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December 7th, 2008

Today is Sunday, December 7th. On this day, back in 1941, on a clear, blue sky, Sunday morning, the world would change forever. By 7:30AM on Oahu, Hawaii our nation, was deliberately attacked by the empire of Japan, without warning, as our men and women, slept onboard those big NAVY ships, that were stationed at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

It was a quiet, calm, Sunday morning. Before the last Japanese plane left, almost two thousand Americans would be dead. The next four years, saw over 400,000 Americans killed in WWII. That's almost a half a million lives. Imagine that? They were estimating over 1,000,000 casualties (KILLED IN ACTION) if we had to invade the mainland of Japan. Two atomic bombs stopped that from happening.

That all happened today...67 years ago.

Every year, around this time, it happens. What's that you ask? Well, the shift in ocean storms. Or to be more specific, the shift from our beloved and cherished New England coast to the far out West Coast. And the shift of which I write is the awakening of those large Aleutian storms that produce those death defying heroics of the now infamous Mav riders, all the way down to the joy riders at Trestles. The West Coast wakes up, and so starts the bidding. "Who wants a piece of me?" Ole Westie Mother Ocean beckons. You want some of this bitches? And dammit, if some of those boys and girls don't hedge an inch and answer a resounding..."We Do!"

And so it begins. The Big Wave season.

The phones start ringing, usually my office line, and then the cell. My buddies start calling. Hell, even the Dam Phantom called. (See below) Then come the inevitable emails. Oh yea. And I have to sit here and listen, and take it all. Not that I am jealous of some wacked Mavericks Steroid wave. Hardly. I want no part of that shit. I've said it many times before. I am not a BIG Wave surfer. I have been out in Big Waves, but I am NOT a Big Wave surfer. I want no part of it. I'm not comfortable in Big Surf. Shit, that's an understatement.

I am VERY Uncomfortable in Big Surf. I look at the photos, and the video clips, and shudder at the thought. How do they do it? I ask myself. Why would they do it? Well, I know why. The rush. The thrill. The same rush and thrill we get, in surfing our waves, only 10 times the potency. There's a photo on the inside page of the new Surfers Journal that just scares the snot out of me. It's Peter Mel with just his head above water, facing a wall of whitewater, that looks absolutely terrifying. Have you seen it?

No thank you.

But, there are some spots out west, that do deserve a second look and more. The latter being, the jealous sighs. I see what they get, and I know what we're all facing from now until late March, and I let out a little sigh. Our winter is fast approaching, and it's not for the feint of heart. My Westies are facing those large, clean Winter Lines, and semi warmer temps.

That warrants a twinge of jealousy.

Don't get me wrong, I love it here. Hell, you all know that by now. This is my home. Our home. Our waves. This is all part of the deal, living and surfing here in New England.

We know what we've all bought into, and for the most part, we accept it. There's only two Winter choices. Surf here, or don't surf here. Stay or leave. Pretty simple. I'm staying.

But my buddies out west, some of whom are transplants, who once lived here, and for one reason or another, have moved out west. Whether it be work, school, marriage, military, whatever. It does not make a difference. They live there. They read this column, and look at our photos, and dream about home. And then the surf comes up, and they quickly remember why they moved out west in the first place. And every single one of them likes to remind me of that choice. In so may words.

No, they are not spiteful and hurtful (like I would be).

In fact, some of them are subtle. They like to act as if, I had not heard about the BIG Ass surf they are getting. "Really?. It's that big eh?" (Like I don't know). Look it's 2008. There's not much we don't know about surf these days. And that goes both ways. With Surf Line and Surf Cams everywhere it's hard NOT to know. So I play the game. I go along with the news. Like I'm hearing it for the first time. "Wow! It's that good huh?" Oh yea, I play along with them all. Because, I know, that most of em miss it here.

You see, I know what we have back home.

And like Dorothy once said..."There's no place like home."
Aint it the truth!

The same thing is happening in the Islands. All the East Coast/New England transients are going through the same thing. Only bigger. Way bigger. And also more dangerous and more crowded. That's right, Oahu gets crowded. The North Shore gets crowded.

Very crowded.

