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Ever since I can remember, I was always drawing waves.

Mostly in class, when I should of been paying attention. I would get lost in my little fantasy world of waves and surfing. And I have one person to blame more than anyone else for my addiction to doodling waves in class. That person would be Rick Griffin. And more importantly, his character "Murphy".

We were all into Murphy back in those days. And with the freeform use of Griffin's wild imagination, Murphy would take us everywhere and anywhere.

I loved Murphy. In fact, I created my own characters back in the early 60's that were a direct inspiration (read rip-off) of Murphy. I called my characters Stonewell and Fern. And we would have our own East Coast version of surf adventures.

My very talented classmate throughout my formative years in grade school and beyond was Thom Tremblay. Thom was an amazing artist. And together we spent many hours in Math class and English class creating our own surf cartoons.

God what I wouldn't do to get my hands on those early drawings. We spent hours drawing and then laughing our heads off as we stared at our boys skateboarding and surfing all over the world.

How did I not save any of those classic drawings. Maybe because our teachers confiscated them? That sounds about right. Imagine our horror as the teachers would rip up our "silly surf drawings" in front of the class. We had to learn to be more discreet. The problem was, our little surf drawings were becoming popular in class. We were doomed by our own creativity.

What's really funny is, here we are some 40 plus years later, and
I am still doing silly little surf drawings. And as you can see, I am still influenced by Rick Griffin. Because Rick Griffin was the best.
Just ask Stan Chew. Or Jay Gould. Or any of the old time surf art lovers. Griffin was, and is, still the best . Long Live Murphy!

These two characters (above) I created a year or two ago. I named them "SUPPO and Kook-eh." And you don't have to go reading between the lines to find the obvious references to some of the individuals we find around these parts.

But before anyone raises an eyebrow or two, if we can't chuckle at ourselves, then we really need to take a chill pill or two. Surfers and surf cartoonists, have always poked fun at ourselves.
It's what we do. Yes we are "hurtful". Hee hee.

Besides, every single Surf Artist I know is unique (crazy).

And I am including myself here. But we are all, eccentric, emotional, sensitive, spiritual, creative, loving and basically open minded individuals, who are constantly seeing surf in
both our creative minds, and in our day to day reality.

We eat, sleep, drink, and draw, surfing.

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about Sharks in New England and that was followed by the annual Shark Week on DISCOVERY. And while it is all very exciting stuff to read and watch, the fact remains that there has still only been one fatality since 1936. ONE...yes some guy from Denver got bit in July on the Cape but still only one person has lost their life since.

However, several people have died from the West Nile Virus that is apparently in the area. Hello? Shouldn't we be more concerned about those damn mosquitoes than Great White Sharks? I am.

In fact, every time the Mosquito truck rolls down my road spraying the snot out of those flying pests, I run out into the street with my fists pumping cheering him on. I love DEET!

Hell if I could, I'd eat DEET. I want to bathe in DEET. I hate mosquito's that much. When in doubt spray the DEET. On your food, in your drinks, in your hair. Use it 24-7...Ok, so I am a little over the top here. But you have to admit. More people are dying from Mosquito bites than Shark attacks.

Let's focus our energy on the deadly flying pest. The Mosquito.



Speaking of surf artists. Dwight Hamsley passed away earlier this year. Dwight was a surfer and a surf artist. He spent the last half of his life in a wheelchair. But not before creating some wonderful works of art. There is a paddle for Dwight on Sunday August 26th, 2012 at 9AM at Jenness Beach in Rye. His brother Doug is organizing the paddle.

The painting on this poster (above) Dwight painted for me. I have it hanging in our home. I also plan on being there for Dwight and then I am headed right back to the MOLLY at 10th Street in Hampton.

It's hard to be everywhere at once. But I plan on being at both events.

Now for Some Of My Weekly Global Observances:
My heart broke this week when I heard of more Americans killed by their so called fellow warriors in Afghanistan. Turns out this is a whole new tactic for the Taliban. Infiltrating the US Forces, getting on their good side, and then murdering them in cold blood. Assholes.

I can see how some say we should just get out of there, and level that freaking wasteland. So disgusting. Terrorism is real and is a constant threat to our men and women day in and day out.

Speaking of Terrorism. Mr Wiki Leaks himself Mr "I am so Full of Myself I can't stand it Assange" is being protected by the Ecuador embassy. Can someone please put a stop to this bonehead? I mean. I am personally sick of seeing him and his wanna be Andy Warhol look. Get over yourself dude. Nobody outside a few radical losers gives a rats ass about what you know.

New Khalid Sheik Mohammed cartoon. Can you imagine? Oh that would be something to witness. KSM lose in NYC? Count me in.

