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November 22nd, 2015 The RUN is 2 out of 2 Weeks

There were Great waves on the 20th and waist high
on the 21st. Still an early fall feel in the air
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EASTIE Go WESTIE. How a handful of 60 something year old surfers made a dream come true for one of the tribe.

Not sure how many of you remember last December when I wrote about my friends (surfers) from California flying out here to surprise me. And man was I ever surprised. They pulled off a covert mission with the help of friends here, and my wife Cory, that was nothing short of a CIA- NAVY SEAL mission. I was still going through treatments and not having a very good time about it. I had one more shot (a clinical trial at MGH) that I would attempt in the summer of 2015.

It would be my 4th time trying to beat this.

Well long story short, I beat that shit that was trying to kill me. And I'm convinced, that a big part of the reason I did, was because of these friends of mine who flew all the way out here to see me. How lucky
am I to have friends like this?



It changed my attitude overnight. The WESTIES are the best
.

Jeff Chamberlain, Doug Hendry, Sam George, Rocky Vanucci, Steve "Wheels" Wheeler, and Robert Gerard. I'll never forget that for as long as I live. Just unbelievable. During their whirlwind visit, we did everything from showing them the entire NH coastline, eating at Flatbread, visiting my Eastie friends, to going surfing. Keep in mind these guys have never been here before, let alone surf here. But they did just that. And more.



My close friends (EASTIES) and these guys hit it off the moment we introduced them to each other. Not to sound too corny but, this "Tribe" of ours is for real. It knows no boundaries. It has no negative vibes. We are all surfers. And that's enough to create a bond between us. And this bond is true. Again long story short. My EASTIES and my WESTIES became instant friends. Tony Berardini, Dave Cropper, Johnny Meehan, Kevin Grondin, Jay Gould, Jack Keefe, and of course, my wife Cory and son Mackey. Bonded for life.

When surfers get together they talk surf. And they talk surf trips. Well, we made some plans. As surfers always do. And though there was nothing concrete, it was still out there. On the back burner.

I know most of you are still in relatively good shape and condition. Spoiler alert. That shit
doesn't last forever. You will get old. And you will break down. It happens to the best of us. Aside from Kelly Slater, most pro surfers are done by their 30's. Surfing can, and will, do a number on a few of the body parts that we need to... well, surf. But that does not mean you have to stop surfing. Oh hell no. There are plenty of ways to continue riding waves. Plenty.



And my Westies are living proof of that. Paipo boards and Stand Up Paddle boards are two ways to continue surfing. And these guys have it all wired. And I'm not at all surprised. There's enough history and culture between Jeff and Sam alone to fill a library. And let me just say, these guys leave no stone unturned. When they get into something, they do it with both feet in. Or is it head first? Either way, you get my drift. Their shit is together.

So these guys have mastered all the ways to have fun in our "golden years". Wait, that sounds ancient. I'm talking about being in your sixties. Old enough to feel the pain, but young enough to stay in the game. After all, we're surfers. And surfers, will surf until there's
nothing left.

So pay attention here kids.

Last month my man Tony Berardini ( who is from San Diego originally) was heading out west to visit his elderly mother, and hook up with his lovely lady Shelly. In addition to that, he made plans to visit the Westies. And once this trip was secured and booked. My man Jeff went into overdrive pulling all the levers to make this trip for Tony, a trip of a lifetime. And man did he ever.

Some of you already know that Tony has been plagued with a number of injuries and ailments that have basically rendered him unable to surf. In other words, he can't stand up.

Well Jeff had the answer for that in a heartbeat. PAIPO.

You know, Belly boarding. Hey it's surfing. And not only is it surfing. It's a freaking blast. What other wave riding craft, can get you so deep in the barrel, that's only waist high? There ain't none. Bellyboards get you deeper than any other vehicle. Bar none. As surfers age, we need to look at all the options.