And tempers get hot and the shit starts flying. Usually not a good mix. Big waves and big crowds. And let me tell you friends, The North Shore is one of those spots, where you really have to be on your toes at all times. Both in, and out
of the water.

There's not much room for error out there. Mess up at one of the many Big Wave spots on Oahu's North Shore, and it could have deadly results. Gee, our cold New England winters are looking better all the time. Get a new wetsuit,
and get a new lease on life.

That's what Ralphie's gonna do this winter.


So my first movie in two years got released today. GREETING SEASONS. It's at the shops (or getting to them). It's strictly a Shortboard movie. There are NO longboards in Greeting Seasons. There are however, ONLY Longboards in GROOVEMASTERS my second movie. You see, I've shot so much footage over the last two years, that I needed to make two separate movies. A shortboard flick and a longboard flick.

But honestly? It's the waves that are the real stars of my movies. It's always been the waves. Mostly, because we don't have the HOTTEST surfers in the world surfing here on a regular basis. Don't misunderstand me here. We have some Real Good surfers, but not the kind of surfers that blow you away every time they paddle out. The PROS. They come and visit every now and then. Brian Nevins is always hosting a few. The local Shops also run promotions, and the occasional pro shows up. But trying to coincide, a visiting hot pro surfer, with good waves...well, that's the proverbial crap shoot.

It's tough to pull off.

That's why my movies are what they are. I describe em to people as...a few notches below a Pro Surf Movie, and a Few notches up from your parents home movies. Does that make sense? I just know, that I try and shoot the best waves, and the best riders. But I end up usually shooting everyone. And, why I can't guarantee that you (personally) made the cut into one of my flicks, there's a better chance of you making it into one of my movies, than one of the pro flicks.

And I do mean, what I say about the waves in my films.

If you love it here in New England, you will recognize the surf. Of that, I can virtually guarantee. You will see waves that you have ridden. And who knows, you might see yourself. There are some riders in my movies, that I don't recognize. Could it be you? I don't know, buy one of my NEW movies and find out.

Talk about a shameless promotion.

And speaking of shameless promos, (well that's not fair), it's not really shameless. I'm talking about my son Mackey V. He's featured heavily in this new movie. And the reason is simple. He lives here with my family. When I go surfing, or go to film/shoot surfing, he's been with me 90% of the time. He's also been active in seeking out the trade of videography with me, and it's been both rewarding, behind the camera, and in front of it. Besides, his surfing has gotten better. So while he is featured in GREETING SEASONS, he's NO where to be found in the equally stoked filled, longboard flick GROOVEMASTERS.

Now for some casual observances last week.

I happened to be walking by the TV set last week, when the criminal of the ages, who just won't go away, was finally sent away. I'm talking about OJ Simpson. Looks like the juice is set to be behind bars for some time. I'm thinking, there's two souls in heaven, who are smiling this week.

Justice was finally served.

Well them Patriots won a close game today. How close? They won it in the last few minutes. And they were behind the whole game. And I suppose you all heard about Junior Seau coming back. Seriously, he was out surfing, when Belichick called him and said WE NEED YOU. In fact, Coach B also called Rosey Colvin. But Junior is one of us. He's a surfer. Last week he's riding waves, and this week, he's riding running backs and QB's into the ground.

And I say Thank God. However, Tedi Bruschi got hurt today, and so did Vince Wilfork. I said last week that these Patriots of 2008 are like a box of chocolates. "You never know what you're gonna get." Well, we got some sweet chocolate this week. And if that isn't good enough...the JETS lost today. There's a virtual 3 way tie for the AFC East. Let's see what we get next week. Sweet chocolate or sour candy?

6'-1" 22-1/2W approx; pintail; tri-fin fcs; BILT Logo in Oval; Silver Fish Boardbag; Shapers Words: Two black kneepads on the board. Stolen out of a Red Nissan Frontier Pickup 28th Sept. 2008, Sunday evening, Big Reward. CONTACT ME directly and I will put you in touch with the REWARD/OWNER.

Jimmy Dunn has a great video piece on WMUR TV Channel 9 click this link to see our boy Jimmy surf and crack people up.

Don't forget "GREETING SEASONS" was released today December 7th. And will be Premiered at LOS OLAS (Mexican Restaurant) in Exeter, NH this Wednesday Dec 10th at 7PM. And "Groovemasters" the first ever Longboard ONLY movie from Surf Free Or Die comes out on Sunday December 21st. The first day of Winter.