Note to self: Must pick up new Baseball bat at Home Depot.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY Julia Nichols August 19th!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY Jared Burke August 19th!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY Terence Kirby August 23rd!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY Veda Day Cropper August 23rd!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY Kai Nichols August 24th!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY Duke Kahanamoku August 24th!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY Hannah Vokey August 24th!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY Larry Giles August 24th!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY Britt Canner August 24th!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY Johnny Palomino August 25th!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY Anne Marie Ashley August 25th!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY Deb Dorsen August 25th!
GET WELL SOON Matt Denis WHS student!

Keep your eyes and ears open for this Stolen board. If you spot this board or the Stewart PLEASE let me know.

*August 22nd, 2012 is the NEW RELEASE DATE for the New Surf Free Or Die Movie "SURFING HEALS ALL WOUNDS"

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Remember my friends...Surfing Heals All Wounds....
Pray for Surf. Pray for Peace. Surf For Fun.





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We highly recommend the various businesses and artists listed below. Why? Well simply put, each and every one of them is a Surfer, who lives the Surfing Lifestyle, and their business is a reflection of that lifestyle that we all love.

Yesterday- 1978 "Green Barrel". Acrylic on canvas.
(Below) One of my first in the barrel perspectives. As you can see I was still figuring it
all out. It's not as easy as it looks. Getting that feeling of water rushing up the face as
the lip pours over. Hundreds, thousands, perhaps millions of waves later, I am still amazed
by the mechanics of a wave. . Painting by RALPH.

Click on the photo above to see the larger version.

TODAY ... all the photos below were taken this week, unless otherwise noted.

Today- Monday August 13th, 2012 Photos by RALPH

(Above) Young Elliott Anderson paddling into what looks like a waist high plus wave.
Monday August 13th, 2012.
Photo By RALPH
* Click on the photo above to see the Whole gallery.

(Above) Try telling Elliott Anderson that this wave is NOT waist high.
Monday August 13th, 2012.
Photo By RALPH
* Click on the photo above to see the Whole gallery.

(Above) Small surf but it sure was pretty. Monday August 13th, 2012.
Photo B
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(Above) The Man "MURPHY" by the late great Rick Griffin. This cartoon changed
my life and many others of that time period.
Art By Rick Griffin
* Click on the photo above to see the Whole gallery.

(Above) The late Rick Griffin in his studio.
* Click on the photo above to see the Whole gallery.

(Above) My second favorite Surf Artist is Odgen. This painting is hanging at Flatbread
in Amesbury MA. We LOVE this piece. We ended up calling it The ROCKS. Property
of Jay Gould.
Art By Odgen
* Click on the photo above to see the Whole gallery.

(Above) Odgen's Sun Bowl. This is another beautiful painting. Property
of Jay Gould.
Art By Odgen
* Click on the photo above to see the Whole gallery.

(Above) This was a painting I had done many years ago and had completely forgot
about. It was at the Art Show at the Provident Bank. My friend Kenny Linseman owns it.
He thought he would surprise and me and set it up in the gallery. I was surprised.
Art By RALPH * Click on the photo above to see a larger

From the pencil of Stan Chew..."Basically, I look at these notebook pieces as surfer caveman art.  Before Griffin, Ogden, Severson and the rest...there was doodling in notebooks, rendering moments of excitment through art.  How many hours have you spent in the tube Ralph while getting the torque of the water just right?  Caveman must have been on a perpetual hunt...  "
This is title "Baja Dreaming" flashing on Magdalena Bay at Campgrounds. Art By Stan Chew
* Click on the image above to see a larger version.

These days find me back in the world of the technology business, something I have been at for 28 years excepting 3 years in Panama.  I love the software business.  It is a lot like surfboard design, constantly refined and evolving, sometimes going retro.  But there are days when the surfmares take over and I digress to my school years of doodling. 
Silverbacks Con-call Surfmare #1
notebook paper 2012

* Click on the image above to see a larger version.

(Above) My 2nd installment of my NEW Cartoon series.
My Griffin inspired insanity
that I call "SUPPO and KOOK-EH" . It's a goof. A cartoon. It's supposed to make
you smile. Because if we can't laugh at ourselves, who can we laugh at? Come on.

August 19th, 2012. Art by RALPH.

* Click on the photo above to see the Whole gallery.

(Above) The ever stylish local Surfer/Surf Artist Hannah Vokey and her amazing
Painting By Hannah Vokey
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(Above) "Dolphins" by of the most unique Surf Artists on the planet.
Check out his COOL Art. Sunday August 19th, 2012.
* Click on the photo above to see the Whole gallery.

(Above) Another local Surfer/Surf Artists who has embraced both surfing and surf
art the last few years is Phillip B. Munson. This is a piece he calls Wall Barrel and
it's from a photo of another well known local Icon. Brian Nevins.
Art By Phillip B. Munson
* Click on the photo above to see the Whole gallery.

