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December 2nd, 2018 The RUN is 1 out of 1 Weeks.
Waist high or better at least once a week.

There were INSANE waves Last Week! Sunday-Wednesday!

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Click on Archives link to see all the past Blogs and pics.
The Start of the Holiday Season. Best Swell of November. And Saying Goodbye to President George H. Bush. And Curiosity Lands On Mars.  



I want to thank those of you who reached out to me after last week's Blog. Appraently that particular subject struck a nerve with a lot of you. I'm not the least bit surprised. Addiction knows no boundaries. It strikes us all. Rich, poor, successful and failures. It makes no difference. Once it has you, there are only two options. Lay down and surrender, or get up and fight it. The only downside of last week's Blog was, there was so much traffic to my site that the whole thing crashed. I apologize for that.

But I have no control over the traffic and the servers that host this site. So if you are actually reading this, you have found us again. Because of this moment going forward (hopefully not for long) this is the new URL to get to this Blog. I suggest you copy and paste it and save it somewhere. And if you wouldn't mind, please let others know as well. Because unless you know me personally and are NOT on social media you won't be able to find the Blog. But for the time being this works.

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That swell last week? The last Swell of a November To Remember was one for the record books. TUESDAY NOVEMBER 27th, 2018. That shall now be known as TITANIC TUESDAY. Holy Moly Batman! Just when I thought I'd seen it all, the Swell on Tuesday 11-27-18 changed everything.



Oh how the ocean was in full froth and roll. I mean it went from out of control monster surf with near death conditions for a few dimwitted kooks to some of the most impressive barrel riding I have ever recorded.


This place is notorious for this frothy like milkshake looking substance. I can't imagine it's healthy for you. Still, that never seems to be a deterrment to those hearty warriors who want what's happening a short distance from the shore line. I have to admit, it makes for good video. And it seems the last few swells have had more than a few batches of this stuff cooking on the shoreline.

*Note to self. Keep my mouth shut when walking through this stuff.

I don't normally look for oddballs when the surf is pumping. However, for some unexplainable reason, they seem to find me. Like this guy. He cam walking up to me while I was shooting two friends (Stevie and Kai) and he asked me if they were getting any waves. I told him that they were. And then he stopped in front of me showed me his board and said "It's a Soft Top." I smiled and looked to see if he was busting my chops and then answered "I know what it is Jamie." (*If you're not a surfer, You need to Google Jamie O'Bien.) That joke went sailing over his head. Then he said "I don't like to use my real boards when I'm surfing over rocks." To which I answered "I hear you JOB."
Again, the joke went over his head. It was then that I realized his ability and status among the local crew. He was a borderline Kook.

I suppose I could have tipped him off that he was heading out into less than desirable conditions, let alone the WRONG entry spot. But the filmmaker in me kept me from doing that. After all, I have the responsibility to my surf friends to record such situations. They demand it and I supply it. Comedy goes hand in hand with this lifestyle. And I relish in it when it presents itself.



Suffice it to say. This was not pretty. Though, he jad a point on using the Soft top becvause that board took a serious beating on those rocks. I never caught his name but I do want to thank him for the comic relief.



The surf eventually cleaned up and there were some gems to be had. The video I shot should be available later this coming week. Until then enjoy the galleries I'm posting in this week's Blog.



And just like that, it was Christmas. Or rather the Christmas season. And the local Town Kick-Off to the Holiday season is our annual Christmas parade. It went from the "Christmas Parade" to the "Holiday Parade" and then back to the "Christmas Parade." I guess the powers that be got fed up with the national political correctness police and decided enough was enough. So it is back to being what it was meant to be. A Christmas Parade. Nobody was offended. And nobody got hurt. Unless of course you were hit by flying candy. And there were a few incidents when some kid wasn't paying attention and got a face full of tootsie rolls. But nothing serious. Maybe a chipped tooth or two, but no stitches were required.



