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July 8th, 2007

I will never forget where I was when the Great Fog Of Summer 07 rolled in... at the Wall, with friends and family. We had just paddled out to surf the waist high swell on Friday July 6th, when the wind switched, and the thickest, most dense fog of all, engulfed the line-up and then the beach. Surfers who were no more than 10 yards away from me seconds before, suddenly vanished.

It was weird, but not that uncommon.

I've seen my share of dense fogs. But having said that, it was still noteworthy, when a fog that thick comes rolling in. It was funny hearing some of the beginners freaking, and hearing the tourists in the shorebreak calling out for each other as well. What wasn't funny was, having some young beginner in a purple wetsuit run me over. In fact, he didn't just run me over. He actually shot his board at me and hit me square in the rib cage. I'm still sore today. I remember looking at him as he panicked and shot his board at me. He was horrified and truly sorry.

I forgave him and his purple wetsuit.

He had just moments before, almost ruined a good little tube that I managed to pull into, and out of. I was riding along on a nice hollow section, setting up for a little cover up, when I noticed this kid in a purple wetsuit paddling for all he was worth out on the shoulder. Normally, I would expect for the alleged perpetrators to come to their senses and back off once they spotted me. Therefore, I rarely raise my voice nowadays. But this kid, was determined, to catch the wave that I was already on. With a look of pure incredulous disbelief, I gave a little "Hey hey" out to the perp. It wasn't loud and it was not forceful. He saw me, and then, and only then, did he back off.

Of course, the very next wave he was on, he speared me in the ribs. But you guys would of been proud of me. I took it all in stride and shook it off.

But back to the fog for a moment.

I wanted to share with you a true story that happened to me many years ago concerning a similar deep fog. The same kind of fog we all experienced up here on Friday. Only this time I was alone on the beach. I walked down the stairs at the Wall and out onto the sand when I realized just how thick the fog really was. I purposely made some distinguishing marks in the sand, as I was doing my stretching, just prior to entering the water.

The surf was decent size about head high and totally glassy that day. I surfed for about two hours when I decided to head in. I had no idea where I was, as I proned towards the shore. I entered the water at 10th street, but thought I might be as far down as 16th street, or as far up as 6th street. I simply had no idea. When I hit the sand I was completely blown away at what I saw. There in the sand were my foot prints and hand prints where I had stretched just two hours prior. I mean, I had literally stepped back into my own footprints!

Before you all say Big freaking deal, think about what I just wrote. I mean how many times have you entered the water and exited the water in the same footprints on freaking sunny days let alone in a thick as pea soup fog?
I have never done that before, or since.

I thought about it on Friday though. For the record, when I came in on Friday, I was at least two openings down from where I entered the water. I was not even close.

In fact, when I came in, I asked one startled surf Mom if she knew what Town I was in.


So this was the 100th year anniversary for Hampton Beach. 1907-2007. One hundred years of beach activities and other beach like events. It was going to be an eventful fireworks display. We (our surf family community) were all excited about seeing the Fireworks this year. Well that's not entirely true. Only some of us were excited. Some of the teenagers are starting to wane in the "Ooh and ahhh" department. As with several of the adults. In fact, there was some teeth pulling to get the train moving out of the barbecue cookout mode and down to the main beach.

When we finally did get moving, the rain was really taking it's toll. Those that really didn't want to go in the first place, were starting to groan a little louder. While those, who had not given up on the tradition of watching Fireworks on the 4th, were starting to dampen with negativity. I must admit, I too felt a little silly. I was wet and not really up for it. However, I was not about to let a few raindrops ruin the experience for some of the younger kids.
So I rallied the troops and kept their spirits high.

Unfortunately, unbeknownst to any of us, the Fireworks had already been canceled some three hours earlier, due to the rain and then by a fire at the beach. We had no way of knowing this. So we trudged on down to our favorite spot on the rocks to watch the fireworks. It was pouring rain by then.

Oh, we saw some fireworks...but they were the amateur kind that you buy at the local Fireworks shops. Not exactly what you'd expect for the 100th anniversary. By the time we found out the Fireworks had been canceled, we were all soaked. The group eventually trickled back to our vehicles. The last ones standing there were myself and Mags. We stood there in the rain. Blinking. Looking at the horizon on the beach. Waiting and waiting for the first one to go off so we could call back the troops who had deserted us.
But it never happened. The Hampton Beach 100th Anniversary Fireworks display was not going to happen.

That's OK, because the next day, the swell that I had predicted last week had come up and it lasted for three days. Granted, it was not a big swell, but it was plenty surfable. But man was it cold. And then that fog on Friday, but hey, we had surf for three days. July 5-6-7...

Thanks to all who came out on 7-7-07 for the nationwide Support the Troops Day. My Band played across from CINNAMON RAINBOWS. BIG HANDSOME DADDY, a blues/rock trio playing Hendrix/Stevie Ray style bluesy rock with a handful of originals. The event was a Support The Troops Rally and was a NON-POLITICAL Rally to show support for the Troops who are serving our country.
It was a first for me. Having never played on the beach, I have to admit, it was pretty cool.

