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June 24th, 2012-Summer Solstice
The RUN is 13 out of 13 Weeks. Waist high or better, at least once a week. Waves were waist to chest Sunday thru Wednesday. June 17, 18, 19 and 20th, 2012 this week.




And just like that, it was Summer.

Like someone had hit a switch and turned Spring into Summer. And man was it ever hot on those first few days. Oh my God.
I mean come on. Are you kidding me? I don't know about you guys but I was prepping a couple of days in advance. No way I was getting caught in a heat wave.

I've been around the block a few times. I knew what I had to do.

And that was to get the AC primed and ready to kick in. And that's what I did before she hit on Wednesday. I checked all the vents, filters, and removed the cover from the condenser. Thanks to Tom Miller's handy work a couple of years ago, my central air system was just a matter of me plugging her in, and hitting the switch. If Mother Nature was going to bring on Summer like she did, Lil Ralphie was gonna be prepared. And we were.

After surfing for 3 hours on the first day of Summer in record breaking heat and humidity, I came home to a cool home. I have to chuckle at all my friends who said I was crazy for getting central air back when we first bought our home some 21 years ago. "You don't need AC, we're close enough to the ocean where we get a sea breeze. Besides we only have one or two days a summer when we really need AC."

I would look at them without blinking an eye and say "Bullshit!"

First of all, I've stood on the sand at the beach on some summer days and wished I had my own AC unit. And if we only get a couple of days a summer where we really need AC, well that's when I want it. I don't buy into the ocean theory of nature providing us with AC. Man provides us with AC. Or God does.
God created man, and man created AC. Thank you God.



(Above) My young year and half old Shorthair PATCH is not
smart enough to understand AC and how wonderful it is. But
he's smart enough to know that being inside on a 100 degree
day is much better than being outside. Here he is on Wednesday checking out the Heat Wave from the comfort of his Central
AC home.

Now I know what they mean by "It's a Dog's Life."

Turns out the first day of summer was also "International Surf Day." Now I guess I must of missed that one. Though it seems they have a day for everything and everyone. You know like 'bring your kid to work day,' or 'secretaries day,' or 'corn day,' Earth Day...etc etc. They have a day for every pastime on the planet. Ironically, there was surf on "Surf Day".

And there was not only surf, but good surf in great conditions.

I shared that day with a handful of friends that morning. Besides myself there was Terence Kirby and his son Michael. There was John Wheatley and my good friend Tony Beraradini. The day was magical. Not a cloud in the sky. The water was really warm, in the low 60's. And the surf? Well there had been surf for 3 days prior so that made it even more special.

But I am not gonna sugar coat it. It was hot and humid.

I hate hot and humid. Almost as much as I hate Mosquitoes and Green heads. But I knew, that after I was done surfing in these hot and humid conditions I would be heading for the cool comfort of my AC filled home. And that felt good just knowing that.



The waves we all shared that morning were perfect waist to occasional chest high. And they were perfect. We are so lucky to be able to experience all four seasons here. I mean just a week ago I was in my 4/3 and this week I was in my shortly. That's insane. But that's New England. We get it all.

Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall.

I joke with my friends asking them to remind me in the future about these magical days due to the fact that I am forgetting things more and more the older I get. No I do not have early onset of Alzheimer's, nor am I senile. I am just plain forgetting stuff. And surf sessions, like the one I had on Wednesday, are clearly worth remembering.

It sure did seem and feel like summer all over the seacoast.

My son is a Lifeguard on the Main Beach and the Wall and he said it was as busy as it gets down there. Typical stuff. Mostly kids coming in from inland cities and towns and doing a bit too much celebrating the First Day Of Summer. There were a few minor altercations, intoxication, and the wayward boogie boarder. But nobody got hurt. So it was a good kick off to summer 2012.

But we are just getting warmed up (pun intended).



There's a whole lot of summer to go before this thing is finally over. Be smart out there. Don't drink on the beach. And PLEASE Don't BREAK Any Bottles On Our Beaches! PLEASE! If I see, or catch anyone breaking bottles on any of our beaches, I will personally recycle your ass from whence you came from.

