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August 3rd, 2008

Well wasn't last week's Surf Art Column just some of the coolest ass sheeiat you've ever seen? I mean, we had some great pieces of surf art from so many different artists. It was so cool for me to see the many different styles and mediums. It only happens once a year kids, and it just so happened that the Sur Art column fell during a lull. I would of been hard pressed to run the Surf Art column, if the surf was going off. Like the week before during BERTHA.

But alas my friends, I am committed to these creative individuals. And we lucked out with the flatness during the week. Unless you're one of those who actually think we've had waves everyday this summer. Oh yea, they're out there. The Glass half full gang. Or, the knee high gang. Knee High! Knee high!

Like I said, we lucked out during a lull period.

All you artists who missed the July 26 deadline, put this new date on your calendar now, and try and see if you can submit a piece a year from now. Saturday, July 25th 2009 at 6:00PM sharp. That's a little over a year from now. I know some of you artists, are a tad on the quirky side, and don't really follow rules like deadlines...but try it. July 25, 2009 at 6PM submit art to Ralph. Maybe draw yourself a note on your arm or something.

So what the dilly yo ho is going on in the tropics? That's it? Just Bertha? Come on...actually I saw a series of potential tropical waves coming off the dark continent last night. Maybe next week? Or next weekend? I'm sorry if I lost track of the surf. But you see my friends, I'm still on the freaking ear drops, and must stay out of the water for a ridiculous length of time...although, I'm feeling pretty good. And should a Bertha type swell hit...well ole Ralphie will be on it like a hornet.

I'm good to go.

Not because some doctor gave me the greenlight, but because I've jury rigged an ear protection ensemble that should keep my ear dry.

All I need is a swell to try her out. Hey if it works. I'll brand the bitch and call it Ralph's Dry Ear System. Speaking of bitches...Manny Ramirez is gone. And I say good riddance. I'm sorry, but I have a problem with some of these pompous, over paid, arrogant athletes, who come from some third world country, and become freaking gazillionaires, all because, they can swing a stick? Now don't get me wrong here. There are plenty of legal immigrants who have come to this country legally, and earned every penny they made. Manny is not one of them. He's a mockery to to the Red Sox team and management, and he's embarrassing to the league in general. He's a walking talking cartoon character.

Raise your hand, if you wish you could make that kind of money. You better all be waving. And keep your hand raised, if you were told that, in order to make that kind of money, you had to be a good teammate, and basically behave yourself. All your hands better be raised higher.

Who the hell does Manny think he is? Dude, you were swinging at Mangos before you came to America. You learned how to play "our" game, and as a result, you became mega rich. Where do you get off acting like a buffoon? I applaud the Red Sox. Good for them. They took a stand and sent a message (albeit a little too late for my liking) but none the less. They did it. So Manny being Manny will be a distraction for another ball club. Joe Torre will have his hands full. He might not see it initially, but we all know it's coming. Because Manny can't help being Manny.

I'm just glad it's on someone else's dime.

I did hear that Torre says the dreadlocks must get trimmed...that should be interesting. Any bets?

Getting back to our world. We (Surfers) lost a pioneer last week. Bud Browne the "father of Surf Films" passed away at 96. Just a week after his birthday. Man that was a hell of a run. Bud Browne, who was a Boston native went on to produce so many early surf movies. He was a WWII vet serving in the US NAVY.

He was well respected by all of his peers, and quite frankly he was the man, that all surf movie makers looked up to. Including Bruce Brown, who made the Endless Summer. Some of his early films are listed on the poster below in the yesterday frame box. Some of his classic flicks were "Cat on a Hot Foam Board" "Surf Happy" , "The Big Surf" and "Gun Ho" .

Bud Browne, a Surf Movie filmmaker dead at 96.
Rest in Peace Bud.


I made some casual observations the last couple of weeks while nursing my ruptured ear drum. First was the disturbing trend of EXTREME Sports on TV. I just so happened to catch some EXTREME Skateboarding and Bike jumping in the biggest dam ramp I have ever seen.

Now I'm assuming you have all seen this wacked sport.

But just in case. These guys drop into this huge half pipe and launch themselves into a massive jump and then proceed to hit this insane vertical ramp, all the while performing some hairball maneuver.

