April 30, 2010
Jack Called me today to tell me Jim Clifford passed away... We all know Jim was tough nut to crack but Hell I liked the guy .. I always got along with Jim not sure how or why...Its funny you have a clip of him in the video... Very fitting considering...Love him or Hate him He was one of us... Rest in Peace Jim!!!!
That was strange having a clip of him and then finding out he had passed away the week before. Life is short...another surfer has left the line-up.
April 29, 2010
Cool, thanks Ralph! I just read your blog from the 25th about the sad case of the ‘Unknown surfer,’ so before I fall to this unfortunate fate – that is me in the photo. What’s ironic is that you shot my husband this same week last year, at Hampton during the rainbow swell! The photo is titled “Unknown red board at C-land. Earth day rainbow swell 4/23/09.
Also, we just watched the Run and thought it rocked !
That's funny. I'll make sure you don't suffer the same fate. That was a beautiful rainbow. If you have the RUN that will be a collector's item because we are re-releasing the UPDATED version 50 out of 52 weeks. It will be called The RUN Redux.
Got some new QWILL songs that are so good.
April 28, 2010
Thanks for all your super shots and commentary.
You're welcome Peter.
April 28, 2010
I really like the 70's films of late.Brings back a lot of fond memories.I like to see the yellow swallowtail again.I think I paid you 100 for it .It was a great Cove board
I especially like the footage of Kevin as he was the best surfer in the area and I only started surfing in 1972 so he had a great style to borrow from . I have been trying to explain to my son Matt how he was able to casually un weight at the top of a wave and effortlessly drop down and make the next section or decide to switch feet and deal with things front side. Nice to see Calley in action again as well.
Thanks Mike. Lot's of fond memories for sure.
April 27, 2010
Hi Ralph – I realize this is a little late, but I thought I’d forward this photo along anyway. The shot was taken by my husband, Joel on April 19, 2010. It was a gem of a night!
That's a cool shot.
April 26, 2010
Wow. You got some great shots this week. All the turbulence pics, the Hanon pic and the shoals stuff and the air refueling tanker. Really great and I know you are loving that camera. Very versatile and suits your shoot-from-the-hip style. Right on!
April 25, 2010
Good Stuff !!! Brings back many memories of those great wall hanging days with all our friends. Love the shot of Bob F. and I sitting under the Wall ... You drove us crazy with that camera but we love ya for it Buddy
If I didn't shoot that footage it would all just be faded memories today...
April 22, 2010
Hi Ralph. How are you doing?
been since thanksgiving weekend since I made it down to New Hampshire
for a surf. As you can well imagine, far far too long a time, missing
too many of the weeks of 'The Run' as there was always always something,
from crazy snow in between Montreal and NH when the systems brought
waves, or just work to do. But I finally made the first trip of 2010
this week. Monday and Tuesday, while not big, were certainly a lot of
fun, and definitely waist high or bigger on the sets. It being my first
time out in such a while, its probably best that it wasn't all that
had myself some great sessions on the longboard I made myself as one
of my winter projects, catching some nice rides, getting some sun, talking
with some of the local folks and enjoying what seemed like unusually
warm spring water.
have a couple of pics here of some unknown surfers taken at the wall
on monday evening. Probably around 6-7pm. Not amazing, as they are shot
with a point and shoot, but some proof that it was waist or better.
I'll attach a pic of the longboard I did. One of a few boards that I
did over the winter for myself for some locals here in Montreal.
hope that all is well with you. See you in the water sometime!
Johan, I have to admit, I admire the stoke and determination it takes
for you guys to drive that far for a surf. How many hours? 4-5? The
photos of the Wall are cool as well, and that board is sweet looking.
Keep surfing and keep your eyes on the road.
|April 22, 2010
Hey Ralph, loved the retrospective this week. Great to see such a huge
body of work on all things Hampton and surf related. Can't believe how
fast time flies.
I attached another shot, I'm looking at an apartment right near where
this one was taken at the SC pier..hope to move in here on the first.
If so, many more sunset and surf pics to follow!
Well we ALL hope you get that apartment Steve.
April 16, 2010
Ralph's pic of the day: The wave is definitely bigger than waist high!
I would call days like that waist with the occasional chest high set
or waist high with chest drops. The problem with those shots is that
it looks great in the one shot at take off but in the next frame the
wave is considerably smaller. I found that as I get older it is always
better to be positive though! As long as it isn't flat I'll call it
Amen to that brother.
