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January 30th, 2011-The RUN continues.
The NEW Run- 12 out of 14 weeks (Waist high or better)

Well this was certainly an emotional roller coaster ride for me this week. From reaching my halfway point on Monday January 24th, 2011 and surfing on the coldest day of the year the same day. To attending a good friend's wake and funeral, to having a first ever ALL Photographer Surf Session at a premiere point/reef break. It was a series of days and events that left my head spinning more than Michael Sander's endless 360's at MBRE's.

I need to start on Monday January 24th, 2011.

It was my halfway point of my 365 Day "Catch a Wave For Molly" fundraiser. And it also happened to be the COLDEST DAY of the year. Hell, it was the coldest Day in the last 5 years. One of the Top 3 coldest days on record. How cold was it? Well, it was Minus 5 degrees below zero when I went out. They say with the Wind Chill factor thrown in, it was 25 below zero. The mere fact that the coldest day occurred on my halfway point is one of those unexplainable occurrences that "can't be scripted!". Yet it happened. And let me tell you. It was cold.

It was so cold that the water froze on my wetsuit and board. It was so cold that there were chunks of ice floating in the water with me. Chunks of ice! I surfed in Sea Smoke. That's when the water is warmer than the air and creates a smoke like affect. It is very cool to see. And even cooler to surf in. My daughter Gabby tagged along to shoot video and stills that day. I have not seen the video yet, but the stills were impressive. She was colder than I was.

I know that some of my close friends would find it amusing to think, that it was so cold, that my mouth and face became so numb, that I could hardly speak. But that was true. Still we can't escape the fact, that the coldest on record, fell on my exact halfway point. Unbelievable. So I guess it's safe to say, that it's all downhill from here? But I won't say that. There's no such thing as safe bets around these parts in the dead of winter. I know that. But I feel good knowing that I turned that all important corner.

When I get to Day 300 I'll really consider myself "almost there" or as we used to say in the Corps..."I'm getting short". I'll be an official "short timer" and I know, the last 65 days will be very interesting to say the least.

That same night was the Wake for our good friend Allen McCarthy. And speaking of the saying "You couldn't script this" when my wife Cory and I pulled up to the Funeral home who should pull up next to us and walk in with us? Molly's parents Buck and Meighan. Here I am on the coldest day of the year, and having reached my halfway point and I meet up with (unintentionally) Molly's parents. Well let me just say, that standing in line with Buck and Meg just reaffirmed my motivation and belief in what I am doing in memory of their little girl. I only knew Molly for two years. But in that time I knew how special she was and is.

Wakes and funerals are sad as a rule. Being at Allen McCarthy's wake and funeral with Buck and Meg was a mixed bag of emotions. Allen lived a good long life. Molly's was cut short. The wake for Allen was more of a celebration of his life and his devoted family. And it is his family that holds it all together. The fact that the McCarthy family had decided that in lieu of flowers and donations that all donations go to the MollyRowlee fund was heart warming. That night at Allen's Wake I became stronger and more determined than ever to finish my undertaking with love and respect for the Rowlees and this seacoast community.

This entire seacoast community have never faltered in their support for the Rowlees.

Allen McCarthy was quite the icon here at North Beach in Hampton. He was loved and admired by all who knew and loved him. With his loving wife Jane and seven kids, Lisa, Jay, Taryn, Stephen and Susan, Timothy and John Duffy and their spouses. With his many grandchildren and great grandchildren The McCarthy's have been a part of this seacoast community for many many years. I've known the family personally since the early 70's. And I don't think there was ever a time when I didn't feel welcomed by any member of the McCarthy family.

The eulogy that Lisa read at the funeral Mass was one of the best I have ever heard. And trust me I've seen and heard enough in my life. In fact, I wrote and read both of my parents eulogies. So I am quite familiar with the task at hand in both writing one and reading one. And I can say without any hesitation, that Lisa did an outstanding job. And it was quite a fitting tribute to this wonderful man.

The day of his funeral I caught my wave for Molly and then I went back out and caught a wave for Allen. Rest in Peace Al you are back home again.

Allen McCarthy June 24-1927-January 21, 2011. Cape Hatteras 1980's circa.
Photo courtesy of the McCarthy family.

The day after Allen's funeral WMUR TV 9 came down to 18th Street to do a short piece on
my "Catch A Wave For Molly". I mentioned it to Meg Rowlee and she agreed to appear on camera. Buck was away on business. I know how hard it was for Meighan to do this. But she did a wonderful job and came across beautifully on TV. This is after all a Fund Raiser. We
are trying to raise money to help other families battling cancer and also to keep the memory of Lil Miss Molly in our daily lives.

