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March 6th, 2011-The NEW RUN is TWO out Of TWO Weeks.
Waist high or better at least once a week. The Surf on Monday 2-28-2011 was easily waist high and better. And so was Saturday, March 5th.

Yancy Spencer's dead. I know that sounds crude. But I just found out last week that Yancy Spencer had passed away. He died while surfing at Malibu. I did not know Yancy personally. But I knew of him for as many years as I can remember. I followed his career in the magazines. I never saw him surf in person. It was just photos. Always it seemed on the Gulf Coast. I'd read his ads for his Surf Shop Inner Light and see that his two sons and daughter were following in his footsteps. In a way, we sort of mirrored the surfing lifestyle. Yancy in the Gulf Coast and me up here in Northern New England.

The big difference between us was, he was a competitor, while I on the other hand have never entered a single contest. Still I followed his career. Yancy was 60 yrs old.

He started surfing in 1965. I found all this out recently after learning of his passing. He had found Jesus and had fully accepted him into his life at an early age. And like most who have walked that same path, his life was fulfilled. The thought that he had been surfing when he passed is in a way, special. Unlike Andy Irons who passed away in a Dallas Hotel Room by himself. Yancy was out surfing on a beautiful day, on perfect waves. As a surfer you have to smile at that. I guess if any of us had a choice, as to how and where we would spend our last moments on earth, my guess is, 90% of us would choose surfing in the ocean.

Yancy spent his last moments on this earth, surfing Malibu.

I do not know what the conditions were like that last day. But I read that he had called his daughter and told her "that it was a beautiful day". His last words to one of his kids was talking about the surf. Why did he die? Why did Yancy Spencer, who just a few months earlier have his doctor tell him that he had the heart of a 30 year old suddenly die of a massive heart attack? I don't have the answer. I do know, that life can be so fleeting. And we all really don't know when our time is up. Yancy Spencer died while surfing perfect waves. That sounds like a blessing to me.

Rest in peace Yancy Spencer.

Like that 16yr old High School Basketball player Wes Leonard who died last week shooting the game winning basket in Michigan. Clearly he died doing what he loved. But again, that is just the most tragic story. To lose your life at such a young age. His teammates were so distraught on TV. It was hard to watch. God rest his soul and provide comfort to the family and friends of that star Basketball player.

This was a week of sad news. Leroy Grannis a Surf/Photographer pioneer passed away and Jimmy Blears a Hawaiian surf legend also passed from this earth. Leroy "Grannie" Grannis lived a good long life. I mean he started surfing in 1935. He was 93 when he passed. That's a good run. Anytime you can reach 90 and keep going that's living your life to the fullest. He had a distinct lens that he called the Bazooka. It was a long black lens that went on forever. Any surf photographer worth his salt should tip their hats to Grannis. He helped pave the way for a lot of surf photogs. Rest in Peace Grannie.

Jimmy Blears was a longtime Lifeguard at Sunset and a respected surfer on Hawaii's North Shore. He was 62. I can remember seeing photos of Blears in the mags back in the 60's and 70's. He was a competitor. He won the World Championships in 1972 at Oceanside California. It's funny how you think that certain Surfers will live forever. Jimmy died in his sleep in Hawaii. Rest in Peace Jimmy.

This column is becoming " The Obituary Column". Because I am not done yet.

There are three local passing's that I need to bring up. First, because I am a pet owner, I feel for anyone who loses a pet. Especially if I knew the pet. My good friend Tony Berardini lost his Bernese Mountain dog "Blue" last week. Blue was such a loving Bernie. She was 9 years old when she passed. She never knew that she was an adult dog. Blue thought she was a puppy her whole life. She was a good dog. Rest in Peace Blue. Run those beaches in heaven and don't worry about Tony...just keep running.

My good friend Ansell Palmer passed away this week. I went to visit him at the rehab center where he was going through a rough time. I dropped off a card for him. He never opened his eyes the whole time I was there. He was transitioning from this world to the next. I saw it and recognized it clearly. He was 91 years old. Ansell lived a good life. He was a WWII veteran who's sister Rita also a WWII Vet made history. His sister Rita was a Nurse in the Philippines when she was captured by the Japanese. Her story was made into a movie. She was badly wounded but survived the whole ordeal. Ansell was so proud of his sister. She passed away in 2002. Rest in Peace Ansell.