And this year's GRAND MARSHALL was the Hampton Beach Lifeguards. I thought that was a good idea. Though I admit I got a little annoyed hearing that whistle blasted and the guard waving his Life Saving gear to the crowds. As a surfer, that always meant to "move over to the surf area" but alas, it was all in good fun. Speaking of fun. Back in 2006 yours truly was the GRAND MARSHALL of the Christmas parade. That year my late dear friend George Masten drove me in a military style JEEP.



That was one of the mini highlights in my life. I can remember calling my mother who was in a nursing home on my cell phone, and trying to explain to her that I was in a parade and that I was the Grand Marshall. But she was too confused to understand what I was saying. Still, that was a fond memory.

These days, I stand on the sideline with my wife, daughter, and grandchildren and wave and clap as my fellow veterans march by.



Mike Edgar, Fred Rice, and Chris Nevins from the AMERICAN LEGION
POST 35 in Hampton, NH. Maybe one of these years I'll march with them again so my grandkids can see me. The only problem with marching in the parade is you miss the entire parade being in the parade. Oh well.

"Surfing, Christmas, Love, and Laughter Heals All Wounds."



 

 



This week's ED's Corner pic is a common line-up shot that both Ed and I are fond of. There's always a shot to be taken when it's decent size and the winds are favorable. This December day was one of those kind of days. Photo by Ed O'Connell
*Click the photo above to see a larger version of Ed's Pic.

Now for Some Local, National and International News
The world has lost a true American hero with the passing of our 41st president Geoge H. Bush. President Bush passed away on Friday November 30th, 2018 at the age of 94. Just seven months after the passing of his wife Barbara. I guess its true about spouses who have been together for such a longtime to follow one another through death's door when one leaves before the other. To me, that's the ultimate Love Story Ending. Til death do us part. They are together again.

This man was a man of integrity. He was a bona fide war hero who was shot down in WWII in the South Pacific. There were 8 others who were shot down that mission and they were all executed by the Japanese. Bush was saved by a Submarine in the area. That's heroic stuff. There has not been a single president since 41 who has actually expereinced combat in a war.

He was the last of the great generation of living presidents.



I can't believe how cruel some people can be who are not inline with his politics. The lack of respect I've witnessed on social media from those on the exrreme left have been embarrassing. You can't wait 24 hours after his passing to start with the awful degrading comments. This man has done more for our country than 90% of those who have written negative comments. I suppose it's a sign of the times. I will say, that I'm ashamed of some of the comments I've read. Especially by some I considered decent human beings. REST IN PEACE Sir, you've served our country well.

Now to something not human. Though it was built by humans.



The latest Mars Rover "CURIOSITY" and an actual "selfie" taken by the robotic land rover. Pretty cool stuff when you stop and think about how this craft was designed, built, launched, and landed on Mars. Whoa. And check this out.



CURIOSITY found this metallic looking shiny rock. I'm going to go out on a limb here and say, I don't believe we have anything quite like this on earth.

KSM Photoshop of the Week
What I do know is we don't have anything quite like this on Mars.
How the hell did KSM get on Mars? wait enevermind, I remember now. I did this in photoshop. And I did it becvause it makies me laugh. And I'm hoping that if it makes ma laugh that it also makes you laugh.



And so my friends,
please take advantage of this weekly photo shop of the mastermind who planned 9-11 and resulted in the deaths of 3,000 innocent civilians by KSM (Khalid Sheik Mohammed).

*Note to self -must pick up a case of MARS candy bars at Home Depot this week.



The DVD's ARE IN! We are taking orders via email. The much awaited All Women Surf Movie of the ladies and girls of the Northeast will be available at all the local surf shops this week and Online. To order yours just send me an email. ralph@adlantic.com or send a check for $20.00
made out to ADLANTIC and send it here:

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REST IN PEACE President George H. Bush
REST IN PEACE JR.
CONGRATS to Ali and John Barazza (Savastano)
on the birth of baby boy Callan!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY FRANK GRONDIN December 7th, 2018!

