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October 16th, 2011-New RUN is 34 out of 34 Weeks.
Waist high or better, at least once a week.
The Surf on - Thursday-Friday was waist to chest.

Last night I was walking into my kitchen to get a glass of water when it dawned on me. I could not remember the last time I went surfing. I had to stop and think. I did not surf this week. I did not surf last week. And, I'm not sure if I surfed the week before. How is that possible?

Am I just being forgetful or has it really been that long?

I'm thinking it's the latter. And I know why and how this is. 10 years ago when I surfed everyday for a year in memory of my father, I took some time off from surfing. I just had to stay away for a while. I knew that going into last year's marathon for MOLLY. I knew it was a distinct possibility that I would get very selective again. And I guess I have. I have had opportunities to surf. I just have not been that motivated to jump back in at every sign of a swell.

I don't think any of you out there could blame me.

It's not like I am missing that much. And before any of you go reading too deeply into this think again. I love surfing. I have always loved surfing. I will never ever NOT surf. I'm just in this place where I can step back and take it all in. I spent many days alone out there this past year. Not getting wet every day is something almost unique to me now. I love to be able to walk away from a marginal session and not feel guilty about not surfing. Still, I must admit, I was surprised that I could not remember the last day I surfed. I'm not sure where it was either.

Imagine that? I can't remember when and where I last surfed...gee I wonder if this is early Alzheimer's? Damn...just my luck huh? I had joked with my kids this past year that in 10 years I would surf for Alzheimer's. I did it 10 years ago for Diabetes, and this year was for cancer, so I told them in 10 years I'd do it for Alzheimer's. Except if I was suffering from the disease I might forget that I went surfing already that day, or completely forget what I was doing and why.

I know this is not funny to those of you who have had to deal with that terrible disease. My own family have suffered through it. So I don't take it lightly. It is however something that I have done in the past and that is to find the humor in all of this thing called life. If you can't laugh at things in life than you will be miserable and suffer. You have to find that Patch Of Blue. That silver lining. That one ping of hope in your heart. For me? It's finding that smile. That laugh.

Putting a smile on someone's face is so rewarding. I shall never grow tired of that.

Speaking of last year. A close friend of mine Johnny Meehan who is a well known and respected surfer in these parts, used to love to ask me all throughout my yearlong surf campaign last year ..."So did you surf yesterday?" And each time I would laugh. How could I not? He was playing that humor card off my forgetfulness. Knowing that by asking if I surfed Yesterday...I would have blown my streak.

Very hurtful. But very funny. You have to know Johnny to appreciate his humor.

So what is happening to our friends the Seals? Not the NAVY SEALS the actual Grey Harbor Seals. Over 94 have washed up dead in the last couple of weeks. Most of you surfers have seen a seal or two in your surfing life. Lord knows I've seen many throughout the years. In fact, I've made friends with a few.

The thought of those puppy like faces washing up dead is heartbreaking.

Seals are the coolest animals out there. I love them. We all love them. I know some of the fishermen have had problems with them over time, but for the most part, they are so damn cool and cute. Wait did I just write "cute"? I did. And they are!

I'm just saddened to hear of the number of dead seals washing up on our beaches.

In a couple of weeks it will be the 20th anniversary of the Halloween Storm of 1991. Or better known as The Perfect Storm Swell. I'll be covering that very memorable anniversary, as that week holds some fond memories for a bunch of us local surfers. Good Lord does it ever. It's hard to believe that it's been 20 years.
So much has changed and happened since that swell.

Still, it will be fun to go back and re-visit that week long insane swell. With the capping off of the Big Day on Halloween. For me, there has not been a day as big ever since. Oh we have had some big days. But that day? That was by far the biggest I have seen the waves around these parts. Looking out over the wall that morning with Kevin Grondin...I knew right then and there, that this swell was different than anything else we had ever faced.

And looking back at that day...I was right. That was the day to measure all days.

It was in a sense, Our BIG WEDNESDAY. Only I believe it fell on a Monday. Be easy to find out. Just Google it...who am I talking to? You or myself? Hold on...I'll google it right now. I was wrong...according to Wikipedia it was a Thursday. Funny it felt like a Monday back then...not sure why. It just did. So be it...the biggest swell I have ever seen was on a Thursday.

By the way, if any of you have any pics from that swell please get them to me. I'd love to see what some of you might have for that big 20th Anniversary of that impressive storm. Please send them off to me.

So last night at Toby Parke's fundraiser for his wife Joanna Rob I was setting up my guitar and amp when one of the longtime local surfers casually mentioned to me that the surf really came up big time later in the day. I was shocked. "What? Are you kidding me?" He looked at me with a dead serious face. " did. It went from crap all day to being a foot or two over head tonight..."

There's not many things in life that get to me. But this is one of them.

Missing waves when I live all of 2 minutes from the ocean. I hate that. Hate it. And with today's technology there's NO excuse. And...with a multitude of friends who monitor the ocean as if they were fricking scientists constantly watching it, one would think that one of them would call me. But alas, maybe this short window swell snuck by them as well. Is that possible? Hell yea. It's all possible.

