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31, 2009 Week
15 of Consistent Surf
that is, we've had surf for 15 straight weeks.
I mean, I really hope you guys are getting some of this bounty. And if the weekly consistent surf is not good enough for you, how about the fact that the surf has been landing mostly on the weekends. Are you kidding me? The Surf Gods are not only smiling down on you, but they are making it easier for you to score. My brothers and sisters take advantage of this weekly swell activity. Because you all know (or at least those who have been around a bit should know) that the wave machine could stop. Just as fast as it started up and started churning out weekly swells, that same machine, can break down and basically rust up. And we are heading into the season, when that shit usually happens.
hot, slow, muggy summer season.
And if that's not good enough news for you, the water's warming up. Lots of people have taken the gloves off. And some have removed booties. In other words, it's clearly 3/2 time. No hoods needed. It's dam near June. No need for hoods. Unless you like wearing them dam things. Like some of the boys in California. I swear, some of them Westies are complete Wooses when it comes to rubber. They know it. And they are confident in their manhood about wearing the skull caps when there is no need. Those guys would die out here. But that's the way we like it. We wouldn't want this little slice of Nirvana to be easily accessible to the masses like they have. Hell no. Bring on the snow and cold. Bring it freaking on!
Although, I wouldn't mind a slight reprise to the tropics in the colder months. Look I'm not stupid. I like the tropics as much as the next guy. And I would welcome a fun, swell filled tropical surf trip, with some close friends and family just as much as you would. And one day soon, when I can get away, I expect that to happen. Meanwhile, work, kids school and other life commitments have kept me in the 5/4/3 and 4/3's the last few years. I am certainly not complaining. Hardly. I am honest and sincere, when I trumpet in each weekly new swell. And I relish in the ability, to capture and share with you all, the weekly images and related stories. But sometimes, lil Ralphie get's that bug to want to get up and out of the bunker, and head for the tropics. And that usually happens, when someone I know, returns from the tropics with stories of insane swells, and countless rides, in deep blue tropical barrels.
And then there's the evidence factor. Telling stories, about epic tropical swells is one thing. But, sharing and showing the goods, is quite another. Case in point. Brian Nevins recent Indo trip. I have always thought of Nevins as the ultimate wave magnet. I mean, I don't think this guy has ever gotten skunked anywhere. Call it some innate sense of knowing when and where to travel, or call it something else. Shit luck? Maybe. But I think it's deeper than that. Knowledge and being with the right people, at the right time, plays heavily into it. But this last trip? Oh My God. Let me say this, here and right now. Brian Nevins is as Good as any other Surf Photographer in the world. Past, present or future. Brian can hold his own in any situation and deliver the goods. But you know what? There's an old saying, and perhaps you are familiar with it. That saying?
A picture is worth a 1,000 words.
The gallery I posted today for Brian's Indo trip should back up all of what I've just written here and then some. Un freaking believable. Check it out for yourselves. Some of the images left me speechless. And trust me, that's a rarity in itself. Me speechless? It does not happen very often. But Brian Nevins Indo gallery is something special. Very special. My guess is we'll be seeing it in one of the Big Mags. Speaking of mags.
The New Surfer's Journal has several articles that need mentioning here. First and foremost, the cover shot of Ken Skindog's tube views are in a word...mind boggling. I mean are you kidding me? Have you seen it? You need to pick one up and check it out. In fact, click on the Journal ad here and get yourself over there and pick one up today. I'm telling you, it is groundbreaking images, that need to be studied by anyone who's ever gotten barreled or taken barrel shots. Get over there and check it out. Secondly, the last issue of TSJ had another mind boggling display, of never seen before images, with the Clark Little gallery. Are you freaking kidding me? My brothers and sisters, just when you think you've seen every single possible angle in surf photography, TSJ shows us not one, but two distinctive angles and views in the year 2009 that has stopped the surf photography world dead in it's tracks.
you've seen it all? Think again. Get the latest TSJ and last
month's and you will have.
want to take a moment here and thank all of you who commented on the
Memorial Day Column last week. It means a lot to me and others
who have both served our country and knew someone who didn't make it
back. So Thank you all again.
for some of my weekly Global observances:
someone please do the world a favor and dispatch that little spiked
haired, dwarf freak from North Korea. Kim Young Ill. This
sad little pathetic freak, is on some weird collision course with the
rest of the world. I mean really. The world is not unstable enough,
that this guy who's stuck in a freaking 1953 time machine can't
stop with his wacky antics? Come on Kimmy? What is your problem?