Check out my other site for the new movie ideas we have cooking at

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. No more than 2 images per artist. Make sure you have the following:
1. Title of Art Piece
2. Name of artist.
3. What medium you used.
MAKE SURE all Images are jpegs and NO Bigger and NO Smaller than 650 pixels wide. All you other webmasters PLEASE pass the word.


Yesterday 1977 Tim Polychronis sliding home at the Wall.
Tim is a good friend of ours and has spent his entire life surfing these waves. He recently moved back into the
home his late parents owned. He and Donna and their children have done a remarkable job renovating the home.
And I'm sure they will have many wonderful years there together. Welcome back Tim.
Photo courtesy of The Polychronis family

Today 2007 We got surf this week...but no one took photos? What is up
with that? No worries. The Man who's taken more great photos of the
islands than anyone else, has graced us with a few more nuggets.

From the Bernie Baker 2007 Summer Series.

(Above) Check out this Goofy footer's inside knee positioning and hand leverage as he puts this torqued out
turn to test in Ala Moana bowl.

Photo by Bernie Baker

(Above) The speed and momentum off the bottom turn is crucial to where you go next. Shot number 2 ALA Moana.
Photo by Bernie Baker

(Above) The pivot and wheel at the lip's edge is also critical to completing a maneuver. Shot number 3 ALA Moana.
Photo by Bernie Baker

(Above) Compression and stable stance, fore hand back in the wave face, his second turn is complete.
This is how you do a snap at Alamo! And to all you surf photographers, this is how you take a surf sequence.
I've always said, you have to BE and KNOW surfing to be a good Surf Photographer. Shot number 4 ALA Moana.

Photo by Bernie Baker

Today 2007 The July 4-7th Photos

(Above) Greeting the returning Troops from IRAQ on July 4th at Pease Airport. The Pease Greeters are there
for every single returning flight from Iraq and Afghanistan. This day, July 4th had over 500 "Pease Greeters" .
The troops have NO idea that anyone is there to greet them. It is truly one of the most rewarding experiences
of my life. Do you support the Troops? Then may I suggest you go to one of these in Portsmouth, NH.
These are NOT Republicans or Democrats. These are Americans greeting Americans.
Go to for more info.

Photo by SFOD R. Fatello

(Above) Steve "Poppa" Magliano and daughter Tessa just in from Australia. Celebrating the 4th!

Photo by SFOD R. Fatello

(Above) Harry Manzi...getting ready to celebrate the 4th.
Photo by SFOD R. Fatello

(Above) Harry celebrating the 4th by eating a small cow. Don't worry, the cow was already dead.
Photo by SFOD R. Fatello

(Above) Steve Rafferty accepts a portrait of what he will look like in the future by artist Mackey V. Don't FORGET
To SEND In YOUR SURF ART before July 29th for the ANNUAL SURF ART Column.
Photo by SFOD R. Fatello

(Above) Watching the fireworks at Hampton Beach...wait, there's NO Fireworks. Bummer.
Photo by SFOD R. Fatello

(Above) Westy Surfer and creative genius behind some wild and creative Floats, Tom Craig of Central Cal has
once again outdid himself as he puts together another wild Float for the annual July 4th Parade in Central Cal.
This year's creation...Mr ROBOTO. Tom's band plays on the float and the whole town comes out for this
festive day. Those westy boys know how to celebrate!

Photo by Jeff Chamberlain

(Above) Saturday July 7th at the Beach. BIG HANDSOME DADDY rocking Hendrix and Stevie Ray tunes on the
beach for the Support the Troops Rally.

Photo by Cory Fatello


VIDEO by SFOD R. Fatello

(Above) Mike Moran inside a gaping hole...from the movie NORTH BY NORTHEAST.
Click on photo for Video clip.

Video Frame grab and Video clip by SFOD R. Fatello

Today 2007 The Phantom's Road Trip

(Above) Sometimes the Phantom and his team ditch their water crafts and hunt waves by land. In other words
They are like you and me. They own and drive pick-up trucks and SUV's. They don't call him the Phantom
for nothing.
Photo courtesy of the Phantom

(Above) The Phantom boards...before or after the session? Only the Phantom knows for sure.
Photo courtesy of the Phantom

(Above) Phantom team member testing the waters. Photo courtesy of the Phantom

(Above) Is this The Phantom? Wait, he only has ONE Leg? Good Lord...what happened? A shark? A Great White?
Oh, it's not the Phantom, it's one of his boys getting the sand out of his shoe. Whew!

Photo courtesy of the Phantom

(Above) The Phantom vehicles? Photo courtesy of the Phantom

(Above) The Phantom striker team. Photo courtesy of the Phantom

Today 2007 Parting Shot...Kids Playing Near the Water's Edge....
Hawaiian Style!
photos by Bernie Baker


(Above) Kids being kids in Hawaii. Shot number 1 Photo by Bernie Baker

(Above) That rock looks slippery. But these kids are having a blast. Shot number 2 Photo by Bernie Baker

(Above) The kid in the middle is getting shacked! Shot number 3 Photo by Bernie Baker

(Above) Can you hear the laughter? Kids in Hawaii. Shot number 4 Photo by Bernie Baker






















































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































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