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March 27th, 2011-The NEW RUN is 5 out Of 5 Weeks.
Waist high or better at least once a week. The Surf from Tuesday to Friday
was clearly waist high and better...hell it was head high and better.


I'm a REAL Soul Surfer. I'm not sure what the Wikipedia definition of a Soul Surfer is, but I don't really need to know. I know that I am a REAL Soul Surfer. And my definition might very well be significantly different than theirs. But for all intents and purposes, my definition of a 'Soul Surfer" is pretty basic.

I surf for that pure natural sensation that only surfing can provide for my state of mind.

I surf alone. I surf with friends. I surf in crowds. I surf with others of all skill levels from the very beginner "kookdom stages" to the very best there is. Heck, I even surf with SUPS. However, I have never surfed in an organized contest and allowed myself to be judged by those of lesser skill, and knowledge of surfing. Though, I have spent many wonderful days, and countless hours at contests. I support the contest scene. Especially the local contests. But for me personally, surfing is like art. You can't judge it.

But to clarify this statement. It's not that I just discovered this NEW reality. Hardly, it's just that this week I surfed for four straight days, in head high or better waves, either completely alone, or with one other guy. That's the truth. That's soul surfing. By the way, in case any of you think I am just discovering this "Inner me" it's not true. I've been a soul surfer my entire surfing life. That's a long time. Seeing how I started surfing in 1964.

I even named one of my 16 local Surf movies "Surfing The Soul".

And since 1964, I have never, ever, had a photograph of me ever doing the coveted "Soul Arch". Or rather, the "Soul Arch Bottom Turn". Until this past Friday that is. Let me tell you about it. If you don't mind.

I was out surfing with Brian Nevins at a local reef, and we were both just having the time of our lives out there. I consider Brian a Soul Surfer as well. Any ways, to make a long story short, who should show up with his 500mm NIKON but Ed O'Connell himself. Now Ed is old school like me. In fact, I believe Ed started surfing either a year before me, or two years, I forget which one. But Ed knows the history of surfing as well as anyone.

The "Soul Arch" was made popular in the late 50's and early 60's. My favorite Surfer of that time period was Phil Edwards. He was the King of the Soul Arch. He was at the time the "Kelly Slater" of his time period. He was doing things on a surfboard, that no one else was doing. And he had done a million soul arches in his time. There were plenty of others back then as well. Kemp Aaberg, Miki Dora, and dozens of others who did "Soul Arches". Then the bronze Aussie himself P.T. Townend came along in the 70's, and re-invented the Soul Arch. As did Gerry Lopez.

So my point is the "Soul Arch" has been around for quite sometime.

Look I'm not going to tell you all that the "Soul Arch" is one of my moves when surfing. Because it is not. In fact if anything, the "Soul Arch" for me, comes out of a natural laid back and relaxed, "Soul Surfer" mind set. It's not like I consciously think about it. It just happens. It's a true natural feeling. And on Friday morning, surfing with Brian, I did several soul arches because, it just felt right.

And wouldn't you know it, Ed captured one. And it was a good one.

When I saw the photo it brought me back in time. I was blown away by it. There I was some 47 years after I started surfing, staring at my first ever soul arch captured on film.
I honestly didn't realize I knew how to actually do one without looking like a kook. I mean, you have to lean back pretty far and look relaxed and cool. It's easier said than done. But I was looking at this photo, and it was the soul arch bottom turn. Whoa.

It was like I'd come full circle in my surfing.

Then I wondered to myself. Did I warrant such a photo? Am I deserving of such an image? I mean who the hell am I? Phil Edwards, Kemp Aaberg, Miki Dora, Joe Roper, PT and now...RALPH? Nah, I'm not worthy to be in that same category. But for me and my little surf world, I looked at that photo and felt a connection to my youth. And back when I was a kid, there were no DVD's. No VCR's. No internet. No nothing except magazines and books. The only surf movies we ever saw, came every summer and we saw them at the local Fire Station, outside on an old movie projector. We could never watch good surfers surf good waves and study their moves, because there was nothing to allow us to do that. It was just mags and books.

But I wouldn't change those days for anything. It was a wonderful time to be a surfer.

