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*GROOVEMASTERS Released on December 26th.

December 28th, 2008

This is it folks. The last week of 2008. Whew! What a year. Lots of things happening around the Globe these past 12 months, some of them affecting us, and some not. One thing's for sure, we had some good surf here in New England. Some powerful Winter Swells. Some solid Spring swells. Some memorable Summer swells and finally some really good Fall waves.

In short, I think 2008 will go down as one of the most consistent years for surf in our New England History of Surfing. I don't know how many of you keep a yearly journal, but I'd be curious to see where we stack up over the last 4 know, since the early to mid 60's. If you know, let me know.

*Next week, I'm doing the Year in Review column. If you have a favorite photo from this Ralph's Pic of the Week column from 2008 let me know. Otherwise I'll be posting what I feel is the best of each month.
That's all coming next week.

We had some wacky weather too.

Like today. It's close to 65 degrees outside my office window. I kid you not. After all that snow and ice, we're now experiencing, some ridiculously warm weather. Dammit, that Al Gore was right. We're in the midst of some kind of a Global warming mayhem.

I can get used to 65 degrees in late December though.

I know it's not exactly snowboard weather either. Tho' lots of my peeps been 'getting some' with them early snowfalls. Conditions after that last storm, were all time. You just gotta get motivated, and switch gears. Surf to snow. And vice versa. It's not that hard people.

Besides who among us really think the weather's gonna stay this warm for long? Not me. And neither should you. If you do, kindly raise you r hand so I can bitch slap you with a cold wet mitten. Dumb ass. This is Winter. And we're living in New England.

Most of you live in Northern New England.

You're not gonna get roped into some false sense of weather nirvana with a couple of freak warm days. It's coming my brothers and sisters. The coldest of cold days, will be upon us again. As sure as I write this.

My Westie buddies recently experienced some of the coldest weather conditions of their lives. How cold was it? Well, in defense of these normal "woose assess" it was chilly. 35 degrees. Look that's cold. But you and I have lived through 35 below with windchill factors in the death range. But to hear them talk about the cold snap, you would of thought, they were all gonna die out there.

Come on boys! Snap out of it.

There's cold and then there's New England cold. 35 degrees? That's still borderline t-shirt weather for some of us. When the temps drop into single digits and lower...well, now you're talking cold. Not some chilly little 35 degree day. And speaking of Westies overreacting to the cold.

Me and my local friends always crack up at the wetsuit look these guys wear. Hoods, with NO boots or gloves. Say what? Dudes...the hood is the last thing we put on. Why you guys wear hoods, with no boots or gloves is a mystery to us. And please don't try and give us, some kind of West Coast, logical explanation as to why you don the beanies, but not the boots or gloves.

Cuz let me tell you.

If the water is warm enough to not wear boots, or's plenty warm enough, not to wear a dam hoodie. There's a bunch of names for guys like I have to list them here for you? I didn't think so.

Suck it up and take them dam hoods off.

So I trust you all had a nice Holiday season. Chanukah, Christmas...Kwanza...whatever it is you celebrate. I hope it was nice. I had to deal with my cousin's funeral on Christmas Eve. I wrote and read the Eulogy. It was sad. There's nothing good about losing someone that young. Especially at the holidays.

We all got through it...again. It does seem like my family has suffered some multiple losses in the last 5 or so years. Enough already. I don't want to be known as the Eulogy guy in the family. "Call Ralph, he'll write the Eulogy and read it at the Funeral." I really don't want to be that guy. Although, I don't mind helping my family out. And the way I figure it, if no one else will do it, or can't do it. I will. I'll step up and help tell that family member's story. In fact, this last Eulogy got me thinking.

Who would I want to read my Eulogy if I were to have a sudden departure from the planet? The more I thought about it, the more I realized who should write and read it.

Who's that person?

Why it would be none other than...Me. Myself.

Why the hell not? How will I do it? Easy. I'll video tape myself doing my own Eulogy. That would be a first. Me up on the big screen, at the church telling my own personal story. This way, I won't leave anything, or anyone out. I'll keep it upbeat, for the most part. After all, there's a lot to cover. It can't all be good.

But I do plan on slamming a few of those who need to be slammed. You know, a little poetic payback. It will be entertaining...some music, some joke telling (Jimmy I hope to book you for that night), some artists, Veterans, family, friends, pets, lots of surfers...and whoever else wants a free meal and show.

"Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today... to pay our respects, to one of our"






The day after Christmas I released my first ever all Longboard movie, GROOVEMASTERS. It's my second movie in less than 2 weeks. I'm very happy with the results. The surfing is good and the music is even better. It's short (in length), only 35 minutes long. I know that a lot of you are longboarders. So this movie would be a great addition to your Surf DVD collection.

Because I am both a shortboarder and a longboarder I feel that I can speak with some authority on both. And speaking with Mike Moran the other day, we both agreed that the traditional "Old School" longboarder must be able to cross step to and from the nose.

In other words, if you cross step to the nose, you must be able to cross step back. Otherwise you are one of the many longboarders who basically just stand in a certain spot on the board and go with the flow. Not that there's anything at all wrong with that. There is not. In fact, I fall into that category myself. I can crosstsep to the nose and crosstsep back. But for the most part, I shuffle to the nose and shuffle back. That's not really "Traditional longboarding."

It's fun surfing, but not the old school walking the nose surfing. And honestly, there are not many who surf on a longboard that way. Around here any ways. There are those who do it on a regular basis and they are: Mike Moran, Billy Ritchie, Lenny Nichols,Bob McNeil, Kevin Grondin, Jacko Keefe, Stevie O'Hara, MIke Zappy Paugh, Jay Gould, Bobby Morgan, and a handful of others from the last two surfer generations. Then there are some younger surfers who ride in that traditional style and they are...Kyle Linsman, Jared Velstos, the Petty brothers from Maine, Mitch Repucci and a handful of others.

Look I know I left some people out who surf in that traditional style .I can't name them all. Then there are those who ride a longboard like they ride a shortboard. Adam Coates comes to mind as do a whole other bunch of wildmen and women who do not adhere to the traditions, but surf in a total abandoned, radical style.

Then there are those like me, who are just into the "Glide". And there are too many of you to name. You know who you are. You surf because it's fun. You don't walk the nose or do helicopter360's on a longboard. You just want to have fun. Like me. And this movie "Groovemasters" is for all of you. The traditional longboader, the radical longboarder and the laid back longboarder. There's something for everyone here.

GrooveMasters is in the SHOPS! Right next to the SFOD short board movie GREETING SEASONS. Thanks for all the positive feedback on both movies. It's been fun making them

Now for some casual observances from last week.

Hamas has been firing rockets on Israel for about two weeks now. Israel told them to stop. They didn't. Now Israel has unleashed a Holy Hell on HAMAS that has shaken them to the core. Over 300 dead in two days and 800 wounded in GAZA. Terrorists suck. And the one's responsible for this attack, are right where they need to be. Burning in hell. Speaking of Terrorists. US and coalition forces killed a bunch of Terrorists this week in IRAQ and Afghanistan. Those scumbags have joined their brothers in the same burning hell.

Speaking of scumbags...that dude who dressed up as Santa Claus in California and killed 9 people at his ex-wife's home? There is evil and then there is ultra evil. That clown didn't count on his Santa outfit catching fire and spoiled his own plans for escape.
He too is in a burning hell.

Finally...the sad story of our New England Patriots.
The Patriots won today beating Buffalo 13-0 in a strange windy weird game. Their final tally was 11-5...but they did not make the Play-Offs. They needed the JETS to win or the Ravens to lose. Depending on the JETS to beat a team for you to advance is like having the Yankees needing to beat a team for you to advance. It's not gonna happen bucky.

That stuff does not fly in our neck of the woods. We should of beat the JETS during the last time we played them. Matt Casell did an amazing job this season. I'm gonna miss him. Oh yea, he's gonna get paid next year and he deserves it. Thanks for a fun ride Matt.

Now we root for the Miami DOLPHINS. And right now, they look good. I told Lenny Nichols earlier in the season that Chad Pennington is a Great Quarterback. And he is. Now Chad and company will represent the AFC East next week. Let's root for the Dolphins!

And how about the Celtics? 19 consecutive wins. And the Bruins have 7 consecutive wins!

Don't forget "GREETING SEASONS" and "Groovemasters" are in the shops!

There's still time to score one of Brian Nevins's canvas print orders. See samples at Cinnamon Rainbows and KB's Bagels. It's by order only as the pricing fluctuates but you can order any photo that he's taken off his website or this site to print.
Brian Nevins 949.295.9390

Kevin Doherty has a 2009 Calender in the Shops that features all of New England. Check it out!

