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The problem with writing a weekly blog, or more specifically, a weekly surf blog is, I typically have a subject matter well in hand before I strike the first key on my keypad. My subject matter this week was (and is still) going to be about Surfers who also happen to be musicians. In other words, surfers who actually play music professionally, or semi professionally.

Then some asshole comes along like that idiot in Aurora Colorado and blows the whole week apart by yet another act of pure cowardice. And make no mistake about it. What that loser did was a yellow act of cowardice. He's a coward. Shooting unarmed innocent movie goers is an act of cowardice. It reeks of yellow.

Case in point. He gave up when actual armed police officers closed in on him. He folded. Like a coward. A sniveling weasel coward. Suddenly his bad ass "Commando" persona was no match for real men with real weapons. Shooting unarmed civilians in a crowded movie theater is one thing, but facing armed police officers?

No way. Cowards always fold. Or, they kill themselves. Losers.

I am not going to mention his name, nor am I going to post a photo of him. I only have room for one coward on this blog. And that is reserved for KSM. I will not make a forum for cowards on this blog. That's not what this is. It's just hard to write about surfing, when cowardly acts like this happen overnight.

Our world and our society, for all the good that it produces still has that 10% out there that are living on the edge. They walk among us. They work and go to school next to us. And for the most part, there are no warning signs. It just happens. Like an inner fuse being lit. A slow burning fuse that only they are aware of. And when it reaches the end.

Tragedy- followed by shock and sorrow.

Look that guy was insane. And a coward. I'm sorry for all the hurt that has swept across this nation due to his cowardly act. I know these are isolated cases. And 90% of of our society are doing what they can each and every day to get by, and do the right thing. It's just so disturbing to see yet another domestic tragedy unfold on our TV sets, and we all get sucked into the story, and become numb by the 24-7 coverage. Relentless annual madness.

So back to my original theme of this week's blog.

Surfers who are also musicians. I know for as long as I can remember that there have been musicians who surf. And look,
I'm talking about New England. And more specifically, here in New Hampshire. I've been playing music as long as I have been surfing. I know there are others as well. The B&W photo above is one of my earlier bands. The VINNY Band. We opened for the Police at the RAT in Boston 1978, and we played our last show at the Rat in in 1984 opening for The Red Hot Chili Peppers. It was their first gig in Boston.

In between we played all the Boston clubs including headlining the Paradise. We had radio hits, and even had a damn MTV video. We made records and toured. It was fun. And the whole time I did this, I was surfing. Here in New England. I never lost sight of my first real passion. But make no mistake. Music and surfing was a big part of who I was early in my life. Still is.

I went on to form two other popular Boston Bands," SEMPER FI" where I opened for 25,000 people at the Meadowlands in NY opening for Emerson, Lake, and Palmer. I also had "The NOR'EASTERS" a Blues/Rock band that never really broke up.
We played all over , the Channel, etc etc and most
of us do...I got tired of it.

I currently play in a 3pc Blues/rock band called BHD.

I can remember other bands and musicians in the early 70's who were following the same path as I was. John Gooch and Eddie Canore had a band called "Lizzy Bomb." Later on Stan Chew had several bands including one with Terence T-Bone Kirby called "Lunch at The Dump." There were others as well.

Mike O'Neill and Kurt Hanig had "Puddles of Joy." Jon Anderson another local surfer, had a bunch of bands and recording projects. Mitch Hargraves was another. All these guys still play. Not sure about Eddie Canore and John Gooch but I know, Stan, T-Bone, Mike O'Neil, Kurt Hanig and Jon Anderson all still play out.

Somewhere along the way, the most talented surfer/musician of all the local surfer/musicians came along, and his name is Jesse Ciarmataro. Currently going under the name QWILL. Jesse is by far the most talented individual out there. He is constantly changing and redeveloping his soulful music. His songs, his vocals, his lyrics, his uncanny ability to play any instrument is unmatched. Plus his studio skills are second to none.

If there is any artist out there who really should be playing all the big rooms and should be a bona fide ROCK Star it is Jesse QWILL Ciarmataro. All you musicians know what I'm talking about.

Jesse is the REAL Deal. His music is on SIMPLE TRUTH Records.






Two other local Surfer bands are KINGSHIGHWAY and TODO BIEN. These guys have been plugging away for a few years
now and have gone from the garage band sound to really polished. In fact, they each use the same drummer and the same percussionist. Both surfers. Salt and Johnny.

KINGSHIGHWAY played their first gig in Boston last week. It was great seeing them in the City. It brought it all back for me and that kind of excitement of playing your first show in town. I was glad to have been there and share it with their friends and family.

