Got good surf epics?
Send em off to me directly.
(See link below) Just make sure
they're 650-700 pixels wide.
NO bigger NO smaller.

In fact if you have any questions about the
size, email me first and I'll write back.
Start shooting crackie!!
Ralph's Pic Of The Week

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week from past weeks click here.

July 6th, 2008

Happy Birthday America! Hope you all had a GREAT July 4th Independence Day Holiday!

I know I did. Took in the Fireworks on the beach and basically reminisced about the days when I was a kid, and our family went and saw the Fireworks on the beach. We were lucky. We always saw the Fireworks on, or near the beach. There's something about Fireworks illuminating out over the water, that reminds me of my childhood.

I think there's a bigger explosion when they go off out over water. Almost like an echo affect. And, if there's a little swell running, it just adds to the show. The bigger the surf, the less affect the exploding ordinance has. But a glassy small swell, on a clear night. Well, that's our Fourth of July here on the New England Seacoast.

I will say that I was slightly amused this Fourth of July when I witnessed a woman come running up to our local law enforcement and ask them, to tell the family next to her family, to stop lighting off sparklers, and other harmless firecrackers. Why was it amusing? The woman was from England.

Talk about sour grapes.

The 4th is for all ages. I could see the adults marveling at the pyrotechnics as well as the children. Celebrating our Nation's Birthday is really something spectacular. And it's celebrated by Americans all over the world. Ever wonder how our troops celebrate the 4th that are deployed in a combat zone? Well, I don't know about the troops today, but I can remember our CO letting us shoot off some Illumination rounds. We were on a hill and we let our LP's know what we were doing. We didn't exactly have any Fireworks per 'se, but we had some stuff that we could use to celebrate and not hurt anyone. If I remember correctly, it was uneventful.

I'm sure the bad guys were wondering what the hell was going on up on that hill that night.

I did see that some 1200 troops in Iraq re-enlisted on the 4th. That was impressive. I say, God Bless them all.

I was dead wrong last week. I mistakenly said we were experiencing a "Flat Spell". While there has not been a significant swell as of late, there has been surf. Or rather, small summer surf. I am a victim of my own writings. Somehow, because I needed to get work done, I convinced myself (and others) that the surf machine was broke, and there had not been a decent swell in weeks. When in fact, there were waves all over New England the last couple of weeks.

Not consecutive surf mind you, but sporadic surf here and there.

I know, cause I heard about it and I saw the remains on several days. I should practice what I preach. I need to re-open my eyes and reactivate my imagination and take a good long look at the ocean. I bet I'll find something.

Of course there's always TS Bertha...


I am sorry to report to you older surfers the passing of one of the great TV celebrities of all time. Larry Harmon passed away on July 3rd at the age of 83. Who the hell is Larry Harmon you ask? Well my friends, Larry was BOZO The Clown. Now, all you clown aficionados out there who think that KRUSTY the Clown on the Simpsons with that Red (Larry Fine) hair was the original Clown. Well, sorry kids. BOZO was. In fact, KRUSTY owes everything to BOZO.

Our world, is a less Clownish world today, without BOZO.

Lot's of local surfers, are either returning, or getting ready to head out on surf adventures. I would like to think, that you are all bringing your digi cameras with you. Take turns snapping off surf pics of each other. And when you get back send me the good ones. Just make sure they are 700 pixels wide.

I know that the Grondins are due home any day now from their Costa Rican trip. They along with Corey and Kyle Howard better have the goods I'm looking for. I know that Corey is getting a good handle on documenting his younger brother Kyle. And Kim has always shot Kevin and the kids. So I'm almost certain, that if they got surf, they'll get me the pics and you my surf starved friends, will see the results.

You know I did mention that there is a TS Bertha out in the Atlantic. I saw it on Friday, but have not seen any updates since. I guess I should check my sources before writing this stuff down. But even if it's a Tropical Depression by the time it gets up here, it bears watching.

Gee, I hope I didn't Jinx it again. Dam...sorry.

The deadline for the annual Ralph's Pic of the Week SURF ART Column is July 26 at 6PM. Remember NO photos. It's ALL art. And that means any medium. From every kind of paintings (Oil, Acrylic, watercolor etc etc) , pencil drawings, pen and ink sketches, markers, carvings, sculptures, wood block...finger painting, spray painting...are you getting this? Every kind of medium, except photography.

