June 20th Newsletter 2004
Father's Day. A Big Salute to all the Dads out there.Especially all the Surf dads. Last month I wrote a bit about the moms and how special they are. Well, the dads are just as special.

Some of us lost our fathers over the last few years and it's hard not to think about them today. Jack & Mike, Mark, Rick, William, Johhnny & Patrick, Alex and myself have a lot to be thankful for when it comes to surfing and our late fathers. As long as I can remember, my father took us to the beach. I never knew anything else when it came to summer activity. We were going to the beach. Jack and I always talk about that. We were so dam lucky.

It was my father who convinced me that we didn't have to
move to Hawaii to find surf when I was a young boy. I remember it like it was yesterday, him pointing out to this empty, glassy line up one summer morning. It must of been after a passing tropical storm. The surf was at least head high, maybe bigger. His words are still fresh in my mind "If you had a surfboard you could surf those waves!" It was like a light bulb going off in my head. Because he was right. That was back in the late 50's. The rest as they say, is history!

The gift that my dad passed onto to me, I am now passing on to my own kids. There are lots of surfing dads and families out there. You see them. Jay, Kevin, Lenny, William, Rick and a whole lot more. Surfing dads. Too bad there was no surf today. I'm sure a lot of those surfing pops would of wanted to get wet with their kids. Those days are coming. So happy Father's Day to all the dads and say a special prayer for those dads who are not feeling well as of late.

Well, it sure does look like we're in a slump for waves. Too
bad to, this weather is perfect. And we live here again because of...what? Just kidding. We just have to be patient.

Tomorrow is after all, the First Day of Summer.

Pray for Surf. Pray for Peace. Surf For Fun.

Yesterday. A Day At The Beach.
My late father Gus at the beach with myself, my sister and brother. This was in the mid- 50's. There were NO surfers around.
I remember waves all the time, but NO one surfing.Not like today. We wore T-shirts to fight off the sun's wrays.

Photo by (my Mom) Eva Fatello

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The Last Day at the Beach.
These are the last photos ever taken of my father at the beach. August 1997. There was surf that day. And he got to see my kids surf as well as my nephews. It was a great day. A perfect day to be a surf family.

photo by Ralph Fatello


Passing the torch
Happy Father's Day! Any day surfing with your kids is a Happy father's Day!. Taken last winter in Puerto Rico. Gabby, Max and myself had perfect waist to chest high glassy waves this day. And are you ready for this? We were the ONLY ones out!! A great day?
What do you think?

photo by Cory (Mom) Fatello
The Sweet Spot
What you didn't think I was gonna let this week slide by without a surf shot did you? Come on! You must know me better than that by now kids! This is Billy Beaudoin from Maine. Billy found himself right under a perfect pitching lip at Marbella's in Cost Rica last Winter when photog Shep Pender snapped this beautiful photo. And we live here in New England because...?