April 16, 2010
I didn't need the photoshopped shot. I believed you had it right with
the original. 8 for 8.
By the way, is it just my sunburned,old eyes or is it tough to read
the blue links against the green background on the blog home page?
Thanks for the daydreams. I read your blog sitting in a windowless cubicle.
It's a field trip to the frontal lobes.
are right Joe. It's waist high. And yes it's hard to see the blue over
the green. But that's why I change the background color from week to
week. Don't get caught reading the blog at work. Hate to see anyone
get in trouble because of surfing.
April 14, 2010
What you are doing in your "Ralphs Pics " is something which
I am very grateful for every week I log in to check the happenings at
our beach community. I'm not sure I can put my finger on it but you
have helped us to define ourselves as a community. Ken Burns recently
did the same when he simply gave attention to our national parks. He
was the conduit to help others access the miracle happening all around
from east to west....north to south.......You are helping us to define
who we are as a people within the context of our Hampton community.
Your thumbprint is there with your news, views and interesting takes
on events.......but at the same time you let the community be the heros.......
So my friend......hats off to Ralph.......you have helped us to treasure
who we are as a people.... enjoying our activities.....reminding us
of that which is important....
said this many times in the past. It's the Surfers like you who used
to live here and have since moved on to other places in the world, who
really seem to make the connection to this beach community, thru my
weekly column and photos. I'm truly happy, and humbly thankful, that
I am able to provide you with a spiritual link to our life back home.
April 11, 2010
Is this long time 10 year surfer/Kayaker Bipolar ???? Because that would
explain pretty much everything he said..
You might be right Mike.
April 11, 2010
In response to your Yacker segment. Dont
cast all kayakers into the drink because of one moron. That
had to be the most blatant drop in and the best example of what not
to do. This guy has not excuse at all. From
the other set of photos the kayaker got a karma ass kicking that he
deserved and solidified my opinion that he had no business being out
see examples of poor surf etiquette every time out that stem from inexperience
or arrogance that are provided by kayakers and boarders alike.
all need to get along and there isnt any reason why we cant.
I couldn't agree more.
April 8, 2010
Wow. Too busy. I am stealing money from myself to read your column!
Gotta relax sometime. Oh no, he didn't call you a terrorist. This is gonna be good... All
real surfers believe in... (now he is the authority on what "real"
surfers are...(I watched a kayaker drop in on Chris S. the day we got
back from the mountains and it was plain ignorance...).. you "wear
a skirt"?????? I don't think you would get Ned's vote...or should I say "Neddie"!
choppers were scouring for "terrorists" who create drama over
ignorant kayakers listening to Kenny G while cluelessly running over
"real surfers' with good Karma.
dropin is so funny. As the Bible says, "ye reap what ye shall sow".
Or as Eddie Murphy said,"You brought that shit on yo'self muthafucka!"
you my son.
is getting funnier by the hour...
April 8, 2010
are on sale down here if you are interested in buying one!!
you are well,
April 7, 2010
That (The Yakker Story) was one of the funniest photo-stories I read
in a long, long time.
Thanks Greg that was my intention, but not
everyone feels like we do, check out Ned's
reply to that story.
April 6, 2010
Ralph, I just wanted to thank you for all the great pictures you have
been sharing! It really helps me get through the grind at work! I know
the swell has been unreal this year and I have only been making it out
about 20% of the time during the week. Your pictures keep me pumped!
Thank you for keeping my life sane!!!
Harbor long boarder!
Eric...there's a lot of surfers like you out there. I hear from them
all the time. I'm glad you get something out of my weekly ramblings
and posts. So thank you for the kind words.
April 5, 2010
yap about your new found Christianity but still feel you own the beach
and rule Hampton from this pulpit. Fostering this surfer/kayaker bull
shit, and bad feelings. Youre nothing but a name dropping community
terrorist on this issue.
been both surfing and kayaking North Beach and surrounding breaks for
the last tens years with no problems. There is no need for this bullshit
crap. All real surfers believe in Karma and dont mess with bad
vibes. Stop trying to create something. If you want to bitch for the
reason that you wear a skirt then bitch about how much more room the
kayakers would have if the Massholes or Canadians werent there.
like your site, and what it brings to our Hampton surf community but
you opinions make you a TOTAL ASSHOLE. Funny part is I know your not,
you donate your time around town and run the Surf Family Robinson Day
(which I brought my family to last summer Thank You) but this
crusade of yours is stupid.