And I did get confirmation form two other reliable sources. It did happen. Ryan Jackson confirmed it. I was standing outside with Mike Stanek listening to KING'S HIGHWAY jamming on the stage when Ryan told both of us. I looked at Stanek who was in the same boat as I was. He missed it too. We both shook our heads.

And I want you all to know, that I get no solace form having another surfer like Mike Stanek miss the swell along with me. His misery did not make me feel any better. But Stanek and I both agreed that "this one" got by us... I guess it's true, you can't get them all. And really, that just makes the next session even better. That wanting and passion will be all the more stronger the next time we paddle out.

So until the next swell hits...know in your hearts that "Surfing Heals ALL Wounds..."

Now for some of my Weekly Global Observances:

So the IRANIANS are at it again huh? Trying to assassinate a Saudi top ranking Officials on US soil and in the process taking out innocent civilians. I'm getting a little tired of that Muskrat looking weasel president of theirs Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. That little punk ass Sonny Bono looking dude needs to be reeled in and bitch slapped. Can't we send a "joke" version of a Predator Drone to his home and compound? You know, instead of actually blowing his muskrat ass up we have it pop one of those flags that say "POP You're Dead!"

That may wake his little Iranian Plutonium seeking ass up. I'm sick of that guy.

And that other looney bird Kadaffy Duck. Where the hell is that nutcase? Hiding in Libya somewhere while his loyal Looney Toon Characters are being wiped out by the Rebels. Come on Kadaffy! Come out and say something stupid so we can have some more ridiculous sound bites. Don't let the Muskrat from Iran steal all your thunder.

Another crazy disturbing mass shooting this week. And this week's venue for mass murder was the Hair Salon. That should be comforting to all huh? Now the Hair Salon is a potential place for some lunatic in body armor to unload his automatic weapons on a bunch of innocent civilians just getting their hair tinted? What the hell? I swear these cowards who are at the end of their rope taking innocent bystanders with them make my blood boil. I hate losers like that. Cowards. I guess the rest of his time spent on earth in prison will be a fitting end to his act of cowardice. Lube up coward.

The Patriots play the COWBOYS today at 4PM. They were very impressive last week against the ugly JETS. Very impressive. But we'll see what happens today against Romo and company. I never know who is going to show up from given Sunday. That's why they play the game I guess.

How's Hank Williams Jr doing these days? What a bonehead. His daddy is gonna bitch slap his Honky Tonk ass when he sees him in the next world.

The Boston Bruins need to step it up and get back on track. I know the season is long...but our memories of last year's run is still fresh. Get it going boys!

So the NBA is being delayed two weeks...z-z-z-z-z-z-z. Huh? I'm sorry did I say something?

What else can be said about the departing of Tito and now Theo from the Red Sox Nation this week? They turned this club around. No? Yes they did. The problem I have with baseball is I have always thought that the players themselves were not that concerned with being in the best shape. And ironically, that is exactly what I'm hearing these past few weeks. The bitching and moaning about certain players getting fat and lazy while not giving a rats ass about winning has worn thin on both the fans and the media. Good. Expose these overgrown children in pajamas.

Or better yet, have Bill Belichick come in for a Spring Training Camp and get their asses into shape. Make them earn it. The old fashioned way. Now I admit I know nothing about baseball. However, I do know about being in shape to play. War, surfing, baseball can't be that far behind. Get in shape my brothers.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY Arlene Nichols October 16th, 2011!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY Melanie Velstos October 16th, 2011!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY Evamarie Fatello October 19th, 2011!
GET WELL SOON Joanna Rob...The Friends and family of Toby Parke ALLLOVE YOU!
Glad to hear that our good friend Josh Day is feeling better these stay off those dangerous SUPS Josh!
*CONGRATULATIONS To My Good Friends The Rowlees...I LOVE YOU GUYS!

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Yesterday- Summer 1985. Allen Bigbee
(Below) This was from the same swell as the one I posted last week of Dave Cropper. This is Allen Bigbee. He's been surfing around these parts since day one. From Longboards to short boards back to long boards. His bad back has kept him in and out of the water for years. But he always seems to find his way back (no pun intended). He was the FIRST Surfer that I ever made Invisible. True story. He dropped in on my 4 times one day at the Wall after I warned him the third time NOT to do that again. At the 4th time I proclaimed him INVISIBLE for one year. And for the next 12 months he was in fact Invisible (to my eyes only). Don't believe me? Ask him or anyone who was around during those times. He has been VISIBLE ever since. And in hindsight, I should thank him for being the inspiration to my INVISIBLE SURFER BOX. Hope to see you soon Allen.
Photo from a video frame Grab from my old Super 8mm movie by RALPH

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Today- The South-Southwest Wind Session- October 15th, 2011
Photos By Ed O'Connell