Please Support ALL The photographers who contribute to Ralph's Pic Of The Week Especially: Ed O'Connell, John Carden, Brian Nevins, Bernie Baker, Jamie Wade, Kevin Doherty, Lenny Nichols, Chris Shipley, The Phantom, Ross Kunkel, Bob Consentino, and Chris Thompson and all the others who submit photos to this site.

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HAPPY New Year TO ALL OF YOU! May The Spirit of this Holiday season bring you peace and joy. God Bless.

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


*GROOVEMASTERS Released on December 26th.


Yesterday- 1987 The Wave Remains The Same
(Below) Hanalei Bay in Kaui. That's the Sheraton Hotel in the background. This was taken the same night
I surfed with Joey Cabell...that's right. Just Joey and me at Hanalei Bay October 1987.
Photo by R. G. Fatello SFOD

2008 Today This Week in New England, 2008

(Above) Sea smoke. One of those rare natural phenomena's here in New England. Mr. Nevins captures the
moment on an early sunrise morning this last week.
Photo by Brian Nevins

(Above) The JUST released GROOVEMASTERS at Cinnamon Rainbows the day after Christmas with Ralph,
Crop, and Mike Moran. *Note Mike Moran helping himself to an extra copy of the new SFOD DVD.
Photo by Ed O'Connell

(Above) Our Snow home. This photo was taken at 7:00AM on Monday December 22nd. Winter Had Arrived
the night before. *See the Pine trees over the garage? They snapped off at the tops. Today December 28th it
was 65 degrees. Has Spring arrived? Most of this snow is gone.
Photo by R. Fatello SFOD

(Above) Greeting Seasons Holiday Party at SECRET SPOT.
Photo by R. Fatello SFOD

(Above) The unauthorized showing of Greeting Seasons at SECRET SPOT.
Photo by R. Fatello SFOD

(Above) "Greeting Seasons" Holiday Party scene at SECRET SPOT.
Photo by R. Fatello SFOD

(Above) Some late 2008 Leftovers from Ed O'Connell. Nate in Blue.
Photo by Ed O'Connell

(Above) Blue backsider. Late 2008.
Photo by Ed O'Connell

(Above) this guy in GROOVEMASTERS? Maybe... Late 2008.
Photo by Ed O'Connell

(Above) Lefty this guy in GROOVEMASTERS? Quite possible.
Photo by Ed O'Connell

(Above) Wheeling Orange cutty. Late 2008.
Photo by Ed O'Connell

(Above) Hawaiian Longboarder styling in late 2008.
Photo by Ed O'Connell

(Above) MVF last contest of 2008.
Photo by Ed O'Connell

(Above) Perry Reynolds late 2008 backside turn.
Photo by Ed O'Connell

(Above) Nate in late November. Photo by Ed O'Connell

(Above) Checking out your own cutback...priceless.
Photo by Ed O'Connell

(Above) Jared Velstos one last lip bang in late 2008.
Photo by Ed O'Connell

(Above) Mark Henschke, when days were warmer.
Photo by Rene Mallen

(Above) Lenny Nichols sent these in. Black and White Christmas scenes.
Photo by Lenny Nichols

(Above) Black and White Christmas ocean.
Photo by Lenny Nichols

(Above) Nichols family Christmas portrait. Merry Christmas!
Photo by Lenny Nichols

(Above) Bill Morrissey shot this sequence. Shot # 1 December 13th, 2008.
Photo by Bill Morrissey

(Above) Shot # 2 December 13th, 2008.
Photo by Bill Morrissey

(Above) Shot # 3 December 13th, 2008.
Photo by Bill Morrissey

(Above) Shot # 4 December 13th, 2008.
Photo by Bill Morrissey

(Above) Shot # 5 December 13th, 2008.
Photo by Bill Morrissey

(Above) Shot # 6 December 13th, 2008.
Photo by Bill Morrissey

(Above) Another wave, another barrel. December 13th, 2008.
Photo by Bill Morrissey

(Above) Sling shot move. December 13th, 2008.
Photo by Bill Morrissey

(Above) This looks doubtful...but then again, maybe he made it. December 13th, 2008.
Photo by Bill Morrissey

(Above) Nice tight fit in this hollow hole. December 13th, 2008.
Photo by Bill Morrissey