You really want to develop that Nuclear Warhead and sell it to some
Terrorist Group and risk the first Nuclear War? Hello? Look, the Israelis
are not going to sit back and let this happen. And even this current
"Shake Hands First" Administration of ours won't let that
happen. Did you guys see the women Goose-stepping in North Korea?
Man talk about scary regimes.
forget All the shops are STILL collecting cards, gifts, and other provisions
for the Rowlee family. PIONEERS , CINNAMON RAINBOWS, BRICKHOUSE,
ZAPSTIX and many more shops are drop off points of interest for Miss
Molly. Skip Brunette has opened a Little Miss Molly account
at the SEACOAST CREDIT
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my friends...Surfing heals all wounds....
(Above) Mackey V on a fun little right at Cementys. Saturday May 30, 2009.
To see more of Saturday May 30, 2009. click on MVF. Photo by RALPH
Click on the image above to see more.
2009- Saturday May 30th, 2009 ESA-NNE
(Above) ESA's 1st NNE contest of the 2009
Season . Saturday May 30, 2009.
(Above) Jared Velstos blasts the lip during
the ESA's 1st NNE contest of the 2009 Season . Saturday May
30, 2009. To see more of the ESA contest- click on image. Photo
(Above) Local Surfers Mackey V and his
date Hannah and best friend Jesse Gould and his date
Carolyn. Saturday May 30, 2009 Jr Prom Night for the class of
(Above) Lenny Nichols
warming up before the next morning's ESA's 1st NNE contest of the
2009 Season . Friday May 29, 2009. To see more of Friday
May 29th click on pic.
(Above) Jared Velstos banking on doing
well the next day practices his backhand on Friday May 29, 2009.
To see more - click on image. Photo by RALPH
(Above) Johnny Grasso...don't ever change.
Friday May 29, 2009. To see more click on Johnny. Photo
(Above) Brian Nevins spent the last few weeks in INDO. The photos he has on this Gallery will blow you away. Click on this image to see the rest of the Indo Story.. Photo by Brian Nevins Click on the image above to see more.
(Above) Inside looking out with Brian Nevins in INDO. Click on this image to see more
of the Indo Story. Photo by Brian Nevins Click on the image above to see more.
(Above) From the bottom
near the reef. Brian Nevins INDO photos ...are unbelievable.
(Above) Wide open wide
angle barrels. Brian Nevins in INDO. Click on this image to
(Above) RI shop Warm Winds owner, Tom Hogan under an Indo lip.
Photo by Brian Nevins Click on the image above to see more.
(Above) It's OK to stare
and drool. See more of the Brian Nevins in INDO Gallery.
(Above) In case you
wondering if it got really big. Photo by Brian Nevins
Above) Stan Chew's SURF Camp is getting closer...more later.
Photo courtesy of Stan Chew
Today-2009 INSANE Water Shots by Clark Little
Above) Clark Little turns the Surf Photography
world on it's ear with these insane images. Photo by Clark Little
(Above) Clark Little amazing Surf Photography.
Photo by Clark Little
(Above) Bernie Baker's SURFING INTO SUMMER with
HANNA HARRISON. Saturday May 30th, 2009. Photo by Bernie Baker
(Above) Click on this
image of Kevin "Doc" Grondin
Footage from 1975. VIDEO Clip from SFOD RALPH Super 8mm Movie.
(Above) Namotu is just as good as Tavarua
according to those in the know.
(Above) This is that famous right hander down in Oz. Photo By Doug Hendry
(Above) This is Doug himself enjoying some vacation
2009 PARTING SHOT- Taking Your Board for a Walk
(Above) I've heard of walking the nose but not walking the board itself. Thank God there's a leash law. That board could bite someone. Saturday May 30th, 2009 . Photo by RALPH