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March 2nd, 2008

I was reminded this week about two very important factors when snow boarding in deep powder. The first reminder is DON'T STOP in deep Powder. The 2nd reminder is DON'T HIT ANY TREES. Clearly the 2nd reminder was both dangerous and painful. Getting stuck in deep powder is just a pain. I mean, there's just no easy way out. You simply have to dig yourself out. And hope to gain enough speed to get you out and back on the trail.

Yes, we went boarding this week. We surfed and boarded all in the same week. There's not many places on the planet where you can do that. In fact, we were just a little over and hour away from the coast. So yes, we could of surfed and snowboarded in the same day. But my tired leg muscles and throbbing shoulder and back pain were clear deterrents. I may have torn something in my shoulder rotator cuff area due to the tree incident.

How did I hit a tree?

Well, it's not like I did it it on purpose. In fact, that was the exact question my son had for me. "Dad how could you hit that tree?". "Oh I don't know Max, it just seemed like a good thing to do in the woods." What are you kidding me? We were off the beaten trail, and gliding through the powder filled woods, when a large pine tree suddenly jumped up in front of me. I tried deflecting my line with my hand extended out in front of me, when I shifted too much weight on the inside rail and went straight into it. My arm was too stiff and it jammed back up into my shoulder. It knocked me on my ass.

The jolt shocked me more than anything.

I also learned that, you don't have to be going that fast for a tree to ruin your day. I felt like Sonny Bono, lying there in the snow, looking up at the trees and sky. Or that Kennedy kid. Then to add insult to injury, Mackey went flying by me without stopping. Thanks Mackey. I'm OK. Yea, you just get along and never mind about me. Later he claimed that if he stopped he would of been stuck too. Thanks Mackey.

I know a bunch of you ski and or snowboard. And last week was February vacation for NH. So we took advantage of staying home and made the best of it. And it paid off. If you've never snowboarded in REAL powder before you have NO idea what you're missing. Snowboarding in powder is just like surfing. Or, as close to surfing as you can get in the snow.

The sensation of floating over powder is like drifting across a smooth wave face. Same thing. That free fall drifting type feel that we all love. And I mean all of us. Young, old, shortboard, longboard, kneeboard and boogieboard. The fast flying sensation across the wave face is the same in deep pow POW It's surfing on snow. And we had it this week in New England. And we had more waves.

This winter is...something special.

To be able to do both sports in the same week was a treat. To be able to get the deep stuff was a special treat. Except, as much as boarding in powder is akin to our beloved ocean lifestyle, hitting a tree is nothing like surfing. Well, that may not be entirely true. It's like hitting a piling under a pier.

Trees and piers don't move. My advice? You should go around em. Waaaay around.

I also became aware of my increasing impatience while snowboarding this week. Or rather, my impatience with the youth. It's just that I don't enjoy waiting around for someone to get their act together. It all boils down to this Ralph Theory. I'm running out of time. I can't afford to lose any more crucial minutes. Kids can burn their minutes up. I can't. I need every minute and every hour. I waited over a half hour to get in our first run on the mountain due to one of the "kids" getting his shit together. Now I know this sounds selfish on my part. And, I apologized later for being so uptight. I tried explaining my new found "Saving Minutes" theory to the kids.

Somehow, I don't think they understood.

Youth. They'll get it someday. Meanwhile, they'll be expending minutes all over the place while us older dudes are trying to find more, and use them wisely.

Speaking of using minutes wisely. If any of you reading this live here in Hampton, NH... there's 3 articles 29, 30 and 31 concerning the FISH HOUSE across the street from the Shop in the upcoming March election. We're asking all concerned citizens and surfers to SAVE THE FISH HOUSE and Vote YES on the article. If you have any questions simply call the shop. (603) 929-7467.

SAVE THE FISH HOUSE! Please VOTE YES on Articles 29-30-31 on Tuesday March 11th special election!

Well, I hope you were one of the lucky ones who go to surf yesterday. It cleaned up nicely in the afternoon up here and those who were tuned into the wind dropping and then coming around were treated to a decent 3-4 hour window of some decent surf. By some accounts, it was head high and better on the sets. Oh yea. Head high and better. And...the sun came out. If you were waiting to hit it blew it. She was long gone. Those west winds killed the swell overnight. And anyone's chances for surfing today were equally diminished. That's all she wrote.

This last snow storm was the 12th time since December that the snow plows came out and plowed the streets. 12th time! Man that's a lot of snow. I think we're all getting just a little tired of shoveling and plowing and sno-blowing. Or at least I am. But then again, that's where we get our surf and powder from. So what if we have to dig our asses out week after week. Look what the white stuff brings us.

Surf, snow and a stiff back.