Finally, one of our very talented Photographers Brian Nevins has a Great Holiday Gift special going on. I know you've all seen his work here on this site and he's been one of our main guys at Ralph's Pic Of The Week for the last few years.

He's doing canvas print orders for the holidays. There are 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

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
all the others who submit photos to this site.

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




Yesterday- Sunday December 7, 1941
(Below) Imagine waking up to check the surf and finding this? The USS Arizona with over 1,000 Americans.
Photo courtesy of the Internet

2008 Today-Leftover Thanksgiving Photos Wednesday November 26th, 2008

(Above) I usually love leftovers. But this one has a sour taste. Why? Cuz I missed this swell. Thank God Nevins was on it. November 26th, 2008.
Photo by Brian Nevins

(Above) Feast on this bitches! Sam Hammer taking another New Hammy bite. November 26th, 2008.
Photo by Brian Nevins

(Above) Somewhere North of where you're sitting. November 26th, 2008.
Photo by Brian Nevins

(Above) Open wide for another Maniac bite. November 26th, 2008.
Photo by Brian Nevins

(Above) The upcoming Featured star of my new Longboard movie GROOVEMASTERS with Mr Groove
himself Mike Moran. High on the nose, in a timeless pose. November 26th, 2008.
Photo by Brian Nevins


(Above) Mike Gleason making gravy. Pre Thanksgiving, November 26th, 2008.
Photo by John Carden

(Above) Mike Gleason finding this dark meat barrel to his liking. November 26th, 2008.
Photo by Brian Nevins

(Above) Mike Gleason laying it down. November 26th, 2008.
Photo by Brian Nevins

(Above) Mike Gleason grabbing the wishbone and making a wish. November 26th, 2008.
Photo by Brian Nevins

(Above) You tell me. Is this why we live here? You bet yer white cold asses it is. Beautiful. November 26th, 2008.
Photo by Brian Nevins

(Above) OK this is like getting shot with both barrels. First Nevins and now O'Connell's leftovers.
Pre Thanksgiving gobbler, November 26th, 2008.
Photo by Ed O' Connell

(Above) I can hear this beast hissing at me. Ed O'Connell's leftovers.
Pre Thanksgiving November 26th, 2008.
Photo by Ed O' Connell

(Above) A leftover turkey sandwich with NO turkey. Thanksgiving 2008.
Photo by Ed O' Connell

(Above) Spreading the mayo on the open face turkey sandwich. Dan Hassett. Thanksgiving 2008.
Photo by Ed O' Connell

(Above) Dan Hassett. Thanksgiving 2008.
Photo by Ed O' Connell

(Above) Kyle Riffe cutting back for seconds. Thanksgiving 2008.
Photo by Ed O' Connell

(Above) Cool photo. Looks posed almost. "Just hold your hands like this and stand under this lip. That's it." Thanksgiving 2008.
Photo by Ed O' Connell

(Above) Making Thanksgiving excuses to miss dinner. Thanksgiving 2008.
Photo by Ed O' Connell

(Above) That's a large bird. What is that 50lbs? Nice Ed...very nice. Bastard. Thanksgiving 2008.
Photo by Ed O' Connell


Movie to see Trailer. This Just in...Premiere of GREETING SEASONS scheduled at LOS OLAS (Mexican Restaurant) in Exeter, NH this Wednesday Dec 10th at 7PM.
Poster Design By ADLANTIC

Brian Nevins 949.295.9390

VIDEO by SFOD R. Fatello


(Above) CLICK ON Video (photo) Frame Grab from GREETING SEASONS for the NEW SFOD Movie trailer.
Video Frame grab by R. Fatello SFOD

2008 Today-Last Week in California-2008

(Above) That's right! He's back, The PHANTOM Rides again. Turns out, Ole Phantom was hurt fighting a dam Orca up near the Canadian border, Dam near tore his arm off. According to the man himself, He had to "put her down... Phantom style". He beat it with a shortboard. Fall 2008
Photo courtesy of the Phantom