And they need to be in a digital file (JPEG) and they need to be the same size as the photos. 700 pixels. NO BIGGER and NO SMALLER. Again, are we clear? 700 Pixels wide.
And please, if you've submitted stuff in the past, don't send me the same piece. Give us something fresh to look at.

And it must be SURF RELATED. That's why it's called Surf it? I think you do. Start drawing, or finish up those paintings. Then snap a photo of your work, or get it scanned, then email it to me and on July 27 we'll show the rest of the world what you created.

Congrats to Vini's wife Ann...she caught her first wave ever yesterday and stood up the very first time. It's never too late
to try this thing of ours...surfing.

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


Yesterday 1983 Capn' Vince Shazam at Shazamland
(Below) Remember that Camouflage board? It was a statement of the past and a warning of our present state.
It was intimidating to strangers, and entertaining to friends. One thing's for sure, it was "Unforgettable".
Video Frame grab from Super8mm movie footage by SFOD.

2008 Today-July 1-6, 2008

(Above) New surf photographer Bryan Nicholson, went out and got himself a new water housing.
Here's some of his work for the week. *I know this guy, but can't remember his name.
Photo by Bryan Nicholson

(Above) Same guy, different angle.
Photo by Bryan Nicholson

(Above) Taken this week in clearly weak surf. Summer cruise.
Photo by Bryan Nicholsen

(Above) Turning and twisting into the July 4th weekend.
Photo by Bryan Nicholsen

(Above) Happy Birthday AMERICA! At the beach Fireworks July 4th 2008.
Photo by R. Fatello SFOD

(Above) Hampton Beach Fireworks July 4th, 2008.
Photo by R. Fatello SFOD

(Above) It was crowded but very orderly at the beach. Thanks to HPD and their consistent diligence in
crowd and traffic control. Hampton Beach Fireworks July 4th, 2008.
Photo by R. Fatello SFOD

(Above) My friend and fellow Veteran Bob Chaikin hangs this flag every July 4th on the side of his barn, down
near the ocean, up here on the seacoast. July 4th 2008.
Photo by R. Fatello SFOD

(Above) This photo was taken on Saturday July 5th at the Wall. Lenny calls these "Sun Secrets".
Photo by Lenny Nichols

(Above) Saturday July 5th, 2008. "Sun Secrets".
Photo by Lenny Nichols

(Above) Saturday July 5th, 2008. "Sun Secrets".
Photo by Lenny Nichols

(Above) Wednesday July 2nd 2008. You know where...looks like surf to me.
Photo courtesy of Life's A Beach

(Above) OK I had this suit hanging out in our driveway for our Yard Sale a couple of weeks ago. Mackey V
took one look at it and said "No way, I'm wearing this!" July 1st 2008 Fashion statement.
Photo by R. Fatello SFOD

(Above & Below) Longtime Hampton Local Barbara Savastano has opened a Hawaiian Shave Ice Stand
located right in JB's Bagel on Kingshighway in Hampton. Da Kine one local Hawaiian style Shave Ice is called "MAUNA KEA SHAVE ICE" it's right here in Hampton. Go Check it out Brah...REAL Hawaiian Shave Ice!
Open 11-30AM-8PM Friday-Saturday-Sunday!***Put your cursor over both images (above & Below).
Photo by C. Fatello SFOD

VIDEO by SFOD R. Fatello

(Above) CLICK ON Video (photo) Frame Grab of Vince Shazam. Shot in 1983...from
Video Frame grab by C. Fatello SFOD

2008 Today-More Surf From Your New England Coast

(Above) Matt Irwin smacks a summer lip at the Wall and deals with not using enough sunscreen. Looks like it
was worth it. Anytime we can peel off rubber- it's a good thing.
Photo by TJ Kelley

(Above) Back in May...we had offshore winds, and clean conditions.
Photo by Ed O'Connell

(Above) One guy, one peak. One day ,on the first day of May...
Photo by Ed O'Connell

(Above) Re-directing back to May...
Photo by Ed O'Connell

(Above) Some of you know my nephew Jesse. He's a surfer and a very talented musician. This is his son
Jaiden. He's 5 years old. Obviously Jesse is beyond stoked to be able to share this lifestyle with his son.
Put your cursor over the image to see MVF at age 5 and see the similarities.
Photos by Jesse (QWILL) and R. Fatello SFOD

Today 2008 "Hey Boys and Girls, Be Sure and Tell Your Pal KRUSTY that I was here long before his KRUSTY ass!"

Above) The late Larry Harmon...BOZO THE CLOWN. Rest in Peace Bozo.
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