GREAT Stocking Stuffer Gift Idea! Honestly? Don't waste your money. This will more then likely scare the kids.



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All PHOTOS BELOW SHOT THIS WEEK *Unless otherwise noted.  
Today- TITANIC TUESDAY SWELL November 27th, 2018. Photos by RALPH  



(Above) The Howling winds and the moving currents made for some
interesting surf sessions. Tuesday November 27th, 2018.

Photo by RALPH
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(Above) The chemical looking foam on the beaches. Don't put that in your mouth! Tuesday November 27th, 2018.
Photo by RALPH
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(Above) The darkness in the early afternoon gave some of the riders some serious hesistation. Tuesday November 27th, 2018.
Photo by RALPH
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(Above) This is easily a 10 foot face. And as you can clearly see, it was
rather hollow. Tuesday November 27th, 2018.

Photo by RALPH
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(Above) This stuff was swirling around in the air making it look like some demented version of the wizard of OZ. Tuesday November 27th, 2018.
Photo by RALPH
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(Above)
The boys looking concerned. Tuesday November 27th, 2018.
Photo by RALPH
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(Above) The exact spot my vehicle was parked only minutes before.
Tuesday November 27th, 2018.

Photo by RALPH
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(Above) The winds finally switched around 2:30 PM.
Tuesday November 27th, 2018.
Photo by RALPH
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(Above)
Though there was still some sickness that needed to clean up.
Tuesday November 27th, 2018.
Photo by RALPH
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(Above) She did clean up nicely for those who stuck it out.
Tuesday November 27th, 2018.
Photo by RALPH
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(Above) The boys finally cracked it and paddled out and scored. Colby
on an inside runner. Tuesday November 27th, 2018.
Photo by RALPH
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(Above) The waves were incredible. Barrels on almost every single wave if you had the gumption to stall and pull in. Tuesday November 27th, 2018.
Photo by RALPH
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(Above) Weston Rogers with his eyes on the prize.
Tuesday November 27th, 2018.
Photo by RALPH
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(Above) Colby under the lip and in 5th gear. Tuesday November 27th, 2018. Photo by RALPH *Click on the photo above to see the whole gallery




(Above) Pev picked off a nice one with a tapered shoulder.
Tuesday November 27th, 2018.

Photo by RALPH
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(Above) About to enter the forbidden zone. Tuesday November 27th, 2018. Photo by RALPH *Click on the photo above to see the whole gallery
















North Conway's Family Mountain



Southern New Hampshire's Favorite Mountain



Ski All Day and into The Night




(Above) Look at that inside wave. Tuesday November 27th, 2018.
Photo by RALPH *Click on the photo above to see the whole gallery




(Above) Detonating on the inside bar. Tuesday November 27th, 2018.
Photo by RALPH *Click on the photo above to see the whole gallery









Victoria is featured in the new GRANITE GIRLS Movie





(Above) Ryan Jackson slipping through the inside section.
Tuesday November 27th, 2018.
Photo by RALPH
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(Above) The last pic I shot that afternoon. Tuesday November 27th, 2018.
Photo by RALPH
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Today- THE NEXT DAY Wednesday November 28th, 2018.
Photos by RALPH




(Above) The sunrise the next morning was beautiful.
Wednesday November 28th, 2018.

Photo by RALPH
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(Above) The golden sun reflections on the waves were so pretty.
Wednesday November 28th, 2018.
Photo by RALPH
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(Above) They were still hollow and there was still some size left.
Wednesday November 28th, 2018.
Photo by RALPH
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(Above)
This was almost working. Wednesday November 28th, 2018.
Photo by RALPH *Click on the photo above to see the whole gallery




(Above) According to his friend Bryon, he's only been doing this
for a few years. But he's stoked as anyone else out there.
Wednesday November 28th, 2018.
Photo by RALPH
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CLOSED FOR THE SEASON.
Thanks again for another Great Year!
SEE YOU IN THE SPRING!
















