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March 19th, 2006

Tomorrow (Monday March 20th), is the Official First Day of Spring. Did I see snow in the forecast though? Does that surprise any of you? Well, it shouldn't. I mean if you've lived here for any length of time, you know dam well, that Winter does not end on the first day of Spring. Hardly. Winter ends when it wants to end. And sometimes, that means right through the whole month of April. I mean let's face it. This is not the West Coast. Nor is it the Southern East Coast. It's New England and we're playing by a whole other set of rules when it comes to weather.

Don't be surprised if you see some of the white stuff tomorrow morning. Some of you, may very well remember, that just a few short years ago, we got hammered by a Snow storm on April 1st. We got hit with at least a foot. And it was intense. The snow lasted for a good solid 12 hours. And it certainly was no April Fools Joke. Like I said, my "Praying for warmer weather Friends" , we're not out of the woods just yet.

I've heard some rumblings this past week about a Flat Spell we're all going through. I read somewhere where someone said, they forgot how to surf, it's been so long. Are you kidding me? Pardon me, while I throw in my two cents here but...a Flat Spell? I don't think so.

Look, I was in the water a week ago Friday and, although it was not perfect and clean, it was a solid head high, to slightly overhead ( on the sets). Look, I don't want to burst any bubbles here but...a Flat Spell is NOT considered a Flat Spell until we've had at least two weeks of Zero waves. The swell we had on that Friday & Saturday was fine. In fact, Max and I got worked pretty good at the Wall that afternoon. There were only two others out at the Wall that Friday (March 10th). My point is...that was Surf. So, to call it a Flat Spell when we actually had surf is... what's the word I'm looking for? Oh yea...STUPID.

Like I said, you have to wait at least 2-3 weeks before you call it a Flat Spell. It's in the rule books, go see for yourselves. Granted, we may never see consistent surf like we had last year. But, who among us would beat down on a solid 5-6' day? Seriously, who? I'd like to get a look at you. Certainly no self respecting New Englander. Maybe some Cali transplant or some visiting Hawaiian...but a local? Nah...I don't think so.

Flat spells are serious issues. But I don't think we're quite there just yet. Ask me in another week or two, and see what I have to say.

But, for the time being...I'm not panicking.

I am panicking about what's happening to our New England Patriots though. David Givens, Christian Faurrier and Willie McGinest have left the building and Adam Vinatieri is shopping his golden foot around the league. HELP ME MR WIZARD! What the...heck is going on? Is it really all about money? I mean if it these guys what they want. Or at least, pay them what the other teams are willing to pay them. The only ones suffering through all this, are the poor fans. We get attached to these players and their personalities and then they are gone...I know, I in Bill...but I'm having a hard time with Bill and Company this past week going the way it did.
Please sign Adam Mr Kraft. Please give him what he deserves...I mean, the man only won two out of the three championships we have won. Come on Bob...sign the little guy...number 4...Adam The Sweet Foot Vinatieri.
Ok enough groveling about pro sports for now...but wait, my friend Jacko just called me and told me that Theo Epstein is having Roger Clemens over for dinner to speak about ending his career in Boston...don't know what to make about that...if it were me, I'd sign him.
Why the hell not? Let's bring the Rocket back home where it all started. OK I'm done with the Sports rap.

Hey good news this week. No one passed away in our community. Thank God. That was getting way too common for us all there. On a lighter note I want to wish my sister Gale a Happy 50th Birthday!

LAST CALL for SURF ARTISTS in the area (and beyond) to submit Surf Related Art Work for a Special SURF ART Column to be Posted April 2nd . The art can be any medium (except photography). Pen and Ink, pencil, charcoal, Oils, acrylics, water color, carvings, sculptures...etc etc. It also needs to be in a digital file format. I'd prefer a JPEG file, but will accept a PDF. I need to know the name of the piece and the artist's name. I would also like to keep the amount of art from each artist to a minimum of 3 to 5 pieces. Please don't send me a dozen pieces. And PLEASE keep each file you send under a meg in size or around 300k. If you have any questions, drop me an email. Ralph Pic Of The Week or send me a CD with your art to:
Ralph Fatello
3 Marston Way
Hampton, NH 03842

Please consider joining the Local Chapter of the ESA. Especially if you have kids who are interested in Surfing. It's great fun for the whole family and it's a great way to spend some fun times at the beach with family and friends. Click here for more

Remember...Surfing heals all wounds.
As always my friends...Pray for Surf.
Pray for Peace. Surf For Fun.


Yesterday 1980- Vince Get's an April Shower at 10th Street.
This photo, that my friend Larry Crateau shot of Vince, was taken with a cheap Minolta Water camera. We were taking turns shooting each other at the time. Those were the ultimate surf buddy days, when we'd take turns shooting each other. Sometimes, we got lucky and got a decent shot.
Photo by Larry Crateau


Today 2006 A Reminder of this Current Winter...
From this Winter here in New England. Keep your eyes on the road when driving by this spot.

Photo by Nick LaVecchia

How much money would you be willing to put in this meter if the Surf was like this all the time?
Photo by Nick LaVecchia

Big Eric on a Big Yellow Board on a Big Wave...last month during one of our many good swells.
Photo by John Carden

Winter 2006 in Southern New England. Perfect peak with no one onboard...
Photo by Pete Gonsalves


Today 2006 Somewhere on Planet Earth
Every 3 seconds a perfect wave is breaking somewhere on this planet. If you're lucky, you just might happen to be there when one does.
Photos courtesy of The Phantom

Today 2006 A Heavy Section...Means a Heavy Wipe or a ....
This wave is as heavy as it gets...I mean paddle wise. This takes moxie...lots of it.
Photos courtesy of The Phantom

...Heavy Barrel!

Today 2006 PARTING SHOT ...No Guts No Glory
They say that the Barrel is the Ultimate in Surfing. And that most Surfers all seek this Pinnacle in
wave careful of what you wish for.
Photo courtesy of The Phantom

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