(Above) "Chopes" by Phillip B. Munson. Art By Phillip B. Munson
* Click on the photo above to see the Whole gallery.


We welcome all Surf Related pics from our Readers. Just make sure they are at least 900 pixels wide. If you have any OLD photos of local surfers and surfing we would love to see them and share them with our readers. We can scan them for you. And we get them back to you undamaged.

If you have prints/slides we can scan them.

And we don't care if you shoot pics with with your cellphones. I mean it. Most of the images you see on the news and on the Internet were shot with Smart Ass Phones.

Just shoot them and send them along.

(Above) Atlantic Blue by Donna Baldassari. Inspired by the beaches of Cape Cod.
Painting by Donna Baldassari. *Click on the photo above to see the Whole gallery.

(Above) "Playa Grande Dreams " 20" x 16" Posca paint pens by Mark Lim.
*Click on the photo above to see the Whole gallery.

(Above) "Surfing Grape" Clara Nardone age 6.
*Click on the photo above to see the Whole gallery.

NEW QWILL Single JUST RELEASED on fathers Day June 17, 2012 GREAT SONG

Great NEW EP from local surfer/musician
Nick Checo download it for free by clicking
on image above.

(Above) I bought this original piece for $15 at a surf contest in New York.
He said his name was Olit. He was from Indonesia. So talented.
Art By OLIT* Click on the photo above to see the Whole gallery.

(Above) Surf Garage by Tony and Ryan Ciolifi
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CLICK ON THE PLAY BUTTON on each clip to view videos

5 Summer Stories ANIMATION-- iconic surf movie classic --
featuring animation by John Lamb. The segment used in the
movie is from Rocket 88, a 5 1/2 minute surf cartoon that was complete but never finished. ..1975..The unedited film was
finally assembled in somewhat
of an original sequential order after 30 years. However, it remains unedited and ROCKET 88 can be seen on You Tube with 2 different sound tracks, the math metal track being the favorite

Last year's HIT THE BEACH at Hampton's North Beach. Looking forward to this year's 5th ANNUAL WOUNDED WARRIORS HIT THE BEACH August 24th, 2012 at 18th Street, North Beach, Hampton,
NH from 9AM-3PM

Last Year's MOLLY...looking for an even BIGGER turnout this year
for the 3rd Annual MOLLY.Saturday and Sunday August 25th & 26th, 2012 at 10th Street The WALL in Hampton, NH.
Get your "FUNKY COSTUMES READY Everybody!
It's gonna be a BLAST!"

SURF ART Exhibit at The Provident Bank in Hampton, NH
Now Thru
August 31st, 2012

Now through Aug 31 as part of the Provident Bank Lobby for
the Arts Program exhibit of surf art and photography by Ralph
Fatello, Ed O’Connell, John Carden, Ryan Denning, of Alpine
Live, and Ryan Scura and Dylan Ladds of The Granite Stoke.

The bank is located at 321 Lafayette Road Hampton NH and
the lobby is open Mon-Friday 8am-7pm, Sat 9-1 Sun 10-2.

(Above) Another gem from another 6 year old named Maisie. She calls this
* Click on the photo above to see the Whole gallery.


Recorded in 1978. Click on VINNY CD
art to see a larger version and how to
order this CD and others for sale at
GAF Music.
A Division of Adlantic

Like father like son. My son Max did this for me this week...
Oh boy I think I created a monster here...CLICK IT.


Recorded in 1983. Click on VINNY CD art
to see a larger version and how to order this CD and others for sale at GAF Music.
A Division of Adlantic

Crackie's still missing over in London England meanwhile enjoy this self portrait of Crackie.
If you have a question no matter how stupid, or absurd, please
send it

Crackie has his own Facebook Page. You should Friend Him...though there are no guarantees that he'll be nice to you.

Click above to read the entire MOLLY BLOG in Chronological order


(Above) All Rise: 10th Street District Court of Surf Justice is now in session, the
Honorable Judge RALPH presiding. CASE 175 BLATANT DROP IN OF THE WEEK-
Click the photo to see the outcome of this Surf crime and the verdict.
Art via the Internet.

CLICK ABOVE to read the WHOLE DAILY"Catch A Wave For Molly" BLOG. I started the campaign on July 26, 2010 and Ended July 26, 2011. I kept a daily digital blog, of each and every day. There's tons of photos too! It was an amazing adventure. And yes you can still donate to the MOLLY ROWLEE Fundraiser. Click it.





(Above) Put the cursor over the images above to see happens when you DROP in
on someone. You become Invisible.
Simply put the mouse over the photo to see the
original photo and then marvel at the results of what happens when the criminal
invisible.*Put the cursor over the photo to see the Real image.
Photo via the Internet


Today 2012 "COMING DOWN!.."

(Above) Of course it's photo shopped.
Photo via the Internet.

Click above to find out how you can help my friend Tim.

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