Finally, this past week another tragic loss. Local surfer Drew Clark lost his sister Kristen "Clark" Rhoades in a snowmobile accident. The details are not yet available, but early reports have Kristen's sled suddenly accelerated and hitting the side of a car port. She was thrown from her sled and hit a tree. She was killed instantly. Our thoughts and prayers go out to our dear friend Drew and his family over this loss. I know I've written this a million times in the past. But I'll write it again for my friend Drew...

..."Surfing Heals All Wounds."

Drew if you're reading this, you need to get out into the ocean and let her heal you. It won't be instantaneous, but a gradual healing. Let the water rush over you. Become one with the ocean and a higher calling. Whether it's Jesus, God, or something else. Let the powers that be, help guide you back to a place, to where smiles and laughter of your sister Kristen, fill your heart and soul. And know, that she is home again.

May all the souls of those who passed away this past week, rest in peace.

Now for some of my Weekly Global Observances:
Wait did our President actually say something about Qaddafi Duck in Libya? He did. President Obama came out (finally) and said that Looney Bird Khaddaffi must step
down. He even ordered ships with Combat Ready Marines into the region. Maybe someone slipped the President a copy of the report of the PAN AM 103 Lockerbie Bombing? That NUT job Kaddaffi had his hands all over that Terrorist Act.

Americans were killed on that plane. Don't forget that.

The whole Middle East is erupting as the domino affect of Freedom and democracy has taken hold. I think President Obama is realizing with each passing week, just how much of a drag it really is to be president. I mean, who wants that job? And honestly? I don't see anyone on the horizon who can fix things. Both at home and abroad.

Watching all this madness on TV is disheartening. Thank God for surfing.

Speaking of Looney Birds, can we give it up for the King of Celebs? Charlie "Winning"Sheen! That was some entertaining programming last week. I'm not really a big Reality TV fan but I have to admit watching Charlie was amusing. Look I know he has issues. He's a substance abuser. He's got some serious brain rewiring needed, but I found him to be funny at times. I kept bursting out with laughter with each interview.

I have to admit, that I find the whole celebrity thing amusing as it is. Like they actually mean something and have something important to say. They don't. They are in the entertainment business. And I found Charlie Sheen's rants last week very entertaining. I have never watched a single episode of Two and Half men. Not a single one. But I would watch Charlie being Charlie a few more times. Am I right people?

If you can take anything out of last weeks crazy ass rants it's the positive "WINNING" theory. I don't know if youth coaches will be quoting Charlie in the Locker rooms across the country but he does make a valid point about winning. Maybe the Marine Corps can use some of his words of wisdom as motivation going into combat. He did say WINNING with Violence. That's combat.

"Look Marines, I want you to take out the Taliban with WINNING VIOLENCE!"

OK last week I cursed the four Americans who died at the hands of those Scrawny assed Somalian Pirates. My wife thought I was a bit too harsh on them. Maybe I was. But then the news of the Danish family came on the TV. Once again a family has been captured by Pirates in Somalia. Only this time they had children with them. Look does anyone out there who own big sailing yachts not realize that Somalia is a BAD sailing destination? Hello? What the hell is going on? STAY AWAY FROM SOMALIA!

If I were President Obama I would have our ships patrol that coast and have our fighter jets just cruise up and down the coast and take out ALL the pirates. I mean Pirates? Poor Johnny Depp. He must be all upset with this bad publicity about Pirates. Those Somali Pirates are giving Hollywood Pirates a bad name.

Speaking of Terrorists. That attack on US Servicemen in Frankfurt this past week? Yea, well that was an act of Terrorism. Anytime some loser shouts out "Allah Arkbar!" While shooting at Americans? Yea, that's Terrorism. Call it what it is. Terrorism.

Finally it occurred to me that the ultimate Reality TV show would be to have Momar Qadaffi interview Charlie Sheen with the Somali Pirates providing security. Be a whole new take on a Maury Povicth type show. The "Qaddaffi Duck Show" with Guest Host Charlie Sheen.

Now that's a Pay Per View that I think we can all agree on.

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GO SEE THE SURFERS Skate against the BOSTON BRUINS Alumni on Sunday March 13th at the Whittemore Center at UNH. See the poster on this column! This is to BENEFIT The MOLLY Fund!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY Jane McCarthy March 5th, 2011!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY Erin Mace March 6th, 2011!
Rest In Peace BLUE, beloved Bernese Mountain Dog of Tony Berardini.
Rest In Peace Yancy Spencer III longtime surfer and all around good guy.
Rest In Peace Leroy "Grannie" Grannis Surf Photog Pioneer.
Rest In Peace Jimmy Blears Hawaiian Surfer/lifeguard.
Rest In Peace Kristen "Clark" Rhoades sister of local Hampton Surfer Drew Clark.