(Above) Thank God Brian Taber was out. He made it look better than it was.
Saturday October 15th
, 2011.
Photo By Ed O'Connell
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(Above) Like I was just saying...Brian Taber made it look better than it was.
Saturday October 15th
, 2011.
Photo By Ed O'Connell
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(Above) Brian Taber's air. Saturday October 15th, 2011. Photo By Ed O'Connell
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(Above) The day started with this beautiful sunrise. Just breath taking...then the wind came...ugh. Saturday October 15th, 2011. Photo By Ed O'Connell
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Today- The SSW Session by RALPH- October 15th, 2011

(Above) By the time I arrived the wind was howling. Still, I shot a few. Like this
unknown Goofy Foot. Saturday October 15th
, 2011.
Photo By RALPH
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(Above) Empty but was it worth it? Saturday October 15th, 2011. Photo By RALPH
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(Above) Brian Taber was my favorite subject too. Saturday October 15th, 2011.
Photo By RALPH * Click on the photo above to see the Whole gallery.

(Above) Taber styling through a section. Saturday October 15th, 2011. Photo By RALPH
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(Above) Meanwhile up the road a piece...Saturday October 15th, 2011. Photo By RALPH
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Today- Fundraiser for a Friend and a College Football Game. October 15th, 2011

(Above) BHD with Kieran and Anna last night at the Fundraiser for Joann Rob.
October 15
, 2011.
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(Above) TODO BIEN keep getting better and better each time I see them. They were
so good last night. Saturday October 15th
Photo By RALPH
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(Above) And everyone's favorite Jam Band KINGS HIGHWAY jammed to the end of
the night. It was a GREAT Night for the Toby Parke family. Surfing, Community, and LOVE all came together again. When a surfer needs help, we will rally to lend a hand.
Saturday October 15th
Photo By RALPH
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(Above) Earlier in the day we all went down to see Mackey V's team EC play Jesse Gould's team...oooh it was another shalacking. EC won 49-0. The FIGHTING GULLS are awesome! Left to right: Tony, Jacko, Mackey, and Ralph. Saturday October 15th 2011.
Photo By CORY * Click on the photo above to see the Whole gallery.


October 5th, 2011
Photos By The Phantom

How cool is this? And how much does this guy look like a young Dave McInnis?
October 5
, 2011. Photos By The Phantom
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Look at that wave! October 5, 2011. Photos By The Phantom
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(Above) High performance wave. October 5, 2011.
Photos By The Phantom * Click on the photo above to see the Whole gallery.

Cool angle and cool colors. October 5, 2011.
Photos By The Phantom * Click on the photo above to see the Whole gallery.

Eddie T soul arching in Massachusetts. Oct, 2011. Photo By Ed Ryan

Scorpion Bay last Big South Swell. Photo via the Internet

How close is too close? Wedge madness. Photo The Internet

California... October 2011. Photo via the Internet
Today- More Private Collection...Life in New England
October 6th- 11th, 2011
Photos By RALPH

Each year I travel to the Northern Maine border that sits near Canada. And each
year the sights and sounds I find are so good for my soul
. This is a moon rise I shot on
day October 11th 2011. Photo By RALPH
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This is a sunset I shot after shooting the moon rise, I turned around and faced
to the west and pulled the trigger.
Tuesday October 11th 2011.
Photo B
y RALPH * Click on the photo above to see the Whole gallery.

I found my Patch of Blue in Maine last week. Tuesday October 11th 2011.
Photo B
y RALPH * Click on the photo above to see the Whole gallery.

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ASK CRACKIE Week Two 10- 16-2011 from Ralph's Pic Of The Week on Vimeo.

Here's the second installment of the ASK CRACKIE series. This week's question is from a Surfer from Quebec. It's more of a fashion question. But I think Crackie helps him out.

If you have a question for the Ole Crackmaster send them along to:

Hope you all learn something from this informative Q&A.


The Waiting Game | Chapter Six - Ophelia
By Ryan Denning of ALPINE LIVE

Check this great video out of Northern New Enlgland...great surfing, great photography and really cool music. Great job Ryan.


(Above) All Rise: 10th Street District Court of Surf Justice is now in session, the
Honorable Judge RALPH presiding. CASE #131 BLATANT DROP IN OF THE WEEK-
Shot on 10-4-11 CLICK and SEE this Surf crime and the verdict.
Photo by Ed Ryan


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(Above) Another Phantom Strike into the NEVER NEVERLAND

(Above) You'll NEVER surf here so you might as well enjoy the pics.

(Above) The Phantom has a sensitive side too...

(Above) This Phantom follower has a great T-shirt. It reads. "Friends Don't Let Friends Stand Up Paddle Board"...COMING NEXT WEEK!

*Click masthead above to read the original ISM story.

(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.
Photo by RALPH

Today 2011 "Occupy Wall Street and Occupy the Wall"

(Above) This is a Big Movement (wait did I just write that? You guys smell anything?) Scene at the Wall. 10-15-2011 Photo by Ed O'Connell

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