Surf-kayaker and surfer
(BELOW IS MY RESPONSE in yellow high lite)
You yap about your new found Christianity but still feel you own the
beach and rule Hampton from this pulpit.*It's
not New found Ned. I've always been a Christian. Own the beach and Rule Hampton? You got to be kidding me. Although,
if there were such a position open, I'd like to run for that office.
Can I count on your vote?
Fostering this surfer/kayaker bull shit, and bad feelings. Youre
nothing but a name dropping community terrorist on this issue. *Ned that hurt...calling me a Terrorist...that's harsh. Osama Bin Laden,
Timothy McVeigh and Ralph Fatello?
Ive been both surfing and kayaking North Beach and surrounding
breaks for the last tens years with no problems. There is no need for
this bullshit crap. *You do know that "bullshit
and crap" are the same right? Look that guy ran a woman over and
another surfer. I watched it and actually spoke with him about it. He
was clueless, and not very remorseful about it. Plus he was wearing
earphones and listening to music. That's crazy. I guess we wish all
YAKKERS were like you then. All real surfers believe
in Karma and dont mess with bad vibes. *Huh? Believe in Karma? And wait these are not bad vibes towards me? Stop trying to create something. *Ned you
gotta be kidding me. You can't see the tongue and cheek fun I was having
here? If you want to bitch for the reason that you wear
a skirt then bitch about how much more room the kayakers would have
if the Massholes or Canadians werent there.*Wear
a skirt? Neddie...again with being hurtful. And what a f-ing hypocrite
you are. Guys from Massachusetts have no rights? Canadians have no rights?
Tell that to the local surf shops and restaurants who depend on them.
What kind of Karma is that Ned?
I like your site, and what it brings to our Hampton surf community but
you opinions make you a TOTAL ASSHOLE. *Ned
you know the old saying... opinions are like assholes...everyone has
one. Even you. Funny part is I know your not, you donate
your time around town and run the Surf Family Robinson Day (which I
brought my family to last summer Thank You) but this crusade of
yours is stupid.*Ned make up your mind.
Am I an asshole or not? Am I a Terrorist or not? Am I stupid or not?
Do I wear a skirt or not?
Local Surf-kayaker and surfer *and Anti-Masshole
and Anti-Canadian and now RALPH Hater.
P.S. I'll see you at the 2010 Surf Family Robinson party in the YAKKERS
ONLY section on the beach
April 5, 2010
read your column this morning. Very good Easter message.
is the spring edition of the newsletter that I write quarterly. I sure
wouldnt want to write something weekly like you do or even monthly.
Judith that was well written newsletter. Great job.
April 5, 2010
Hey Ralph...really liked what you had to say about Jesus/Easter/ and
who we are as people..basically carbon specs created by Him because
He loves us. I, like you try my best daily..and yes I screw up daily,
but I truly believe that my desire to please God does in fact please
Him. Like you I also never am afraid to stand up for what I believe...many
things, mostly harsh life lessons deepen my faith...and a beautiful
sunrise at north beach doesn't hurt either- it was awesome..look forward
to meeting ya someday at the wall...
Stevo (new old guy)
Thanks Stevo...sounds like you are on the right
April 5, 2010
Just read your Easter column and I appreciate your sensitivity to all
your readers. But you know, the name of Jesus is just going to be offensive
to some. Jesus told us not to be surprised at that, they hated me, they'll
hate you because of my name. We should count it all joy to be ridiculed
for the sake of The Name. We can talk about God all we want, but If
we're lifting up Jesus as "the way, the truth and the life"
and "the only way to the Father" in heaven, Jesus told us
to expect persecution (mild as it is in this country). I wanted to share
a couple of verses that have helped me to see our condition before God
and our only solution.OK, more than a couple of verses. Ralph, I don't
want you (or anyone) to just hope, think or believe they're saved. I
don't want you to think salvation has anything to do with your good
works. I want you to know that if you were to stand before God and he
asked you "why should I let you into my kingdom" you'll say
because Jesus died for my sins and he has given me his righteousness.
He's the narrow way, bro, and not all will find it.
Norm...I'm getting it. I know what we have to do.
