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July 15th, 2007

"Now that was a Party Wave!" Anthony exclaimed with joy as he surfaced next to me. He had just dropped in on me on a nice little waist high glassy wave, early Friday morning. Subsequently, he too was dropped in on by his young buddy Nick Miller. They were both laughing.

I turned to paddle back out and said..."Yea, but I didn't invite either one of you to the party. In fact, it was a private party. You know, invitation only."

"But Ralph", Anthony shot back, "I've never dropped in on you before." "So what, now you feel you are part of a unique group of surfers? Those who have dropped in on Ralph?" I answered. Then I smiled.

This all happened on Friday the 13th. It was a surprisingly fun little 3 day swell. Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Any time you can surf for 2-3 days in a row during the summer months is a plus. I mean anytime. The Friday the 13th Swell was fun. Hell, I even got a nice little tube on my second or third wave. And, as you all know (or should know), anytime you can get a little barrel/tube in the summer months...well, that my brothers and sisters, is the ultimate plus.

Unless you are totally new school and scoff at such things (tube riding). But to quote Brian Nevins a week ago..."Kelly Slater didn't win 8 world titles by launching airs". I agree. He won it by carving, turning and getting pitted out of his mind. Oh, don't get me wrong, he throws in the occasional air or two, but his surfing in general, is based on the simple principles of wave riding. But again, there's nothing simple about Kelly's surfing.

To quote Nevins again..."You have to learn to stand before you can fly." Amen to that.

Well, the water did warm up during this 3 day bump. I was commenting to Mike with the '79 Wavetool, on Friday AM "that this was only the 2nd time this summer that I did not wear booties." I saw some brave souls trunking it later that day, but I'm not quite there yet. Of course, Stevie O has already trunked it several times this summer. But that's Stevie. He just blocks the cold water temps out of his mind.

I suspect I'll be trunking it before long.

Of course there are places in New England where they trunk it most of the summer. It's just not in these parts. The boys & girls on the Islands and RI can get pretty tropical conditions compared to what we get. And while some of us are jealous of their warm water days, we deal with what we have and smile. All the shops sell wetsuits for every season. Any surfer today who does not have a suit for each season, is slacking. Get it together people.

Hey I had a very interesting moment in the water yesterday morning. I asked some guy paddling by me who made his board. I didn't recognize the name. He told me he got it in Hawaii and that he lived on Kaneohe. He said he was stationed there for 8 years. I told him that I was familiar with the base and the area. And how one of our local surf families The Nichols all hailed from Kaneohe.

No sooner had he said he was a Navy veteran, another surfer sitting next to me, quipped in, and said he was in the Army. I looked over at him, and right next to him was my friend and fellow surfer, Gary Smith who just came back from IRAQ.

Then it dawned on me.

Between myself (Marines), Gary (AirForce) and the two others, ARMY and NAVY we had almost all the branches of the ARMED FORCES present. All we were missing, was a Coastie. I've often said, that there are many surfers out there who served in the Military, and here we all were, unknowingly, in a group surfing. It was pretty cool. I thanked the two guys who I just met, for serving our country, and then we all shared some more waves.

Serving and Surfing, for all of America and Freedom.

Lot's of people say they support this and support that. Lot's of people (and surfers in general) claim that they support the Surfrider foundation and want to keep the ocean clean. But how many of you actually do anything about it? I mean, besides picking up your own trash, or dropping the occasional dollar in the jar at some surf related event, how many of you have really put your words into action?

Look, I'm not claiming to be anything of the sort.

I'm like most of you. I care, but my actions are limited to picking up my own trash and educating others to pick up their own trash. OK ,so I've gone beyond the educating part and have made a few undesirables pick up their trash or face serious consequences. But you're missing the point. Or maybe I'm getting off track here. The point is, this week I saw an individual accomplish a pretty impressive feat.