(Above) Dam. I don't hear from the Phantom in months, and this is what he sends me? Why's he gotta be so dam hurtful? The PHANTOM busting balls and making dreams come true. Fall 2008
Photo courtesy of the Phantom

(Above) Look at this! Dam you Phantom. This shit is off the hizzle. The PHANTOM on his turf.
Photo courtesy of the Phantom

(Above) I see a hollow section here. That's where I'd be. If the Phantom would let me sample it.
Photo courtesy of the Phantom

(Above) I'd forgotten how sweet this view is.
Photo courtesy of the Phantom

(Above) That's it. I'm coming back out there. Look at this wave!
Photo courtesy of the Phantom

((Above) These Pirates Phantom? You fixing to waste em?
Photo courtesy of the Phantom

(Above) One of the most prolific writers of surf journalism of our time. And one hell of an all around waterman. Sam George. Photo courtesy of the Phantom

(Above) If you see this on any vehicle in Central Cal...just keep walking. The PHANTOM's Crest.
Photo courtesy of the Phantom

(Above) These came in from the Phantom and that's all I'm gonna say. You know where this is.
Photo courtesy of the Phantom

(Above) Mavs doing her thing.
Photo courtesy of the Phantom

(Above) This shit does not look real. Cuz for aint!
Photo courtesy of the Phantom

(Above) Be afraid. Be very afraid.
Photo courtesy of the Phantom

(Above) "Hey Mom and dad wanna go for a boatride? Oh yea, it's safe."
Photo courtesy of the Phantom

(Above) Mavs doing her best impression of Waimea in the 60's.
Photo courtesy of the Phantom

(Above) Just stop what you're doing and look at this photo. Look at it. Are you kidding me?
He's NOT strapped! He paddled into this beast!
Photo courtesy of the Phantom

(Above) in point... shot #2.
Photo courtesy of the Phantom

(Above) ...shot #3 there's hell to pay out there.
Photo courtesy of the Phantom

(Above) Mavs ...not that crowded.
Photo courtesy of the Phantom

(Above) Look. This is the BACK of this wave.
Photo courtesy of the Phantom

(Above) Back to reality...
Photo courtesy of the Phantom

(Above) I'd paddle out, but upon closer inspection, it looks crowded.
Photo courtesy of the Phantom

(Above) Still, it sure looks pretty.
Photo courtesy of the Phantom

(Above) Yea, I'm paddling out.
Photo courtesy of the Phantom

(Above) NorCal going off!
Photo courtesy of the Phantom

(Above) There's a dude on this beast. NorCal.
Photo courtesy of the Phantom

(Above) Someone riding the inside...but look outside!
Photo courtesy of the Phantom

(Above) I don't think so...SLOAT.
Photo courtesy of the Phantom

(Above) Either way, I say NO...SLOAT.
Photo courtesy of the Phantom

(Above) Big Red at..SLOAT.
Photo courtesy of the Phantom

(Above) Our long lost friend Tony Szabo sent these in. Nevermind where it is. Just enjoy.
Photo by Tony Szabo

(Above) Tony Szabo's familiar peak.
Photo by Tony Szabo

(Above) Nice set Tony.
Photo by Tony Szabo

(Above) Splitting the peak.
Photo by Tony Szabo


(Above) Corky says hello.
Photo by Free of Man

(Above) Where he lives...Ron
Photo by Free of Man

(Above) I've actually surfed here and I must say...I wanna go back!
Photo by Free of Man

2008 Today-Surf Scenes from This week in Hawaii

(Above) CJ Hobgood on a rather green blustery peak. CJ was the Victor this day..
Photo by Bernie Baker

(Above) There's a sensation of speed, that can only be felt on an an overhead wave while wearing no
dam wetsuits. This is that feeling. Thank you Bernie.
Photo by Bernie Baker

(Above) This photo says it all about the Islands And it also says a whole lot that you can't see. We don't have
time, right now to tell you about it. Meanwhile, take a look into the past, present and future of the Islands.
Photo by Bernie Baker

(Above) Green slice of life. Photo by Bernie Baker

(Above) Streaking used to be illegal. Not in Hawaii. Photo by Bernie Baker



Today 2008 PARTING SHOT- Man vs Machine Vs Mother Ocean

(Above) I'd hate to think what would happen if he ran out of gas.

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