I can remember as a kid reading Phil Edward's book "You should of been here an hour ago"...staring at those photos for hours on end. I still have that book somewhere...I went looking for it so I could use one of the black and white photos for my yesterday shot this week. But I couldn't find it anywhere.

Of course, I'll find it later after I upload the column. DOH.

But I'm clearly posting Ed's photo. And the almost 20,000 readers in 83 different countries who read this blog will be able to see it for themselves. Ralph's First Ever Soul Arch Bottom turn photograph. And now thanks to Ed O'Connell, the world will be able to see, that I am in fact, a REAL Soul Surfer. I'm getting a little weepy here.

Speaking of weepy, today is a bittersweet day for me and my family.

Our youngest of three children turns 16 years old. Wow. Noelle is 16 today. It does seem like yesterday that we all went off to the hospital to wait for the arrival of our new member of our family. We had no idea what the baby was going to be. A boy or a girl? We had been wrong both times before that with Gabby and Max. And as it turned out, we were wrong again. We were going to name the baby "Joe " after my late best friend Joe, if it was a boy. But Joe quickly became Noelle when she was born. And she's been an absolute joy ever since. Happy Birthday Noelle. Sweet sixteen.

So why is today bittersweet? Well today is also my late father's birthday. Gus passed away in 2000. It's also my late uncle Angelo's birthday. He was my father's younger brother. It was always neat celebrating all three family members birthday together.
So Happy Birthday Noelle. And Happy Birthday Dad and Uncle Angelo.




HAPPY 16th BIRTHDAY NOELLE. Photo by GABBY

Today when I catch my wave, I'll catch one for each of you.

Now for some of my Weekly Global Observances:
The GLOBAL WAR ON TERRORISM is in full swing this week. As the US and our Allies are bombing the snot out of K-Daffy's tanks and troops. And the rest of the Middle East is unraveling as I write this. These are not stable times. NATO is taking control at the end of the week. But the NATO commander is US Military. So...I don't know, but I do care.

I will not be like the BUSH BASHERS were, and get on Obama's case while we are at war. That's not conducive to fighting this endless war on Terrorism. The President needs our support. I may not like him, but I certainly support him and the office of the Presidency. I would hope that all Americans do the same. And believe me, the troops who are doing the REAL fighting need your support as well.

Japan's woes are never ending. However, their resolve is a true example of how to get things done. They will work together and get it done. And we should all watch and learn to see how things really get done.

So we lost a couple of female Icons this week. Elizabeth Taylor at 79 and Geraldine Ferraro at 75. Elizabeth Taylor was something else. From National Velvet to Cleopatra and her 8 husbands. She was Hollywood. A true celebrity who kept the world watching her every move. And Ferraro? Well, she was the first VP female candidate. She ran with Mondale against Reagan. They both lost and lost big but Geraldine was the first. Sarah Palin should be sending her flowers today...

The wacky celeb loser this week goes to Chris Brown who went crazy on Good Morning America this week when he attacked a dressing room and broke some windows after being asked about his problem with his ex-girlfriend and his restraining order. Damn Chris, people just want to know how you are coping. Guess we all know now.

And finally we had a Charlie Sheen sighting. He stormed on the set of JIMMY KIMMEL this week and kissed Jimmy...I don't know what's wrong with Charlie, but he sure is entertaining. Keep your eyes and ears open. Charlie's not done yet. Winning.


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COMING SOON on APRIL 15th, 2011 It is "RALPH's PIC OF THE WEEK" 8th Year Anniversary! We started this weekly blog on April 15th, 2004.

Happy Birthday to our youngest daughter NOELLE Sweet 16 today March 27th!
Happy Birthday Mikey Moran April 2nd!
Happy Birthday David Robinson April 2nd.
Happy Birthday Don Rose April 2nd.
Rest in Peace Liz Taylor at age 79.
Rest In Peace Geraldine Ferraro at age 75.