Margo Pellegrino has decided to do something to raise awareness to the perils facing our ocean. This married 40 yr old mother of two is paddling an outrigger canoe from MIAMI to MAINE. She stopped here in Hampton on Friday on her way to MAINE. She started her journey on May 7th of this year. This massive undertaking will cover some 2,000 miles and take 11 weeks to complete.

I was made aware of this incredible feat by local surfer/videographer John Savastano. John helped arrange the Hampton landing and it was by all accounts a pretty impressive day. Local Surf Shops Cinnamon Rainbows & Pioneers, along with other local surf companies like SURF GEL were on hand to welcome Margo and encourage her on her final leg of her journey.

It might not seem like a big deal to some of you, but trust me, taking on an undertaking of these proportions is pretty humbling. Having done something similar back in 2000-2001 when I surfed everyday for one year here in Northern New England, I can tell you first hand, it is a big deal. The hardest part is sticking to the mission. Anyone can quit. Look at the Frenchman Girard who quit after less than one day in an attempt to row across the Atlantic Ocean last week. Are you kidding me?

Quitting is easy when it comes to dropping out of commitments. The hard part is sticking it out. Staying the course. Margo has committed to the mission at hand, and she will, I believe, be successful. She's not about to quit.

I've often tried to teach my own children about commitment and seeing things through. Too many times we are all witness to people giving up and quitting. Whether you are paddling out on a good sized day, to trying to make a relationship work. DON'T GIVE UP. NO MATTER WHAT. DON'T GIVE UP. I have no respect for those who quit.

Unless you're talking about quitting something bad like drugs or alcohol or some other abusive bullshit. I'm talking about NOT quitting something significant. A promise. An oath. Something of significance. Something good.

Like I said, anybody can quit. Anyone. It takes guts and determination to see something through. It takes character and perseverance. It takes faith, hope and love.

So from all of us here in Northern New England we Salute you Margo Pellegrino. And we hope, that your children, and everyone else you may have inspired along the way, take this achievement of yours, and put it to something positive, that they can do in their lives, to make a difference in someone else's life,

And please Don't forget. The Continuing Fund for the Late Surfer Danny Miller's young son Landon can be made to The Landon Miller Fund through ANY Citizen Bank. Or send your donation to:
The Landon Miller Foundation
83 South Road
North Hampton, NH 03862

Click below to see Danny Tribute or see Danny Surfing
Tribute to
Danny. North By Northeast

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



The annual Ralph's SURF Art Column is July 29th! Send in your art images.
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Yesterday 1920 A Small Plane lands on Hampton Beach
This past week a small ultra light plane crashed off the beach at Hampton creating quite a stir.
Thank God no one was hurt. But it reminded me of this old photo. This guy landed on the beach on purpose.
In fact, I believe he was offering aerial rides of the whole beach. Probably cost 25 cents.
The beach look back in those days looks really uncomfortable.
Photo courtesy of The Lane Library Hampton, NH

Today 2007 Friday The 13th...This week's small 3 day swell

(Above) 5:50AM Friday the 13th...this is what Mackey and I saw as we pulled up.
Photo by SFOD R. Fatello

(Above) Friday the 13th...the tide was coming in but it was still fun.
Photo by SFOD R. Fatello

(Above) MVF mid pump Friday the 13th...
Photo by SFOD R. Fatello

(Above) Unknown pointing to the points of light. Friday the 13th...

Photo by SFOD R. Fatello

(Above) MVF said it was waist high. I said it was a little bigger. Who was right? Unknown Friday the 13th...
Photo by SFOD R. Fatello

(Above) Lenny Nichols, knee lowered and grabbing a rail for a Friday the 13th sun glide.
Photo by SFOD R. Fatello

(Above) Kai Nichols, popping over the top of the wave like a periscope , scanning the horizon for his next wave.
Photo by SFOD R. Fatello

(Above) 8:50AM Friday the 13th...this is what Mackey and I saw as we left.
Photo by SFOD R. Fatello

(Above) Midday Friday the 13th...the swell was dropping but the water temps were rising. LB section.
Photo by SFOD R. Fatello