April 5, 2010
You might not remember me, but in 2007 through May 2009 I was a (semi)
regular up at the Wall. I bought and traded a number of boards at Crop's
shop during that time and got to be quite friendly with Ross.
From time-to-time I check your blog. Sometimes I check it because feel
homesick for New England since I now live in San Jose, Costa Rica. What
am I doing here? I teach New Testament at a Christian Seminary. What
was I doing in MA? From 2006-2009 I was working on a Master's in Theology
from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary so I could return to Costa
Rica and teach. My wife and I have been serving with the Latin America
Mission since 2001.
Your latest blog prompted me to write you. I personally think it is
great that you wrote what you did. You came off as an honest human humbly
acknowledging the reality of your life and the reality of Christ as
well. Especially good was how you wrote how unbelievable the resurrection
really is. That isn't often highlighted when people talk about the Gospel.
The resurrection is the centerpiece and also the most unbelievable portion
of the Gospel. I would love to hear how Christ reached you. What do
your family members think about your becoming a Christian?
Lastly, I have a brother-in-law who is serving with the Special Forces,
based at Ft. Bragg. He is a medic and currently in Afghanistan. He,
too is a surfer (we surfed Witch's Rock and some other breaks down here
together) and a Christian as well. So thanks, for your years of service
to our country.
If I can ever be of service to you either as a Christian brother or
as a reference for CR surf info, let me know and I'll do what I can.
I'll try to look you up next time I'm in your area.
I'd appreciate your prayers not only that I serve Christ well here as
I teach and serve my family, but that I'd get the right board as I am
currently searching for a good one. I'm on the fence between a larger
quad fish or an all around longboard. I was planning to take both with
me when I returned last year, but it didn't work out since shipping
was so expensive.
Peace to you,
Jason (Costa Rica)
Thank you so much for the kind words. Sounds
like you and your wife are doing wonderful work. I'll keep you both
in my prayers. And I'll say a prayer for your brother-in-law who's a
medic w/SF in Afghanistan. Medics do great things for our military.
As far as the board dilemma, I'd say stick with the Longboard...you
can't go wrong.
April 4, 2010
been scanning a bunch of stuff and came across this shot from
yesteryear. A hurricane swell whose name I can not remember but II
think it was the first time I met Cliff and Greg was in town. Kevin,
Cliff and I surfed Compton and Wishing Well. Maybe you can put it
together if you have an interest in posting it. I shot it by remote
the Grondins. (l to r) Rick Aho, Kevin Grondin, Cliff Pappas, Kim
Grondin, Ralph Fatello, Greg Smith, Alan Bigsby.
Thumbs up and best regards,
Rick...but there was nothing there. You sure you didn't dream this?
April 3, 2010
Hey Ralph, thanks for publishing those last photos, it was really cool
to see them on your page! Here's a couple more if you think they're
worthy..sorry, I think they're smaller than you need, my photo editor
is a little funky..but I thought I'd share anyway.
last shot is one I took when I was living back there of big Rye Rocks!
That one's from the vault, it's gotta be from around 1999 or 2000..it's
a pretty big wave too, if you look closely you can see the black dot
of a winter suit going over the shoulder near the lip..I remember surfing
all is well with you and things are drying out..I heard it's supposed
to be in the 70's or something in the next day or so.
All is well here, just surfing and doin' the deal, one day at a time!
Steve (Southern Cal)
were fine...great stuff thanks for sending them.
April 2, 2010
and I are celebrating our 25th wedding aniversary Sat. 3rd . I would
like to give a shout out and my aloha for the ultimate surf mom . Six
surfers to deal with and a warm water only surfer , and a ESA co-director
. In the dictionary her picture is next to the definition of surf mom,
in my mind anyway.
both amazing and wonderful...congrats you Silver Anniversary couple!
April 1, 2010
Cause I'm 56 yrs old. and still do this. go ahead and blog the easties
The waist leash is for intravenous feeding so I never have to come in.
ankle leashes mess up my back ( because of an injury). I look like a
total freak but the good news is everyone avoids an old man wearing
gloves and an waist leash. you should try it.
Here are my favorite shots of this season. I kind of got inspired and
paddled out on some fairly good sized days. I really don't want to surf
anything bigger these days but still got the mojo.
There is a guy that stands on shore for hours then post on his web site
for you to buy.
Rock (Northern Cal)
Rock you got Big Brass ones...waist leash or