Happy Summer Everyone!





 

 

 




The surf community came out this morning on Seabrook Beach and participated in the 2nd Annual Walk For Linda Jo Paugh. Linda was a Surfer from Seabrook who was married to Mike Paugh of ZAPSTIX and who passed on December 6, 2010 from Ovarian Cancer. Linda was a special person and for those of us who knew her personally she is still missed.

It was a nice gathering of surfers and non surfers as we all walked the 3 mile walk in her memory. The event is put on each year by Teresa Quinn (Mike's sister) and her husband Bobby who make this happen two years running now.

Teresa and Bobby have hearts of Gold. And the love and compassion they have for Linda and Mike are quite evident.

Mike and I have spoken about a Memorial Surfer Paddle for Linda in the past and when we come up with a date and location I will let you all know. Linda was a Surfer who spent most of her life around surfing. The paddle will more than likely be on Seabrook Beach. Again, once Zappy and I work on a date we will notify you all.

This is the board that Mary Callahan has offered to a YOUNG GROM who has NO father and would like to try surfing. Get in touch with me and I will help you get this board.



Click on the photo above to see a larger version of this FREE board. There must be one young boy or girl who has no dad that wants to try surfing. This is a FREE Board!


Now for Some Of My Weekly Global Observances:

Poor Kalid Sheik Mohammed (KSM) the Mastermind behind 9/11 must
be freaking out down in GITMO with all this heat. I mean, how do you keep cool with all that Beast hair? I wonder if KSM and his cell mates groom each other?

You know, like do they spend time in their cells talking about the good old days of living in the dusty caves of Afghanistan, while they take turns grooming the bugs and lice out of their beastly hair?

What else can you do while waiting for this trial to end?



Note to self: Must pick up a Weed Whacker at Home Depot.

So Lebron got his ring...and honestly? He did it with the insane B-ball skills he has. I mean that guy is a monster on the court. So good for you King James and your Miami Heat.

Speaking of monsters. Coach Sandusky was found GUILTY on 44 of the 48 charges against him. The former Penn State assistant Football coach was charged with molesting young boys for many years while hiding behind his coaching crown. Evil SOB.

Mr Sandusky, you will spend the rest of your life behind bars.

And you will spend an eternity in hell. Unless the devil himself tosses you out of the furnace room. But I wouldn't count on that. I'd prepare
for that heat wave if I were you. Don't forget the sunscreen Coach.

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Yesterday- Ralph, Wilmon, and JT Winter January 1979
(Below) This guy was so shy in front of the camera. He was always trying to hide his big smile. He was such a big help to John "JT" Taylor and I as he helped carry our boards up and down that near vertical hill we stayed at. Ellie's camp sat high on the cliff overlooking this pristine view of the bay below. It was quite the walk up and down that hill. Wilmon was there to assist JT and I and we paid him well. That trip was a special trip on so many levels. The 10' swell, the perfect conditions, and the life long friends we made. Like the guy who took this photo. We are still very good friends today. Photo by Jeff Chamberlain



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TODAY ... all the photos below were taken this week, unless otherwise noted.

Today- The First Day Of Summer...June 20, 2012 Photos by RALPH



(Above) Tom Hay washing the nicotine out of his hair. Wednesday June 20, 2012.
Photo By RALPH * Click on the photo above to see the Whole gallery.




(Above) Young Elliott Anderson duck diving what looks to him like Cloudbreak at
the Wall on Wednesday June 20, 2012.
Photo By RALPH * Click on the photo above to see the Whole gallery.












(Above) Riffe racing down the line before his next lesson. Wednesday June 20, 2012.
Photo By RALPH * Click on the photo above to see the Whole gallery.



Today- The First Full Day Of Summer...June 21, 2012
Photos by Brian Nevins

 



(Above) Who among us does not like the Mini wave? Thursday June 21, 2012.
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y NEVINS * Click on the photo above to see a larger version




(Above) Imagine being six inches tall. Thursday June 21, 2012.
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y NEVINS * Click on the photo above to see a larger version



Today- The Last Day Of Spring...June 19, 2012 Photos by RALPH



(Above)
Bob McNeil get's one last Spring wave before Summer. June 19, 2012.