Another Surfer band that has been plugging away for the last few years
is TODO BIEN. Fronted by Skip Brunette, Todo Bien has stepped up and started to make a run 'out of the seacoast ' by putting together little mini tours up and down the East Coast.

The truth is, for those of you who surf and play music, there is a spiritual connection to both surfing and making music. And my advice to any musician is "if you are having fun playing music, then have at it. Keep playing. If it stops becoming fun, then you need to rethink music as a
professional career." Because making a living playing music is a tough nut to crack. You wouldn't surf if was not fun. Same with music.

"Surfing (and Music) Heals All Wounds..."

Now for Some Of My Weekly Global Observances:

OK Barack please tell me you were kidding about your statement on Saturday July 14th. You know, the one about small business owners and entrepreneurs NOT making their dreams happen on their own. Really? I guess I missed something there. And I really wish that both Obama and Romney would stop with the Negative Ads. Go on the facts guys. America is not as stupid as you both think we are.

The War in Syria has stepped up a few notches. It is now a daily bloodbath. It's funny how we live our daily lives and turn on the TV and watch homes and lives being destroyed by warplanes and tanks.

Meanwhile the Iranians are beating their chests over the bombing of innocent Israeli civilians in Bulgaria this week. My friends the world is still unstable.

Speaking of unstable. Kalid Sheik Mohammed (KSM) the Mastermind behind 9/11 was disgusted by the Colorado shooting this week. In fact here he is rolling his eyes back into his head. Say what you want about KSM, but at least he had an agenda. Albeit a twisted one. But it was based on his ideology of radical Islamic beliefs.

Note to self: Must pick up Hair Net at Home Depot.

Can't wait until Fall...Football, Nor'easters, and upland magic.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY Judith Rastl July 23rd!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY Tami Heide July 23rd!
HAPPY ANNIVERSARY Kevin and Kim Grondin July 23rd!
HAAPY BIRTHDAY Mary Ellen Grasso July 24th!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY Lars Jacobsen July 24th!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY Judy Dombrowski July 25th!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY Vince Shazam July 26th!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY Bill Carey July 26th!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY Nick Africano July 26th!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY Raven Lundy July 27th!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY Eric Cannon July 28th!
REST IN PEACE Elizabeth Lylah Moore July 6th, 2012.
GET WELL SOON Matt Denis WHS student!

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*JULY 26th, 2012 is the Projected RELEASE DATE for the New Surf Free Or Die Movie "SURFING HEALS ALL WOUNDS"

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Yesterday- Fall 1999 John "Jacko" Keefe
(Below) There were so many good days at the Wall that it's virtually impossible to
try and remember each one. This was just one of many thousands of good days. And
Jacko was there pulling into the barrel like he and every other local has done since we
first started surfing there. I can only imagine how many amazing days there must of been
before there was surfing. Boggles the mind to think about that.
Photo by Jeff Winterton

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TODAY ... all the photos below were taken this week, unless otherwise noted.
Today- Saturday July 21st, 2012 Photos by RALPH

(Above) Saturday morning the waves came up to just about waist high. Local ripper
Kyle Linseman taking advantage of the bump. Saturday July 21, 2012.
Photo By RALPH
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(Above) Unknown proving my waist high claim. Saturday July 21, 2012.
Photo By RALPH * Click on the photo above to see the Whole gallery.

(Above) Weiland Anderson backside at the Wall Saturday July 21, 2012.
Photo By RALPH * Click on the photo above to see the Whole gallery.

(Above) Lenny leaning towards the light. Saturday July 21, 2012.
Photo By RALPH * Click on the photo above to see the Whole gallery.

(Above) Kai Nichols. Waist high bottom turn. Saturday July 21, 2012.
Photo By RALPH * Click on the photo above to see the Whole gallery.

Today- Earlier in the week. July 16th, 2012 Photos by RALPH

(Above) I shot this Monday night. Is it waist high? Unknown. July 16th, 2012.
Photo B
y RALPH * Click on the photo above to see the Whole gallery.

(Above) The Rowlee family. I had a nice visit with them on Sunday. TJ is so damn
cute he looks so much like Molly and Kieran it's amazing. And what a happy baby too!
July 15th, 2012.
Photo By RALPH * Click on the photo above to see the Whole gallery.

Today- GOT HOLLOW? New England Delivers.
Photos by Nevins, O'Connell, RALPH, and Granite Stoke.

(Above) Inside looking out of a New Hampshire Golden barrel. Photo By Brian Nevins
* Click on the photo above to see the Whole gallery.

(Above) A perfect wave pours in New Hampshire. Photo By Ed O'Connell
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(Above) Chest high triple set waves and each one hollow. Photo By RALPH
* Click on the photo above to see the Whole gallery.