The day after the Channel 9 story aired, there was a front page story that came out in the local paper, and again, this mission and more importantly, Molly's name was out there again to garner more attention and potential funds. There will be more I'm sure. And I know that I am just the vehicle for this message of love and support. Surfing is just the tool I am using to build this foundation of support. When this is all said and done I will reprint a story that my friend wrote ten years ago in SURFER Magazine about my first 365 Day quest. His words will echo true some 10 years later.

Speaking of friends. This past week my good friend and fellow adventurer The PHANTOM
took a boat trip into the hellish channel at Half Moon Bay to witness first hand the Mavericks experience. Ironically he was witness to the near tragedy of Jacob Trette who nearly drowned when a freak set hit the line-up. The photos and captions that the Phantom penned himself tell the harrowing tale of the Big Beasts at MAVERICKS and the brave souls who surf that infamous reef. It's all here this week.

The week ended on a good note when, not one, not two, not three, but FOUR Photographers descended on a local surf break and surfed flawless waist to chest high perfection. It was the FIRST EVER ALL PHOTOGRAPHER SURF SESH! Brian Nevins, Michael Sander, myself and Ed O'Connell on the beach "shooting the shooters". It was classic. The only thing missing was Joe Carter, Nick LaVecchia, and John Carden. But then again, there were (I swear) just 3 waves to every set. It is rare that the three of us are out together at any one given break, but to have the three of us out with NO ONE ELSE at this spot? And Ed O'Connell documenting each and every wave? Come on! That's magic. That's insane. That's New England.

We named the reef MBRE's...figure out why we call it that.

So this was a week to remember for sure. A few firsts along with many enjoyable days of breathtaking New England scenes. And most of them were captured on film. This neck of the woods is a special place for all of us. We are lucky to have what we have. And the underlying factor remains my friends...and that is: " Surfing Heals All Wounds."

Now for some of my Weekly Global Observances:

Looks like there's trouble over there in EGYPT. Man...I guess President Mubarak has lost some of his charm. The Egyptians are not happy. And it looks like they won't soon back down until something gives. The problem is, Mubarak will unleash the hounds on the protesters. Be interesting to see what Obama does if anything. The Middle East is still a pressure cooker for so many countries. I blame all the Reality TV shows on the unrest over there. Last year it was IRAN and this year it's EGYPT. They see Jersey Shores and "Snooki" and they want to live like that. They see American Idol and they want that fame. They see the Housewives of Hampton Beach and they want a piece of that as well. What? There is no Housewives of Hampton Beach Reality TV show? My bad. I guess that one is still in production.

My point is the more they see how the West lives, the more they realize that this dictator bullshit is getting tired. People want to be free. Imagine that?

So I saw that Jack La lane passed away at age 96. Now there was one tough cookie. That guy seemed to never grow old or weak. He could do more pushups and sit ups than anyone out there. My late mother used to exercise to his TV show. I remember his dog sitting beside him. With him in his one piece jump suit. Classic character. Rest in Peace Jack.

Finally, the Green Bay Packers are Playing the Pittsburgh Steelers in the SUPERBOWL.
I want the Packers to win and that's all I have to say about that.

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Remembering Danny Miller this past week. 4 years since he left us.
Rest in Peace Jack La lane.
Rest in Peace Rose Olivo January 23, 2011.
Happy Birthday Courtney Hayes February 1st!
Happy Birthday Jean Dombrowski February 3rd!

Happy Birthday Jill Dobsen and Mary Ellen Torrisi February 5th!
Happy Birthday Bryon Rivers February 6th!

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Yesterday 1980's Duffy, Dean and Zappy in Cape Hatteras.
(Below) Going to Hatteras for us was like going to the tropics. Sun, sand, and warm water was always a treat for us New Englanders. And Hatteras was and still is a proving ground of sorts. Especially for the ESA competitors. Which these three were. Zappy still competes. But Duffy and Dean have long since passed on contests. But I'm sure there are many fond memories of the trips to Hatteras for these guys. Photo courtesy of Duffy McCarthy.

Click on the photo above to see the larger version.

Today-Friday January 28th, 2011 The PHOTOGRAPHERS ONLY Session by Ed O'Connell

Brian Nevins hiding in plain sight at MBRE's. Just the four of us for over 2 hours.
Friday January 28th, 2011. Photo By Ed O'Connell
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(Above) Michael Sander on his HD at MBRE's. Friday January 28th, 2011.
Photo By
Ed O'Connell * Click on the photo above to see the Whole Gallery.