So Tony got himself a new Paipo board, and Jeff and the WESTIE crew took him on one of the most classic surf trips you can imagine.
Sam, Rocky, Steve
, and Brad. Robert was unable to make the trip but will be there when I head out. The "Mission" was coming together under the command of Cap'n Chambo. The mission called for an early ZERO DARK THIRTY assault. This mission would involve two swift boats and a quiver of every conceivable surf riding vehicle.



Do not be fooled by the Hugh Beaumont shirt. Jeff is hard core all the way. And do not be fooled by these little boats. Because they charge. And get the job done swell after swell after swell.



They were literally on the road at 3:30AM. Oh yea, it was a pre-dawn strike. And the destination is not important here. What's important is, there would only be the 6 of them. Six guys on Belly boards.



And that was the crowd. Just the six
of them. ALL on Bellyboards.
All day long. Just the seven of them hooting each other into wave after wave after wave. Oh believe me, I heard all about it..



Here's Tony busting my balls by sending me a very hurtful text.
Now why ya gotta be so hurtful my brother?



If you want to see the whole trip on both video and stills, check out the gallery in the photo section below. And the UDA MAN clip from Rocky in the video section. Just scroll on down. They say that a picture is worth a thousand words. Well grab yourself a cup and take in this magical surf trip. It's worth the 5 minutes out of your life. Trust me.

And in closing, I just want to say thank you to my WESTIES for showing Tony a great time. I love you guys.


"SURFING ON BELLY BOARDS HEALS
ALL WOUNDS"


 






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Now for Some Of My Weekly Global Observances

While ISIS has been the only news we have all been hearing about as of late, there is other news that is equally disturbing. Apparently The DONALD has indicated that he would be in favor of monitoring Mosques, and he also hinted that ALL Muslims should be identified. By an ID or some badge worn on the outside of clothing. And today he refused to rule out that he would run as an Independent. I guess he's pretty serious about all of this President foolishness. I really think he wants to be President.



Oh the horror. This world has gone plum crazy I tell ya!


So Abdelhamid Abaaoud the Terrorist mastermind who was behind the Paris attacks was apparently killed in the ensuing firefight with police. So he is, as I write this, enjoying himself with 72 virgins in paradise. Not sure if those virgins are women or not. Or, if they are in-fact humans. All we know is, according to the JIHAD rule book. If you kill innocent civilians, you get to spend eternity in Paradise, with 72 virgins.



n the day we buried our sister, This is the cousin of the Abdelhamid who was killed in the follow up raids . Her name is Hasna Aitboulahcen. Now the question remains for my Christian friends and I. If Abdelhamid gets 72 virgins, What does Hasna get? Does she get 72 boy virgins? Does she get, oh I don't know, a few goats and a camel? Maybe she gets to spend eternity in paradise without having to wear a burka. Honestly? None of this would make anyone I know sign up. ISIS is not for anyone with half a brain and a heart. They are what I have been saying since day one ABSOLUTE COWARDS. EVERY LAST ONE OF THEM.
COWARDS. And there is no word in the dictionary that is worse to call a soldier. But that's what they are. COWARDS.




How about the 72 virgins looking like these guys? Whoa. I mean WHOA!!! KSM virgins? Talk about nightmares. This should be a warning to all you would be ISIS women who are ready to pull the ring on the suicide vest. What if...this is what you get?

Please my friends, enjoy the weekly humiliation of the master mind behind the September 11th, 2001 attacks. The man who was behind the killing of 3,000 innocent civilians. The number two big dog of Al Qeada. Khalid Sheik Mohammed.


* Note to self, must pick up a case of VIRGIN NO MORE books at Home Depot.