(Above) Midday Friday the 13th...the local paddlers escorting Margo into Hampton
Photo by SFOD R. Fatello

(Above) Midday Friday the 13th...MVF for session number 2, setting up for the inside float...
Photo by SFOD R. Fatello

(Above) Friday the 13th floater...MVF stamping one.
Photo by SFOD R. Fatello

(Above) Midday Friday the 13th...Ryan never wears a wetsuit She's out all summer long 'sans' wetsuit.
Photo by SFOD R. Fatello

(Above) Margo Pellegrino heading into Hampton on her 2,000 mile trek.
Photo by SFOD R. Fatello

(Above) The MARGO GREETERS. Margo and her 20' outrigger canoe make landfall in Hampton at Midday
on Friday the 13th...

Photo by SFOD R. Fatello

(Above) The MARGO PADDLERS. This is the crew that paddled out to meet Margo.
Midday on Friday the 13th...
left to right Johnny Sav, Margo, Anthony, Walter and Unknown.
Photo by SFOD R. Fatello

(Above) The MARGO SUPPORTERS. Margo's SURF GEL support group welcome her to North Beach.
Shortly later she paddled off for Maine. Friday the 13th...

Photo by SFOD R. Fatello

Today 2007 Last week's Awesome Summer Session

I've known Christian del Rosario for many years. I've followed his surfing lifestyle through his own
website NeSurfari and basically have been aware of his life with his wife Nicole and their daughter Makayla.
He ran a photo last week that really hit home with me. It was a photo of he and his daughter surfing.
To me, it spoke volumes of what the pure essence of what surfing is all about. I asked Christian to send me
the photos so I could post them for you.

Here's what Christian wrote about this neat session in his own words.

Aloha everyone!

Things have been busy out here on Nantucket with season in full swing and all the associated craziness of
owning and running a surf school/ camp. I just recently experienced what I believe to be the perfect
summer day and wanted to share it with everybody.

Here's Makayla and I on Sunday July 1st. It was the perfect summer day. I actually had to teach lessons most of
the morning and early afternoon but we had a full crew of family and friends set up down on the beach all day.
Jan had the hibachi going all afternoon grilling tasty grinds on the beach. Growlers of Cisco beer fresh from the
brewery five minutes away kept the thirst quenched. A couple buddies with their guitars entertained in between
surfs making everything just right. The weather was gorgeous and just like a warm dry September day with no wind
and glassy knee to waist high southeast swell lines. With a fleet of longboards for anyone to use we were
cruisin' Hawaiian style just like families do it on the weekends in the Islands. Again it was the perfect day and one
of the reasons we live out here on Nantucket...

The best part was taking out my daughter Makayla who is now three and a half, to slide some glassy walls.
This was the first day she was standing up riding real ocean waves. I had her out on a micro day when she was
nine months on her knees and last year she would stand up and ride ferry wakes inside the Jetties by herself all
the time. She is a little fish and loves the water! Her giggles and squeals of delight that day were priceless!
She was loving it!

Photos by Mom Nicole


VIDEO by SFOD R. Fatello

(Above) Dean Randazza can surf as good as anyone....from the movie 13POINT5.
Click on photo for Video clip.

Video Frame grab and Video clip by SFOD R. Fatello

Today 2007 Anutha Phantom Road Trip

(Above) X marks the spot. The Phantom and his team take us on another little sidetrack out west.
Photo courtesy of the Phantom

(Above) Is that a dead body? Or a Phantom duck dive?

(Above) Wait? The Phantom drives a freaking Mercedes? Now that ain't right. Photo courtesy of the Phantom

(Above) Is this Skull Island? Phantom? Kong Island? Looks sketchy...or is that sharky?
Photo courtesy of the Phantom

(Above) Neat set-up...does the sun ever shine out there? Photo courtesy of the Phantom

(Above) This looks sharkey...Phantom striker team trolling for men in grey suits. Photo courtesy of the Phantom

Today 2007 Parting Shot...Just what I thought... No Thanks.

(Above) The Phantom scoffs at signs like these.
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