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Yesterday 1961 Kemp Aaberg's Soul Arch...
(Below) The soul arch was a popular move for all the stylish surfers in the 60's. From Phil Edwards, Miki Dora, Kemp Aaberg and on. Then the 70's came and Lopez, PT and California Joe Roper brought it back. It is still pleasing to see. Photo by Bruce Brown


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Today- March 25th, 2011 Ralph's Modern Day Soul Arch.
Photos By Ed O'Connell

(Above) It may not be as classic as the older images. But it's a soul arch. And it's my first ever captured of me doing one. Friday March 25, 2011.
Photo By Ed O'Connell
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(Above) Brian Nevins and I shared these waves for two hours. Just he and I.
. Friday March 25, 2011.
Photo By Ed O'Connell
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(Above) A beautiful empty wave. Friday March 25, 2011. Photo By Ed O'Connell
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Today- After Four Days. March 25th, 2011
Photos By RALPH



(Above) Such a pretty day. Friday March 25th, 2011.
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(Above) Unknown at the Wall. Friday March 25th, 2011.
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(Above) Another Unknown at the Wall. Friday March 25th, 2011.
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Today- March 23rd, 2011-More Local Action.
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(Above)
Lenny Nichols at that spot. March 23, 20111.
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(Above) I think this is Sashi Lyford... March 23, 20111.
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(Above) Unknown slotted on March 23, 20111.
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Today- Ralph's Local pics of March 23rd, 2011
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(Above) Kai Nichols in the over exposed peak spot. March 23, 2011.
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(Above) No one out here... March 23, 2011.
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(Above) Unknown. March 23, 2011. Photo By RALPH
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Today- Ralph's Pics of March 22nd, 2011
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(Above) A tube with a view. March 22, 2011. Photo By RALPH
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(Above) Sea Terns at the Wall. March 22, 2011. Photo By RALPH
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(Above) Unknown Wall. March 22, 2011. Photo By RALPH
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(Above) Ryan Schnell sequence March 22, 2011. Photos By RALPH
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Today- Ed O'Connell's Pics of March 22nd, 2011
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(Above) Ryan Schnell barrel. March 22nd, 2011.
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(Above) Michael Sander barrel. March 22nd, 2011.
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Today- Week Of MOLLY's Waves March 20-26th, 2011
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The Dancing Ralph
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Ok, it's a good thing I can laugh at myself.
This is pretty funny. I feel like dancing.



RUN REDUX with Ralph playing a double tracked solo version of "Watchtower" from Ralph's Pic Of The Week on Vimeo.

OK so I bought this little device called a Zoom and I recorded myself live playing my strat and singing. Then I went back and recorded over it and laid down another guitar track and vocal track...and well, came up with this sort of Reggae Funky version of a song that I've always loved. All Along The Watchtower.

The video and soundtrack are from my last movie the RUN REDUX that is available in the shops and on the surffreeordie.com site.

Hope you dig this new version of a song that has been covered by thousands of artists.

Ralph




 






(Above) All Rise: 10th Street District Court of Surf Justice is now in session, the
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FROM COAST TO COAST...March 25th, 2011


(Above) From the East Coast on Friday March 25th, 2011. Photo by Kevin Doherty
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(Above) One of Kevin's buddies... Friday March 25th, 2011. Photo by Kevin Doherty
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(Above) From the West Coast on Friday March 25th, 2011. Photo by Steve Dillon
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(Above) From Out West on Friday March 25th, 2011. Photo by David Powers
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(Above) West Coast pier action on Friday March 25th, 2011. Photo by Steve Dillon
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(Above) Lenny Nichols seacoast images from this past week. March 25th, 2011.
COMING NEXT WEEK! Photo by Lenny Nichols
 

(Above) Kai Nichols from this past week. March 25th, 2011.
COMING NEXT WEEK! Photo by Lenny Nichols

(Above) Kai Nichols from this past week. March 25th, 2011.
COMING NEXT WEEK! Photo by Lenny Nichols




(Above) Casey Lockwood in the snow...this past week. March 25th, 2011.
COMING NEXT WEEK! Photo by Lenny Nichols

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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
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Today 2011
"He ain't heavy- he's my fellow photographer"




(Above) Brian Nevins appears to be lifting my board up by the nose. He's actually hooting me. This was a special Soul Session for the both of us. March 25, 2011.
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