(Above) This is me
on what appears to be a chest high wave at MBRE's.
Friday January 28th, 2011. Photo By Ed O'Connell
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(Above) Brian Nevins cross stepping his way into a fun session at MBRE's.

Photographers score
perfect waves on
Friday January 28th, 2011.
Photo By
Ed O'Connell * Click on the photo above to see the Whole Gallery.
Today-Thursday, January 27th, 2011 by RALPH

(Above) Th
e waves were hollow and pulsing . Jake's buddy. January 2
7, 2011.
Photo By
RALPH * Click on the photo above to see the Whole Gallery.

Jake Davidson and his buddy. January 27, 2011. Photo By RALPH
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(Above) There were so many waves like this. Empty and hollow. January 27, 2011.
Photo By
RALPH * Click on the photo above to see the Whole Gallery.

Head high and just going off. January 27, 2011. Photo By RALPH
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(Above) There's something about The Wall in the Winter. January 27, 2011.
Photo By
RALPH * Click on the photo above to see the Whole Gallery.
Today- Ralph's DAY 186, January 27th, 2011 by GABBY

(Above) This is me surfing a spot that me and my late friend Joe Somogyi named in
the early 70's. My daughter Gabby was there to shoot the sesh. January 27, 2011.
Photo By GABBY
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(Above) After my session. Wading through the tidal bounce. January 27, 2011.
Photo By GABBY
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Today-Thursday, January 27th, 2011 by Ed O'Connell

(Above) This is typical of what I saw too. Empty and hollow waves all day long.
January 27, 2011.
Photo By Ed O'Connell
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(Above) The swell however, was not hitting this spot. Lumpys Left. January 27, 2011.
Photo By Ed O'Connell
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(Above) It's amazing what people throw out in the trash these days. January 27, 2011.
Photo By
Ed O'Connell
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Today-The COLDEST Day of the Year...(So far)
Monday, January 24th, 2011
by Brian Nevins

(Above) Frozen lefts. January 24, 2011. Photo By Brian Nevins
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(Above) Frozen rights. January 24, 2011. Photo By Brian Nevins
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Today- A Week Of "Catch A Wave For Molly" Scenes
January 24-29th, 2011

(Above) After my session. The COLDEST DAY Minus 5 degrees, 18th Street. That's ice on
my wetsuit. January 24, 2011.
Photo By GABBY

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

(Above) Look closely, that's Sea Smoke out there. This is the FIRST ever photo of me
surfing in Sea Smoke. The COLDEST DAY... Minus 5 degrees, 18th Street. January 24, 2011.
Photo By GABBY
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Today-VOLCOM PIPE PRO Oahu.- January - 2011
Photos by Bernie Baker

(Above) North Shore local boy Jon Jon Florence won the event. January 2011
Bernie Baker
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(Above) Jon Jon Florence knows this break. January 2011 Photo by Bernie Baker
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Today-INTO THE BELLY OF THE BEAST. The Phantom Sees Mavericks up close and personal. January - 2011
Photos and captions by The Phantom

( Above)
Mavericks from the Channel. The same day surfer Jacob Trette almost died out there. It's all here in typical Phantom style. Including all the Captions penned by the Stealth master himself. January 2011 Photo by The Phantom
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( Above) SUPS at Mavericks. Oh yea it's true. And the Phantom shows and tells it all.
January 2011 Photo by The Phantom *
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( Above) This was supposed to be a small day at Mavericks. Are you kidding me?
This was the set that got Jacob Trette. He was held down by two of these mackers. He
almost died out there. It's all here, all the Captions and photos.
January 2011
Photo by The Phantom
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by Joe Carter and GITV (Get In The Van)

This video clip was done by my friend Joe Carter and my friends at GET IN THE VAN
It is a short video clip that was shot on DAY 172 of my daily undertaking. Joe did an amazing job on this piece, and it has already been seen by many on the internet. From the Facebook crew to GITV site and beyond. I could go on and on about Joe and the GITV trio of Joe Carter, Brian Nevins, and Nick LaVecchia. I love those guys.

They are part of this surf community and have a tremendous amount of talent and heart and soul as any group of individuals I have ever worked with. I am both proud and humbled by their creation. My daughter Gabby also contributed to this piece by shooting the day before.

But what Joe did with this video clip was in short; Help put surfing up onto another level. By making surfing bigger than how it is portrayed within the industry, and outside of our surf world. Dealing with cancer, and the lives of the children and families suffering through it, and using surfing as a vehicle to create awareness was no easy task.