*HAPPY THANKSGIVING Everyone!!!
CONGRATS JACK and KATIE KEEFE on their marriage
Saturday November 14th, 2015 in the DR!
Rest In Eternal Peace Evamarie Fatello11-7-15
Remembering JFK on this day. 11-22-15

Please send positive thoughts to our dear friend Meghan Evans and family, same with surf photographer Andrew Rebeiro and my dear friend Greg Brooks. Please add Mike Keefe to your list. Mike's a local surfer who has been surfing these parts for decades. Also say a prayer for my good friend Robert Gerard. And please continue to pray for local Hampton surfers Terry Morrison and Rick Fiorentini and their families. Please pray for Dave O'Connor. A good man, a great mentor to so many kids, and a wonderful school principal.
*I'm adding a close dear friend of mine. Marine SSGT George Masten. A combat Marine who served in Korea and Vietnam. He was awarded the purple heart for wounds received in Vietnam in 1967. George is battling cancer. PLEASE say a prayer for him.



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(Above) Adam Gustafson flying just under the lip on this zipper right hander.
Friday November 20th, 2015.
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(Above) The priest told us the week before to look for signs.
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Saturday November 21st, 2015.
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(Above) Thomas Hay in between modeling jobs cuts loose on the
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(Above) Brother Jared Hay looks for a lip for launching.
Saturday November 21st, 2015.
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Today- "EASTIE GO WESTIE" November 17th, 2015.
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(Above) Tony Berardini embarks on a trip of a lifetime. November 17th, 2015.
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(Above) "This is How We Do It." Capn Steve "Wheels" Wheeler gets his craft in a column to begin their descent on a remote break. November 17th, 2015.
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(Above) Did I mention that Wheels and his wife are both HUGE Patriots fans? No? Well, I'm sure Tony and Wheels shared some Patriot highlights, much to the dismay of Rocky and Doug. Jeff and Sam are devoid of organized sports. Especially Jeff. Not sure about Brad, but if I had to guess just by watching the video, I would say he is an NFL fan. In other words, he's one of us.
November 17th, 2015.
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(Above) Sam George, 60 something going on 18. Perpetually stoked. I've never known him to be anything else. And his stoke can be infectious.
November 17th, 2015.
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(Above) Brad was pulling into these little barrels all day long.
November 17th, 2015.
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(Above) UDA MAN director Rocky Vanucci capturing footage for his
latest YouTube masterpiece. November 17th, 2015.

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(Above) As the day comes to an end, the memories that Tony will have will just be getting stored on the hard drive in his head. November 17th, 2015.
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(Above) Thank you guys for showing Tony a great time. Until we meet again, be safe, be smart, and may the wind, always blow a gentle offshore, against
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(Above) Looking north, the wind swept peaks beckoned anyone who was in paddling distance. November 20th, 2015. Photos by Nancy Rand
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(Above) Three more behind this one. November 20th, 2015.
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(Above) This can't end well. November 20th, 2015. Photos by Nancy Rand
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November 22nd, 2015.
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HURRICANE JOAQUIN

Hurricane Joaquin swept up the eastern Seaboard the first week of October, and gave every surfer from Florida to Nova Scotia some fun sized waves. And...the water temps were amazingly warm. So those of us who call New Hampshire our home, were treated with the same menu. Fun, head high, warm, and hollow surf. The boys and girls were all over this Joaquin swell, like flies on rotting seaweed. The buzz was hi-speed connections. Cell phones, text messaging, IM's, PM's, tweets, and whatever else we use.

The local crew I was with had more than their share. Kody Grondin, Weston Rogers, James Morse, Mike Stanek, Kyle Linseman, Max Fatello, Carter Walsh, Shane Forsley, and a shitload more. The music is by QWILL and Jimi. Check out QWILL at qwillmusic.com Thanks to all the surfers for making this a fun edit. See ya on the next one. Ralph

IF I COULD 11-6-15 from Ralph's Pic Of The Week on Vimeo.

A song I wrote about my kid sister and her battle with cancer. I actually played this for her last night at the Hospice facility. She is a true warrior, and her valiant fight was noted by all who bore witness to it. Faith, Hope, and LOVE.
*She passed away on 11-7-15 

 

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