(Above) Two lifelong friends Bobby Morgan and Johnny Meehan share a set together. Wednesday November 28th, 2018. Photo by RALPH
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(Above) Bobby always had a nose for the barrel.
Wednesday November 28th, 2018.
Photo by RALPH
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(Above) This is not Sam Elliott. This is not a Cartel member. This is not a Longshoreman. This is Markey J and he's making sure you understand the rules. Wednesday November 28th, 2018. Photo by RALPH
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(Above) Mr Robert Morgan on a nice runner at Lumpy's Lefts.
Wednesday November 28th, 2018.
Photo by RALPH
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(Above) My friend Brian loves this spot. Wednesday November 28th, 2018. Photo by RALPH *Click on the photo above to see the whole gallery



(Above) This wave is such a lonely wave. Swell after swell nobody wants her.
Wednesday November 28th, 2018.
Photo by RALPH
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(Above) The pulled back view of the buddy sesh.
Wednesday November 28th, 2018.
Photo by RALPH
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(Above) Why if it isn't that rascal Bobby Morgan again slotted on another Lumpy Left. Wednesday November 28th, 2018. Photo by RALPH
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(Above) He only went right at Lumpy's this day. Peuliar? Perhaps. But from
what I heard he wanted to let his friends have all the lefts at Lumpys.

Wednesday November 28th, 2018.
Photo by RALPH
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(Above)
This is Markey J on the wave of the day.
Wednesday November 28th, 2018.
Photo by RALPH
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Today- THE ANNUAL CHRISTMAS PARADE
December 2nd, 2018.
Photos by RALPH




(Above)
This is the same Red wagon that we used to pull their mom, uncle,
and Auntie in so many years ago.
December 2nd
, 2018. Photo by RALPH
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(Above) Pete and Noelle with little Avery. Brylee is hidden behind them. December 2nd, 2018. Photo by RALPH
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(Above) The smile on a child at the Xmas Parade is something I'll never
tire of.
December 2nd
, 2018. Photo by RALPH
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(Above) I want this suit. December 2nd, 2018. Photo by RALPH
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(Above) And there they were. Mr and Mrs Claus. Tis The season!
December 2nd
, 2018. Photo by RALPH
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(Above) From my buddy from down under (the Mass border).
November 28th, 2018.
Photo by Jeff Crawford
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(Above) This is a pic that Shep Kroner shot from up north. We're getting rain and they're getting all snow. November 28th, 2018. Photo by Shep Kroner
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CLICK ON THE PLAY BUTTON on each clip to view videos

FIRST SNOW November 16th, 2018 from Ralph's Pic Of The Week on Vimeo

Our first snow of the season brought some significant surf. The first surfer you see is Kainalu Nichols. I'm calling that wave "triple overhead". Watch it and tell me I'm wrong. Other surfers worth mentioning are Peter Stokes who is 69.5 years old. He's almost 70! Hell yeah Peter! Joel Feid is the Goofy foot getting all the bombs. There's Johnny Meehan, Lars Hamilton, Pev, and Kody Grondin (who gets dropped in on). The music is once again by my old band SEMPER FI. We only did one cover song and this was it. GIMMEE SHELTER. My drummer Eric Carrington Brown did his best impersonation of soul singer Merry Clayton's iconic track on the original Stones recording. Any way, it's just another swell here in New England. Hope you like it.


243rd USMC BIRTHDAY SWELL from Ralph's Pic Of The Week on Vimeo.