(Above) What a perfect set-up. December 13th, 2008.
Photo by Bill Morrissey

(Above) Such a clean looking day. December 13th, 2008.
Photo by Bill Morrissey

(Above) If you like getting pitted...this was a day for you. December 13th, 2008.
Photo by Bill Morrissey

(Above) If you like launching airs...this was also a day for you. December 13th, 2008.
Photo by Bill Morrissey

(Above) ...or if you like snapping a cutty in the hook. This would of been a fun day for you. December 13th, 2008.
Photo by Bill Morrissey

(Above) You don't have to face the wave to have fun. December 13th, 2008.
Photo by Bill Morrissey

(Above) Meanwhile down the street at that other spot... December 13th, 2008.
Photo by Bill Morrissey

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VIDEO by SFOD R. Fatello

(Above) CLICK ON Video (photo) Frame Grab of Mike Moran from GrooveMasterS for the NEW SFOD
Movie trailer. Video Frame grab by R. Fatello SFOD

2008 Today-Last Week in California-2008


(Above) Ex New Englander Tony Szabo sent these in from Christmas Day. Looks windy but nice Tony.
Kind of like that spot you and I used to surf...
Photo courtesy of Tony Szabo

(Above) Christmas Day in California.
Photo courtesy of Tony Szabo

(Above) Christmas Day lefts in California.
Photo courtesy of Tony Szabo

(Above) Christmas Day Rainbow and Elk in California.
Photo courtesy of Tony Szabo

(Above) OK the Phantom couldn't wait to send these to me. In fact, he sent them twice. Actually, these came
in at four times this size. I don't know if Ole Phantom was trying to really rub it in or he just plum forgot the size.
In either case, feast your eyes on this bowling righthander.
Photo courtesy of the Phantom

(Above) What say you Phantom? Should I wear my Hood with No boots and gloves? Just to piss them
dam Easties off? Or should I forego the hood? *Keep in mind...this was from that FREEZING morning my
buddies were complaining about. Ha!
Photo courtesy of the Phantom

(Above) Look at this wave. What would you do to get a piece of this? Lie to your boss? Your wife? Your
Girlfriend? Your boyfriend? Husband? What would you do to make this happen? I'll tell you what you do.
You become a Phantom follower and you work your ass off to earn the right to ride with his crew. Or you
just stare at this photo like the rest of us sorry asses.
Photo courtesy of the Phantom

(Above) Momma...can I play with Phantom today?? Dam look at that wave winking back at me...
that wave wants me. I'm coming Phantom...I'm coming back out!
Photo courtesy of the Phantom

(Above) All kinds of water crafts showing up to score these December beauties.
Photo courtesy of the Phantom

(Above) I can see me and my new board slipping under that pitching lip and the Phantom snapping the pic
for you all to see. And I'll write a snide little caption to make you all want to kill me. All in good fun of course.
Photo courtesy of the Phantom

(Above) Phantom provisions.
Photo courtesy of the Phantom

(Above) Oh oh. Civilians with Motor Vehicles on the beach. This could get dicey.
Photo courtesy of the Phantom

(Above) Dreaming of these December beauties is what keeps the Phantom and his band of merry followers
constantly planning and plotting each mission.
Photo courtesy of the Phantom

(Above) Nice setup and view.
Photo courtesy of the Phantom

(Above) What? You can't paddle back out? Check out the Hood.
Photo courtesy of the Phantom

(Above) Again, what would you do to sample this wave?
Photo courtesy of the Phantom

(Above) Tom (matching the Red Board of Length) smiles before hitting the Cashews.
Photo courtesy of the Phantom

(Above) Sometimes the Phantom lowers his standards and allows the Swizzle stick rider to come aboard.
Photo courtesy of the Phantom

(Above) Especially if the swizzle stick rider can stuff his ass in one of these December Beauties. "OK kid
you can ride in with us...just keep yer dam stoked hoots to yer self!"
Photo courtesy of the Phantom

(Above) Look at this photo before you go to bed tonight and think about it when you wake up in the morning.
That's what The Phantom and his crew does every time they score days like this. Bastards.
Photo courtesy of the Phantom


Today 2008 PARTING SHOT- "Excuse me Mr. Phantom? Have you seen my elderly uncle who was fishing off the Pier?"

(Above) Fishing lines in the Phantom's prop.
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