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Ralph Pic Of The Week
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that shit could happen. You kidding me? Hello 2004! We all remember.
It could happen. The SOX could Sweep the Rockies and the
Pats could keep taking on each NFL opponent like they were
some High School team. All of you ex-New Englanders who now live
outside of the region must be smiling today. And you have every reason
to. Smile away my brothers and sisters. Gloat to your heart's content.
You're part of RED SOX NATION and you're still very much a part
of PATRIOTS NATION!
These are special days for all of us. Surfers and non-surfers. The SOX and PATS are for real (again) and it's just a joy to be able to be part of it.
the sweet smell of October.
end each column with the "Surfing heals all wounds" line. And
while I truly believe it does, it was difficult for me to get up and paddle
out on Saturday. There had been waves last Friday October 12th
and I could of surfed the late afternoon, but having just left the funeral
service for my Mother I could not muster up enough surf stoke to do it.
Besides the wind was picking up and things got worse (weather wise). So
son Max wanted to surf in the worse way, and I just settled in
to taking a few video clips with a still here and there. Besides it was
overcast and really crowded.
Surfing does heal all wounds.
friend Jon Gozzo asked me how difficult is it to find something to
write about each week. I told him it was not difficult at all. "Are
you kidding?" There's always something to write about around here.
Then he commented to my son Max about me 'saluting' after one particular
ride. He said he'd never seen me do it before. We had to tell him, that
I salute at least once every session. Why? Because of some of my late friends
who served in the military, who were either killed in action, or, who are
no longer able to surf.
I snap off a salute for them.
I'll always throw out at least one for them and for the waves themselves. You know, for those about to surf...I salute you.
The locals were grumbling again over this last swell. I guess the lack of serious size has taken it's toll on the weary. Although listening to Alex Orestis he said the Wall was the best it's been in years last Friday. I don't know about that. But, if it was for him and his friends that's good. That's a good sign of surf stoke coming back. We all need the stoke to keep us going. I was not complaining about the surf or the crowds. Well, I was not complaining out loud.
I've learned through the years (and it's taken me some serious learning curves) to just be calm and smile more. I seem to get more waves being happy than I do being grumpy. And trust me, I've done both. I enjoy each session more by just being...happy. I know it sounds freaking corny, but it's true. In fact, I even admired those who drove some 4 hours from Quebec City to surf these waves on Saturday.
No I have not gone off the deep end.
Think about it. Imagine being that stoked on our New England waves where you would drive 3-4 hours to surf waist to chest high mushy wind blown surf. That my friends is called surf stoke. Same with my boys from Vermont. Those guys are hardcore too. They are New Englanders who love the area they live and work in and would drive the half day to get to our coast to surf these waves. That's Surf Stoke with a capital S. And I for one...Salute Them Too!
GARY RITCHIE Fundraiser will take place on Saturday December
1st at the American Legion Hall in Hampton. Stay tuned next
week for more details.
my friends...Surfing heals all wounds....
1975 "Hey Joe where you going with that surfboard in
Gozzo in the froth line.
Mike Moran within the fold.
2007 Phantom Scores Again
The paddle back out. Tom Craig is the Man.
2007 Parting Shot... Wait! Don't go! It's still warm...