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(Below) My Wooly monkey JoJo damn near ruined my life. It was one of the absolute worst decisions of my life. If someone in your family ever thinks about buying a monkey for any reason, tell them this from me. "DON'T EVER BUY A MONKEY!" We don't have enough time to talk about why. Suffice it to say...Leave the Monkeys and Apes in the Jungle. Photo by Gus Fatello

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Today- March 5th, 2011 ...Messy But Waist High (at least).
Photos By RALPH

(Above) Johnny Reynolds on a wave that is clearly bigger than waist high.
Saturday March 5th, 20111
Photo By RALPH
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(Above) From yesterday. Tom Shapiro's waist high proof. March 5, 2011.
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Today- March 5th, 2011 GOLDEN Hawaiian BARREL
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(Above) From yesterday. What a beautiful photograph from one of the World's BEST.
Bernie Baker. Somewhere in Hawaii. March 5,
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Today-March 1st, 2011. The Longboard Sesh.
Photos By Ed O'Connell

(Above) This guy's name is Neil. Ed calls him Ninth Street Neil. I guess because he always surfs...(Class?) Bam! 9th Street! March 1st, 2011. Photo By Ed O'Connell
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(Above) This guy's name is Ralph. Ed calls him Ralph. I guess because he always surfs...(Class?) Bam! Ralph's Rights! March 1st, 2011. Photo By Ed O'Connell
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(Above) This guy's name is
Unknown. Because we don't know who he is...but he's
inside that little
9th Street tube! March 1st, 2011. Photo By Ed O'Connell
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TODAY- RALPH's LEFTOVERS from Last Weekend...
February 26, 2011

(Above) Kai Nichols under the 10th Street lip. February 26, 2011 Photo By RALPH
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(Above) Unknown deeply embedded at 10th Street. February 26, 2011 Photo By RALPH
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I love the Empty wave...February 26, 2011 Photo By RALPH
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TODAY- February -2011 Ben Ginsberg's Westy SEQUENCES

(Above) Josh Hoyer in a stunning stand up barrel sequence.
February 2011
Photos By Ben Ginsberg
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(Above) Christian Saenz insane backside attack sequence.

February 2011
Photos By Ben Ginsberg
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(Above) Bobby Okvist
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(Above) Andrew Dohney in an INSANE CRAZY Barrel sequence. Check it.

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Today-The Molly Week Monday February 28-March 5-2011

(Above) My foot series continues...March 3, 2011. Photo By RALPH
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(Above) This is Ed Shooting Neil. March 1st,, 2011.
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The Duke of surf.... The YANCY SPENCER Video from his Nephew
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NEW RUN REDUX Trailer with QWILL and TODO BIEN Tunes

OK here's a cool clip with the father and son team of Kevin and Kody Grondin. The music is by QWILL and TODO BIEN. Both bands work well with this clip. In fact, both bands are featured throughout this whole movie.

Seems like these bands are always playing together as well. Every time I turn around they are playing some gig together.

Cool tunes with a cool clip from the full length feature.
the RUN REDUX from Surf Free Or Die and RPOTW.

Hope y'all dig it...



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...


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 #99 BLATANT DROP IN OF
THE WEEK-The BDI case. CLICK and SEE the verdict.
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(Above) Back in the day Michael Baytoff was one of the BEST Surf Photographers. We nick named him IRON BALLS because he survived a vicious wipeout at Log Cabins on Hawaii's North Shore in the late 80's. He is sitting on a vault of good images from the 70's and 80's. Maybe this is the start of seeing what he has. Photo By Michael Baytoff
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(Above) A great New Jersey shot from lensmaster Iron Balls Baytoff.
Photo By Michael Baytoff

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(Above) Kai Nichols from last Saturday. Ron Stella the photographer had to have been standing near me because we have almost the same shots. Only his quality is much better that what I was shooting. Good stuff Ron. Photo By Ron Stella
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(Above) Rick Evans from the same session. Saturday February 26, 2011
Photo By Ron Stella

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(Above) Unknown shot TODAY March 6th, 2011. COMING NEXT WEEK!
Photo by RALPH

(Above) Unknown Goofy foot shot TODAY March 6th, 2011. COMING NEXT WEEK!
Photo by RALPH

(Above) The Sunny morning of the first of March. COMING NEXT WEEK!
Photo by RALPH

(Above) The First of March. COMING NEXT WEEK!
Photo by RALPH

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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
invisible.*Put the cursor over the photo to see the Real image.
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Today 2011
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