I was getting uptight watching this stuff.

I mean, I didn't just come down with yesterday's Thunderstorm. So my take on this stuff is, someone is gonna die. Just like surfing. The EXTREME surf spots like Chopes, Cyclops, Jaws, Mav's...and all the TOW in stuff in 70' surf is going to result in death.

We have entered into the realm of EXTREME SPORTS and there's no turning back. People will die. And honestly? That will only heighten the attraction. I was amazed to learn that some of these guys on these insane little bikes, are almost 40 years old. Are you kidding me? That's crazy. And it's not just these little trick bikes, surfing and skateboards. It's on Dirt Bikes as well.

But I have to admit. I watched it in total awe and fascination. Don't ask me why. But I did.

My other casual observation was, this other TV show. And in fact, it may just be my my favorite new Summer TV show. Which show is it you ask? Why I'm talking about WIPEOUT. I don't know what station it's on, or what day it's on or what time it's on. I only know this...I laughed my head off. By myself, I was giddy watching it. I mean the show is as moronic as it gets. Although the MC John Henson is a funny bastard. He used to host Talk Soup years ago. He's pretty witty and quick on his feet (as far as one liners go). But the show, have you see the show?

My wife can't for the life of her, understand why I would be into it. And you know what? I didn't know at first either, and then it dawned on me. I know, you can say it. Light dawns on Marblehead." It is the simple SURF Factor that attracts me to this dumbass show. Say what? It's true.

Think about it. How many of us always hoot and scream when we watch a major eat in some surf flick? We all do. We all scream and reel in horror as some poor surfer get's pitched into some reef sucking hairy wave. We all do it. It's the same feeling (sort of ) watching these clowns get worked in these ridiculous settings. I don't know what it is but I found myself laughing at some of the heavy "eats" these guys took.

I mean they were taking gas on some big bouncing drops and quite frankly kids...I'm surprised that none of them broke their necks. Seriously. They are lucky they didn't get paralyzed. I mean these contestants are not athletes. Hardly. They are just some poor Joes off the street, that more than likely, signed some contract that has a waiver saying.." that if you die, or get your neck broken, we are not responsible. " And they sign it.

Why not? You're gonna be on TV, and hell, you could win $50,000. Except, a lot of good that will do you, if you break your freaking neck or get killed.

But dam, that's some good fun TV during the week.

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 there's a change coming soon in the format of this weekly blog. We are getting rid of the crazy scrolling deal, with the double scrolling.

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


Yesterday 1950's Bud Browne "Father of Surf Films" dead at 96.
(Below) This is an early photo of the late Bud Browne. Starting off with an old 8mm movie camera and
eventually working his way up to 16mm
Bud Browne went on to make several Classic Surf Flicks (see poster
below). He shot the likes of Phil Edwards, Miki Dora, Dewey Weber, David Nuuhiwa and Gerry Lopez.
Those are some heavy hitters in the surf history books. Rest In Peace Bud.
Photos courtesy of the Internet

2008 Today-August 1-3, 2008 Grom Fest USA

(Above) From Bud to Groms. We all have to start somewhere.
Photo by Lenny Nichols

(Above) Groms- SUPB'in and Surfin.
Photo by Lenny Nichols

(Above) Lean and turn. Kai Nichols.
Photo by Lenny Nichols

(Above) And take a stroll. Longboarding-Kai at the Wall..
Photo by Lenny Nichols

(Above) Like Brother like sister. Hoku into a small fun burger.
Photo by Lenny Nichols

(Above) Big Sister Hoku on a semi glassy face..
Photo by Lenny Nichols

(Above) Papa Greg Smith with daughter in Kauai.
Photo courtesy of
Demitri Valhouli

(Above) The Pappas and Smith children in Kauai.
Photo courtesy of
Demitri Valhouli

(Above) Menehunes with Papa Greg and Papa Cliff. Kauai, where the water is warm, and the Aloha is real
Photo courtesy of
Demitri Valhouli

2008 Today-SUMMER 2008 BERTHA Revisited and More

(Above) Michael Kettenbach on a nice left.
Photo by Mike's dad.

