or what? 8 for 8 Gold Medals. Pretty impressive. Surely, we all have some kind of appreciation for our US athletes winning Olympic medals. And to see Phelps whip through the water like a freaking porpoise is just inspiring.

Wonder what kind of a surfer he'd be?

Clearly he could catch waves with those big hands and feet. I wonder if he's tried it? Be interesting to see. Speaking of Olympics, I wonder when they'll get the technology together to build wave pools to have surfers compete. Not that I'd like to see the sport become more popular, but you have to wonder if they'll ever consider Surfing as an Olympic sport.

Can't you just see those 10 yr old Chinese athletes getting Gold medals after they were torn away from their parents at the tender age of three to compete in surfing. "You surf, or we execute your family!" Yessir! Hey sorry mom and dad...I have to surf for our country.

How many of you saw the two big stories of last week? No not the John Edwards Love Child Scandal. I'm talking about the two bigger stories. The video taping of the elusive "Chubacara" in Texas and the Bigfoot press conference. My friends, this is big news. Police officers videotaped a "Chubacara" running up a dirt trail in Texas. I guess the Chubacara is some kind of vampire creature. A well known folklore story in Mexico. Kind of like our own Bigfoot creature. And I swear, they had a dam press conference about Bigfoot just a few days after the Chubcara sighting.
And the guys who found the Bigfoot body are both Police Officers. What's going on here? Who the hell knows.
One thing's for certain, there's some wacky shit out there.

"Shut your mouth. I'm only talking bout Shaft". Rest in Peace Issac Hayes.

Happy Birthday Julia Nichols turning 20 on 19th and Kai Nichols turning 9 on 24th.
And a quick 'Get Well to Surf Gel' Craig Scanlon (Appendix).

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 1900's. Old Orchard Beach in Maine.
(Below) This photo of Old Orchard Beach in Maine was taken in the early 1900's and it was during a time when
folks used to actually dress up going to the beach. I'm sure that if some of the locals and tourists who used to
head off to the beach in those days ever caught wind of what we all wear today, they'd faint.
Photo courtesy of the Internet

(Above) Semi-Yesterday shot of the old Young Groms and the new Grom. Jared Velstos, Kai Nichols,
Max Fatello and Mitch Repucci. Jared, Mackey and Mitch are all Junior Mens and really good surfers today
and Kai is the new Hot Grom Menehune.
Photo courtesy of Lenny Nichols.

2008 Today-Summer-2008

(Above) Kai Nichols in the RIP CURL GROM SEARCH in NJ. Kai got 7th out of 24.
Photo by Lenny Nichols

(Above) Jared Velstos in the RIP CURL GROM SEARCH in NJ.
Photo by Lenny Nichols

(Above) RIP CURL GROM SEARCH in NJ finalists. Jared got 5th! Congrats to both local rippers!
Photo by Lenny Nichols

(Above) Last Night August 16th at the Papa Oo Mow Mow party. Kai and Big Handsome Daddy himself.
Photo by C. Fatello SFOD

(Above) Adam Coates in the RED BULL Nite Riders Tow-At-Contest in Jersy this last weekend.
Photo by Brian Nevins

(Above) RED BULL Nite Riders Tow-At-Contest.
Photo by Brian Nevins

(Above) Adam on the launching pad. RED BULL Nite Riders Tow-At-Contest.
Photo by Brian Nevins

(Above) Adam Coates. RED BULL Nite Riders Tow-At-Contest.
Photo by Brian Nevins

(Above) Flash and splash at the RED BULL Nite Riders Tow-At-Contest.
Photo by Brian Nevins

(Above) Nite burning at the RED BULL Nite Riders Tow-At-Contest.
Photo by Brian Nevins

(Above) Is this cool or what? RED BULL Nite Riders Tow-At-Contest.
Photo by Brian Nevins

(Above) Nite perspective . RED BULL Nite Riders Tow-At-Contest.
Photo by Brian Nevins

(Above) Speed burn. RED BULL Nite Riders Tow-At-Contest.
Photo by Brian Nevins

(Above) Handmade trophy. RED BULL Nite Riders Tow-At-Contest.
Photo by Brian Nevins

(Above) Zappy Black and white at nite. RED BULL Nite Riders Tow-At-Contest.
Photo by Brian Nevins

(Above) Kyle Howard in a Costa Rican lip smack.
Photo courtesy of The Grondins

(Above) Kyle Howard in a Costa Rican Floater.
Photo courtesy of The Grondins

(Above) Kody Grondin on a Costa Rican vacation wave.
Photo courtesy of The Grondins

(Above) Kevin Grondin setting up on a Costa Rican dream wave.
Photo courtesy of The Grondins

(Above) Kevin Grondin getting closer to the sweet spot.
Photo courtesy of The Grondins

(Above) Kevin Grondin nirvana.
Photo courtesy of The Grondins

(Above) Kevin Grondin, alls well that ends well. Doc exiting the sweet spot.
Photo courtesy of The Grondins

(Above) Kody and Leah Grondin and Kyle and Corey Howard in Costa Rica.
Photo courtesy of The Grondins

2008 Today-Summer, 2008

(Above) I shot this after one of those thunderstorms went whipping through our coast line. Three clouds.
Photo by R. Fatello SFOD

(Above) Last Night at the Papa Oo Mow Mow party. Big Handsome Daddy laying it down.
Photo by PT Sullivan

(Above) The 26th Papa Oo Mow Mow party. Crop, Walter and Lorraine.
Photo by R. Fatello SFOD

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's Pic Of The Week

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

ATTENTION ALL SURF FAMILIES the 17th Annual Surf Family Robinson
End of The Summer Beach Party is Saturday August 30th, at Bicentennial Park
on North Beach in Hampton. 10AM-4PM (BYOF)

Today 2008 More Summer Images from the East Coast

(Above) Bertha in New Jersey.
Photo courtesy of Andrew Daher

(Above) Bertha in New Jersey 2.
Photo courtesy of Andrew Daher

(Above) Looks warm. But I wonder if it got bigger than this? Bertha in New Jersey.
Photo courtesy of Andrew Daher

(Above) Bertha in New Jersey.
Photo courtesy of Andrew Daher

(Above) Matching trunks and board. Did he make it? Bertha in New Jersey.
Photo courtesy of Andrew Daher

(Above) I call this the "I can't believe I made this turn" photo. Bertha in New Jersey.
Photo courtesy of Andrew Daher

(Above) Red Bertha in New Jersey.
Photo courtesy of Andrew Daher

(Above) Almost a barrel. Bertha in New Jersey.
Photo courtesy of Andrew Daher

(Above) More Red Bertha in New Jersey.
Photo courtesy of Andrew Daher

(Above) Warm and fun. Bertha in New Jersey.
Photo courtesy of Andrew Daher

Today 2008 PARTING SHOT- Bobby and Jimmy

(Above) Bob Kraft and Jimmy Dunn trying to negotiate a deal to sell the Patriots to Dunn Enterprises.
No word on any agreement just yet. Stay tuned.
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