Can't wait to see what kind of photos all you traveling New England Surfers are bringing back. I know a bunch of you went south and a few more went north. You know where to send them pics. Right here Ralph Pic Of The Week
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Yesterday 1976 Kevin Grondin...barreled again.
(Below) I know I've said this before. But it's true. Kevin Grondin has logged more tube time around
these parts than anyone else I know. Here he is back in 1976. He was doing the same thing during that
last big Valentines Day Swell, a few weeks ago.
Video Movie Frame Grab courtesy of SFOD

2008 ALL Photos BELOW taken this week.

(Above) Before the tree incident. Me, John Carden, Max and his friend Dave. Great day!
Photo by SFOD R. Fatello

(Above) The views were beautiful. And just over an hour away.
Photo by SFOD R. Fatello

(Above) Photo guy John Carden dropping in.
Photo by SFOD R. Fatello

(Above) Mackey V before we left the beaten path for the deep stuff.
Photo by SFOD R. Fatello

(Above) John was wearing some kind of Bosnian Camo outfit and he was hard to pick out in
the natural surroundings. That's either him right there or some Serbian sniper.
Photo by SFOD R. Fatello

(Above) Back home on the surf scene. MVF playing around his homebreak.
Photo by Ed O'Connell

(Above) While Big Handsome Daddy does the same.
Photo by Ed O'Connell

(Above) Mackey working up some speed for...
Photo by Ed O'Connell

...da lip smackey!
Photo by Ed O'Connell

(Above) BHD, Gliding and styling before the...
Photo by Ed O'Connell

DA longboard smackey!
Photo by Ed O'Connell

(Above) Lori Haenn about to tackle something go girl!
This photo comes from my man down in EAGLES land. You know where the team who just stole ASSANTE
SAMUEL (the Bill Buckner of the 2007 Patriots)from New England. You better hope that he's better than
his last attempt at an interception. That "almost pick" cost the Patriots a superbowl.

Photo courtesy of Geoff Haenn

(Above) Lenny Nichols sends us more images that he's calling "The Sensual Sea". Enjoy...
Photo by Lenny Nichols

(Above) "The Sensual Sea Series"
Photo by Lenny Nichols

(Above) "The Sensual Sea Series" To the right person, this shell could be a pearl in the sand.
Photo by Lenny Nichols

(Above) "The Sensual Sea"...these little worlds exist. You just have to stop and look for them.
Photo by Lenny Nichols

VIDEO by SFOD R. Fatello

(Above) CLICK ON Video (photo) Frame Grab of a 16yr old Surfer walking through the snow in 1968.
This SHORT WINDOWS MEDIA FILE VIDEO CLIP is from the Soon to be released in the Fall of 2008
Super 8mmm Movie Frame grab by the late Gus Fatello

(Above) I got my tix. I'll be there. This is for a good cause. Trust me it is.
Please help out .
Poster courtesy of Jimmy Dunn

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2008 Winter in California

(Above) Somewhere out west, a wave peels down a rocky point and some lucky SOB gets a ride for
the record books.
Photo by the Man of Free

(Above) Rocky V on a short board? Up north, where the big men surf and the big fish swim.
Photo courtesy of Rocky Vanucci

2008 Mo Tropical Winter Surf

(Above) NSSA COMP. AT HALEIWA THIS WEEKEND and Bernie was there to capture the action.
Keanu Asing hit's the lip backside.
Photo by Bernie Baker

(Above) Youth and stoke go together well in the Islands.
Photo by Bernie Baker

(Above) Compressed on the launching pad.
Photo by Bernie Baker

(Above) This looks like fun on so many different levels. The wave, the sun, the warmth.
Keanu Asing Free Troppo surfing.
Photo by Bernie Baker

(Above) I'm convinced more girls would surf around here if we had these kinds of conditions.
Young Wahine Grom digging life on the North Shore.
Photo by Bernie Baker

(Above) Like I said...girls in the tropics have it made.
Photo by Bernie Baker

(Above) Turning and twisting his way for North Shore advancement, Keanu Asing stays focussed.
Photo by Bernie Baker

(Above) Ricochet Rabbit bouncing around the whitewater.
Photo by Bernie Baker

(Above) Fire and Rescue alongside decent surf. Only in Hawaii.
Photo by Jeff Crawford

(Above) Walking back to the channel.
Photo by Jeff Crawford

(Above) Dropping in with a friend for lunch.
Photo by Jeff Crawford

(Above) Be careful of what you wish for. Big waves break big boards and big egos.
Photo by Jeff Crawford


Today 2008 Parting Shot..."Honey can you go out and start the car for me,
it's a little chilly for me."

(Above) If New England ever gets this cold, I'm moving.
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