(Above) Bertha week. Seth Bilodeau
Photo by Dan OBrien

(Above) Seth Bilodeau Bertha.
Photo by Dan OBrien

(Above) Little slashing going on here. Seth laying it down for Bertha.
Photo by Dan OBrien

(Above) Gaetan gets a good one. Bertha.
Photo by Thierry Ciot.


(Above) Ian Frasch, Glassy foggy right. Bertha.
Photo by Laurie Meyer

(Above) Ian Frasch, Glassy hazy left. Bertha.
Photo by Laurie Meyer

(Above) James Frasch on a supre Glassy right. Bertha.
Photo by Laurie Meyer

(Above) Mr Dave, North of North Beach. Bertha.
Photo by James Frasch

(Above) This is Walker. He was born on June 15, 2007. One of our Surfer/photographers Kevin Doherty was
Walker's owner. Last year Kevin had major surgery on his shoulder and it kept him out of the water for a
long six months. Walker helped Kevin get through that down time as only a canine could. He loved his
master and brought him great joy. I shot some video of Walker during one of those Spring Swells.
On Friday July 25, 2008 Walker drowned in a tragic accident. Kevin was devastated. Only pet owners
understand what that loss is all about. Kevin we're so sorry for your loss. Walker... Rest In Peace.
Photo by Kevin Doherty

(Above) Anyone wishing to volunteer for this special day shoot me an email.
Thanks Ralph.
Ralph's Pic Of The Week

VIDEO by SFOD R. Fatello

(Above) CLICK ON Video (photo) Frame Grab of Mike Moran during a BERTHA session
Video Frame grab by R. Fatello SFOD

(Above) Wallcam shot.
Photo courtesy of John Budney

(Above) "...Picture yourself on a boat on a river with tangerine trees and marmalade skies..."
Lenny in the Sky with Diamonds.
Photo by Lenny Nichols

(Above) "...The Pond with Kalidescope eyes..."
Lenny in the Pond with Diamonds.
Photo by Lenny Nichols

(Above) OK I wouldn't normally run a piece of art after the Surf Art column unless it was something unique
and special. Well this is one. Hannah Vokey painted this Goofy footer and sent it to me this last week. It
was way beyond the deadline. But when I saw it, I sort of stopped dead in my tracks.. It's Mackey V. From
the April 08 session. I know it is because Ed O'Connell took the photo. Just put your cursor over the
painting to see Ed's photo. Pretty cool huh? This is a great painting, even if it's Max.
Painting by Hannah Vokey and Photo by Ed O"Connell

Today 2008 More Images from The Westies and Bernie Baker

(Above) Wally at Wallyland.
Photo courtesy of Wall

(Above) Wally paddles to Wallyland.
Photo courtesy of Wall

(Above) Wallyland line up.
Photo courtesy of Wall

(Above) Wallyland looks crowded. Lots of Wallys out there.
Photo courtesy of Wall

(Above) This is how you get to Wallyland.
Photo courtesy of Wall

(Above) Tony Szabo sent these "Locals Only" photos. Velvet Buck.
Photo courtesy of Tony

(Above) True locals taking a break from the surf.
Photo courtesy of Tony Szabo

(Above) Local Hampton NH boy Tom Woods on a beautiful left hander somewhere in Timor.
Photo courtesy of Tom Woods

(Above) Diego at Desert Point.
Photo courtesy of Tom Woods

(Above) David Gonsalves lip bounce.
Photo by Bernie Baker

(Above) Kaipo Jaquias power turn plus!
Photo by Bernie Baker

(Above) Under the crystal lip. Winner Flynn Novak
Photo by Bernie Baker

(Above) Jason Shibata looking at the spot he's gonna smack...right over Bernie's head.
Photo by Bernie Baker

(Above) Flynn knows how to get in the barrel. Head high and hollow.
Photo by Bernie Baker

(Above) Kaipo Jaquias perfect power carve.
Photo by Bernie Baker

Today 2008 PARTING SHOT-" Manny being Manny"

Above) Manny we loved you, but could not put up with your wacky antics. Thanks for the two World Series
rings... we could not have done it without you. Don't let the door hit you on the way out to La la land.
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