Photo B
y RALPH * Click on the photo above to see the Whole gallery.




(Above)
James get's his first wave in NH in many years. June 19, 2012.

Photo B
y RALPH * Click on the photo above to see the Whole gallery.




(Above) Unknown the last day of Spring. June 19, 2012.
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y RALPH * Click on the photo above to see the Whole gallery.





(Above)
Ryan Jackson get's one last Spring hop before Summer. June 19, 2012.

Photo B
y RALPH * Click on the photo above to see the Whole gallery.












Today- The Final Days of Spring...June 18, 2012
Photos by Ed O'Connell


(Above) Zac Powell from NC was out surfing the first waves he's ever surfed North
of Virginia. Tuesday June 18, 2012.
Photo By Ed O'Connell
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(Above) Unknown woman slightly over dressed gets a fun left at the Wall.
Tuesday June 18, 2012.
Photo By Ed O'Connell
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(Above) Kevin "Doc" Grondin on the tip. June 18, 2012. Photo By Ed O'Connell
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(Above) Matt Colby throwing some serious buckets. Tuesday June 18, 2012.
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y Ed O'Connell * Click on the photo above to see the Whole gallery.






(Above) Signs of summer. Ralph. Matt, and Max. Tuesday June 18, 2012.
Photo By Ed O'Connell
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Today- The Sequences From June 18, 2012 Photos by RALPH



(Above)
Kevin can work that longboard as good as anybody. June 18, 2012.

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y RALPH * Click on the photo above to see the Whole gallery.







(Above) Matt Colby midway thru a series of twists and turns. June 18, 2012.
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y RALPH * Click on the photo above to see the Whole gallery.


Today- The other shots From June 18, 2012 Photos by RALPH




(Above) Unknown on a smooth glassy day. June 18, 2012.
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y RALPH * Click on the photo above to see the Whole gallery.









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Today- Father's Day June 17, 2012 Photos by RALPH



(Above) Dave Cain a father and grandfather get's his Father's Day Wave.
June 17, 2012.
Photo By RALPH
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SURF ART Exhibit at The Provident Bank in Hampton, NH
Now Thru August 2012
Photos by Ed O'Connell





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.

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Today- The Walk For Linda "Jo" Paugh ...June 23, 2012
Photos by RALPH





(Above) The local community gathered at Zapstix this morning to walk in memory
of one of our own. Linda Paugh was a surfer. She was married to Mike Paugh.
This was the 2nd annual walk for Linda. Thanks to Teresa and Bobby Quinn.
June 23, 2012.

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y RALPH * Click on the photo above to see the Whole gallery.














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[LORNE] Foam Day from Alexander Cleland on Vimeo.

5th June, 2012: We gathered for the morning surf check at
Lorne Point, then my mates Jack and Moona suggested we hit north Lorne to see if the conditions were right for "Foam Day". The stunning display occurred thanks to the raw swell agitating the water, strong southeasterly winds and over 150 millimetres
of rain washing down a large amount of organic material into the turbid waters of Louttit Bay. We only get to observe this phenomenon every few years, and this was the most impressive we had seen so it was a easy choice to wettie up and get the cameras out. I'd like to credit Jack's rad camera skills for the pioneering concept of "foam tunnel" vision that was captured.

Track is "Sail" by Ash Grunwald (originally by Awolnation) from the album "Trouble's Door" (2012).

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


From the Surf Free Or Die Movie THE WALL 2000-2001
This clip features Stevie O'Hara surfing his "FREAK" in the
summer of 2000 and then in the winter of 2001. His surfing
has always been amazing to watch and document. I have
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(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
becomes
invisible.*Put the cursor over the photo to see the Real image.
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Today 2012 "You going...?"



(Above) Probably photoshopped. But these days? Who the hell knows? Put it
this way I wouldn't be surprised if this was real.
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