Under the Granite lip. North Beach.
Photo By Granite Stoke.
* Click on the photo above to see the Whole gallery.
Today- HOLLOW Around The Globe.
Photos by various photographers

(Above) Who has the better view?
* Click on the photo above to see the Whole gallery.

We all want Hollow.

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Are you kidding me? Yes I'll take this.
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Today- Hurricane Fabio Hits the Wedge in Newport, CA
July 14th,
2012 Photos by Ben Ginsberg

(Above) The Wedge attracts the crowds both in and out of the water. Fabio delivers.
July 14th, 2012.
Photo By Ben Ginsberg
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(Above) The Wedge and the gawkers who can't get enough of it. Fabio spunk.
July 14th, 2012.
Photo By Ben Ginsberg
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Today- The Phantom Strikes Again! More Westy Action!
July 16th,
2012 Photos by THE PHANTOM


(Above) CHOPS firing down the line. July 16th, 2012.
Photo By The Phantom * Click on the photo above to see the Whole gallery.

Oh hell yeah! That's what I'm talking about! July 16th, 2012.
Photo By The Phantom * Click on the photo above to see the Whole gallery.

NEW QWILL Single JUST RELEASED on fathers Day June 17, 2012 GREAT SONG

SURF ART Exhibit at The Provident Bank in Hampton, NH
Now Thru August 2012

Now through Aug 31 as part of the Provident Bank Lobby for
the Arts Program exhibit of surf art and photography by Ralph
Fatello, Ed O’Connell, John Carden, Ryan Denning, of Alpine
Live, and Ryan Scura and Dylan Ladds of The Granite Stoke.

The bank is located at 321 Lafayette Road Hampton NH and
the lobby is open Mon-Friday 8am-7pm, Sat 9-1 Sun 10-2.

We welcome all Surf Related pics from our Readers. Just make sure they are at
least 900 pixels wide. If you have any OLD photos we can scan them for you.
And we don't care if you shoot them with your cellphones. I mean it.

Just send them along.


(Above and below) Hollow? That's what Stan Chew gets in his beloved Panama!
Photo By Stan Chew *Click on the photo above to see the Whole gallery.

(Above) Hanalei bay features some amazing waves and also some amazing boats.
Photo courtesy of The Internet *Click on the photo above to see the Whole gallery.

(Above) Lily at 7 mos on her grandfather's board. July 2012.
Photo courtesy of Mark Henschke
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Whole gallery.

CLICK ON THE PLAY BUTTON on each clip to view videos

Natural Cut TV - Teahupoo, Tahiti
from Natural Cut TV on Vimeo
A good friend and fellow videographer shot this insane footage of Chopes a couple of weeks ago. It's really cool and heart pounding
and I'm so stoked he got to experience that.

Recorded in 1978. Click on VINNY CD
art to see a larger version and how to order this CD and others for sale at
GAF Music.
A Division of Adlantic

LNF: LOWERS RAID 2012 from on Vimeo.

The 2nd annual Lower Trestles Raid...ahh, maybe it's me but I think this is a hoot. I mean it's on one hand so anti surfing while on the other so everything to do with surfing. Bottom line is, lighten up everybody. It's called having fun. .


Meet the Superhumans from Stitch Editing on Vimeo.

With the Olympics on everyone's mind, and with this year being our 5th Annual HIT THE BEACH event, I thought I'd share this with you.
Our good friend Michael Taylor sent this to me.

Recorded in 1983. Click on VINNY CD art
to see a larger version and how to order this CD and others for sale at GAF Music.
A Division of Adlantic

Still No Crackie. He's still MIA but he's coming back next week! Meanwhile, if you have a question no matter how stupid, or absurd, please send it

Crackie has his own Facebook Page. You should Friend Him...though there are no guarantees that he'll be nice to you.


(Above) All Rise: 10th Street District Court of Surf Justice is now in session, the
Honorable Judge RALPH presiding. CASE 171 BLATANT DROP IN OF THE WEEK-
Shot July 13, 2012. Click the photo to see the outcome of this Surf crime and the
verdict. Photo courtesy of the Internet.

CLICK ABOVE to read the WHOLE DAILY"Catch A Wave For Molly" BLOG. I started the campaign on July 26, 2010 and Ended July 26, 2011. I kept a daily digital blog, of each and every day. There's tons of photos too! It was an amazing adventure. And yes you can still donate to the MOLLY ROWLEE Fundraiser. Click it.


One year ago on July 26, 2011...a RECAP of the entire year.


(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.
Photo courtesy of the Internet


Today 2012 "Dude you almost pulled that off...NOT!"

(Above) That had to have hurt. But it sure was entertaining.
Photo via the Internet.

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