But I think that after watching this video, you will have a different outlook on both cancer, and of surfing. That was our goal. And I think we did that.

Thank you Joe. Thank you GITV. And Thank you Buck, Meg, and Kieran. And to you Molly, who I know is watching me every day I'm out there.

Surfing Heals All Wounds...



10 Years ago on July 26,2000, I surfed every single day for one Year here in Northern New England. That's 365 Consecutive Days without missing a single Day. Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall. I did it in memory of my late father Gus. My Dad turned me onto surfing. I raised $33,000 for the ADA (AMerican Diabetes Association).
I called it "Catch a Wave For Gus!"

That was 10 years ago last summer. This past July 26, 2010... Exactly 10 years ago to the day... I'm doing it again. This time for Cancer. And more specifically for Lil Miss Molly Rowlee. I'm calling it... "Catch a Wave For Molly!" I'm letting you know for several reasons. First, I need your support. I need to know that the surf community (world wide) is backing me. Second, we all know someone who has either lost a battle to cancer, or is currently fighting cancer, or is a cancer survivor now.

My Mother Eva passed away from cancer in 2007. My best friend Joe Somogyi, lost his battle to cancer in 1978. Our good friend Linda Paugh lost her fight last December 6, 2009. the list goes on and on... In short, cancer has touched all of us all. There will be more info as the year grinds on. 10 years ago, I did it for Gus...I'm doing it again for Molly and everyone else who's dealing with cancer.

"Surfing Heals All Wounds." - Ralph Fatello



For those of you who have seen my movies before, you know, that I am notorious
for these quirky Intros...well, the RUN Redux is no different.

Though this is a first. Using my young GSP pup Cpl. Patch and my guitar. Oh yea this intro is unique to say the least. It's also serious in tone. I bring up the "Catch A Wave For Molly" fundraiser I'm doing. And that my friends is serious business.

The movie itself is chock full of surf action by local surfers, and local photographers, as well as local musicians. It's along the lines as the original RUN that came out last year by keeping it local.

The RUN Redux is available at your local Surf Shop or by emailing me at:

Hope you all dig the flick. And May The Run Be With You.


December 2009 to December 2010

The TRAILER...RUN REDUX December 24th-2010
from Ralph's Pic Of The Week on Vimeo.

OK it took me five attempts of rendering this puppy but I finally got it.
I have footage from the GREAT DECEMBER TO REMEMBER Swell.
Dec.-14 & 15th 2010 as well as all the other big swells of 2010 and let me tell you, there were a bunch.

Great local music. Great local photographers. And Great Local Surfers...I apologize for the delay...but it's here. And I did finish it before Christmas albeit the day before.

Better late than never, besides you guys that are buying this thing are surfers. Surely you can all understand the reason why I had to have that last swell in this movie.

Happy Holidays Kids! I hope you like it.





(Above) All Rise: 10th Street District Court of Surf Justice is now in session, the
Honorable Judge Ralph G. Fatello presiding. CASE #94 BLATANT DROP IN OF
THE WEEK-The Phantom's MAVS Tour. CLICK and SEE the verdict.
Photo by The Phantom

(Above) Carmel Point during the same swell as the MAVS pics. January 2011
Photo By The Doctor
*Click on the photo above to see the Whole Gallery.

(Above) Carmel Point. This is a BIG wave. January 2011
Photo By The Doctor
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Above) Tim O'Shea's last day with then Pink Banana. His board got kilt at the Wall
on January 27, 2011. RIP Ole PinkYella...Photo by Tim Cunningham

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

(Above) Down South in SUP Land. Actually it's Florida and this was sent in by an ex-New Hammy boy Mike MCGann. January 2011 Photo courtesy of Mike McGann
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(Above) SUPS are everywhere. Even here at this most sacred spot. COMING NEXT WEEK! Photo by the Phantom

(Above) The Phantom shoots SUPS at this exclusive California spot.
COMING NEXT WEEK! Photo by the Phantom

(Above) This shortboader can't believe his eyes. SUPS are everywhere.
COMING NEXT WEEK! Photo by the Phantom

*Click masthead above to read the original ISM story.

(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.
Photos by Ed O'Connell

Today 2011
"Hey Ralph how cold was it on Monday?.."

(Above) Ed sent this pic of the inside of his vehicle digital thermo read-out to remind me to just how cold it was on Monday January 24, 2011. That reads MINUS 5. Photo by Ed O'Connell














































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