A day none of us will ever forget. November 10th, 2018. The 243rd United States Marine Corps Birthday (it's a Marine thing, you wouldn't understand). We had one of the most powerful swells to ever hit this coast. The footage I shot was intense, exhilarating, frightening, and downright beautiful. All the players had their moments. Both good and bad. Max broke two boards in half. Back to back, he broke two boards completely in half. Jared had his leash wrapped around both of his legs and thought he was going to drown. Kai had his board tomb stoning as I filmed him. *I thought it was horrific. I felt helpless. He later told me that he kept trying to push off the bottom but he was being held down. Others had similar experiences. Kody, Jake, Ryan, Tom, Chad and Luke. They all got bitched slapped and they all scored some insane waves. 
The music is by my old band SEMPER FI. Those of you in the know, are familiar with those Latin words. It's the Marine Corps motto meaning "Always Faithful". What a lot of you don't know is, I started SEMPER FI in the early 80's. I had been playing with my other band "VINNY" with my brother Johnny since 1976. But I was growing out of that whole style of music, and quite frankly, the war (Vietnam) had started to catch up to me. I was dealing with a lot of baggage back then and I guess I was trying to suppress those feelings. Like a lot of musicians, I was able to write songs about my feelings and that's what SEMPER FI was all about. Honestly? Some people will mistake some of those songs as patriotic, but they were in all actuality, protest songs. I felt betrayed by our country. I think a lot of us did. But the whole concept of SEMPER FI (Always Faithful) was that I was Faithful to my country. Faithful in love. And Faithful to my music. 
Surprisingly, these songs hold up for being 34 years old, and they work well with this video. My dear friend and record producer David Robinson of The CARS produced these songs. And my late friend Thom Moore engineered them at Synchro Sound Studios in Boston, MA. 
Any way, the real stars of this movie are not the surfers, or the music, it's the waves. Look at these incredible waves. It was a One day Swell. But it was memorable.
HAPPY 243rd BIRTHDAY MARINES!


NOR'EASTER 10-28-18 from Ralph's Pic Of The Week on Vimeo.

Sunday October 28th, 2018 was a significant day for me and my fellow New Englanders. For starters, it was my late mother's birthday. She would have turned 91 had she beat cancer back in 2007. It was also the day the Boston Red Sox won the world series. But honestly, it was our first REAL NOR'EASTER of the Fall. And she did not disappoint us. The Dark grayish brown barrels are the real visual treats in this clip. And the music is from my old band THE NOR'EASTER from 1990. The surfers in this clip put on a heroic show considering the death defying conditions. They are: Jared Veltsos, Jake Davidson, Kody Grondin, Max Fatello, Brian BMO Morse, and some Jersey guy.
Hope you like it. *My brother Johnny plays a hell of a solo in BLOW U DOWN and I play the solo in CROSS THAT BRIDGE. The EASTERS still kick ass!

OLD DOGS NEW PUPS from Ralph's Pic Of The Week on Vimeo.

This was filmed on Saturday October 6th and Sunday October 7th, 2018 in Northern New England.
The Surfers that I can remember are: Perry Reynolds, Mike Stanek, Jake Davidson, Phil Carey, Crowley Gentile, DJ, Jared Veltsos, Ryan Jackson, Tom Hay, Max Fatello, Matt Colby, Kyle Linseman, Nick "Pev" Pervada, Lars Hamilton, and a few four legged canines like Pancakes. Music is by JMH.


SATURDAY from Ralph's Pic Of The Week on Vimeo.

Shot in 3 days in NH. September 29th, 30th, and October 3rd, 2018.
Usual suspects are the riders. Used one song by 4 various artists. That's a first for me. I know this is longer than the typical 1 to 3 minute web edit, but there were so many good waves and so many of my friends surfing that I had to bend the rules a little bit. Hey just deal with it.

I promise social media will still be there when you're done watching this.

 

 

 


















(Above)
ALL RISE: The 10th Street District Court Of Surf is Now in Session.

The Honorable Judge RALPH presiding. CASE #499
BLATANT DROP IN OF THE WEEK- Click the image above to see the outcome of this Surf Crime and the
Verdict that was rendered.
Photo by RALPH

* Click on the photo above to see the OUTCOME.




Today looks good


Oh well, it's better than nothing!
 
This is what happens when you get caught doing something stupid.
You end up here.
 
 

December 2nd, 2018
"I reached to take his hand, but he refused to leave the innards of this wave!"



(Above) Gott give this guy credit. I could lie and tell you he made it. But that would be a lie. He didn't. He got worked. Photo by RALPH

 




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