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APRIL 2nd, 2017 The RUN is 35 out of 35 Weeks.
Waist high or better at least once a week.

There was GOOD Surf March 26th, 29th, & April 1st, 2017
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APRIL FOOLS DAY SNOWSTORM? SAY WHAT?
WHAT IS THIS SOME KIND OF A JOKE?



I'm looking at 6-10" of the heavy white stuff. It's April Fools Day, but there's nothing really funny about this. In fact, if not for my good friend and neighbor Gary I would be really pissed right now. My snow blower died in February and supposedly was fixed right before STELLA hit. Wrong. I was back at it with the shovel. Same with this storm. I shoveled the lower part of the driveway to get my daughter and the babies out. And I have to tell you, I was not looking forward to finishing up with the shovel.

Well, while I was working on the blog, Gary must of swung by and got my ass out of trouble again. Good thing, this is heart attack kind of snow. Not that I am a candidate for a heart attack, but you never know. Better safe than sorry. One thing's for sure. I'm buying a new snowblower next year.

This is not the first time we got hit with a major snow storm on April Fools Day.
Can't believe how many people forget April 1st, 1997. We got slammed that day. I have video of six foot high snow drifts. Seriously, it was crazy. So this storm THESEUS is bad, but we've had worse.



This is a shot of Beacon Hill in Boston on April 1st, 1997. This is No joke.



Abbott and Costello in a photo from the 50's. If you saw the movie ARRIVAL you will remember the names of the two aliens in the movie were Abbott and Costello. Not sure how many people caught that. You'd be showing your age if you did. And I did. They were a comic duo from the 40's 50's. Google them.



And of course the Squid like Aliens in ARRIVAL.



I've got to think that April Fools Day in this household must of been tense. She doesn't look to forgiving here. With a string of allegations from a large group of women, surely made things uneasy in the Clintonian home. "Slick Willie" was getting his Willie a little too slick for HRC during this rocky stretch of their marriage. But hey, they are still married.

So, like Jesus said, "When I forgive-I forget." They really are perfect for each other. For me personally, I always loved the looks they gave each other over the years. I'm sure there are future looks that will be forthcoming that will entertain us. Until then, enjoy this uncomfortable photo.

I am calling this the BEST GoPro pic ever.



This pic is mindblowing. The smoothness of the wave face, and the sun mirroring image is just fantastic. Say what you want about those things, but there can be no denying the beauty and perfection of this photo. The Go Pro nose mounted shots are in my honest opinion, boring.

But this? This is great. If not the greatest ever. I'm guessing it's the GoPro 5.
I must have one of these by the beginning of summer, or Lil Ralphie is gonna be sad. Don't make me sad. Get me one. (Yo baby I'm talking to you)


"Surfing With Go Pros Heals All Wounds"

 

 

 

 

 

 



At some point in the near future, I may use a pic that was already
used before for Ed's corner. I think this might be a repeat, but I can't be 100% sure. I do know this is Ryan Jackson and the year is 2013.
I suppose I should spend some time in the near future and start to catalog all of his photos. But in the meantime, I'll keep grabbing pics from the archives and posting them here.

To see more of Ed's pics just scroll through the archives. He has shot so many pics for the blog. Each week I will feature one of Ed's great pics from this blog. Photo by Ed O'Connell
*Click the photo above to see a larger version of Ed's Pic.


Now for Some More Of My Weekly Global Observances
This day of Fools can't go by without poking a little fun at POTUS.



You know, I'm sure there are many Americans who wish this were true.



This is some pretty good artwork. I'm serious. I love good illustrators and this is some very good art. And if you look closely you will see the date is April Fools Day 2017. So I'm going with that theme here.

And speaking of good art, check this out!



I am a caricature artist, so I have some background in the beauty of this particular piece of art. It is very well done. It capture the person perfectly. Every single person who's sat in that office has had caricatures done of them. Poor Abe Lincoln was constantly in the papers looking like a cross between a monster and a caveman.

Let's face it you have to have thick skin if you want to be POTUS.

KSM Photoshop of the Week
How could I have an April Fools Blog and not include the biggest Fool of all? Answer I couldn't. Here's the President with his latest cabinet pick...NOT- APRIL FOOLS!



So my friends, please take advantage of this weekly photo shop of the mastermind who planned 9-11 and resulted in the deaths of 3,000 innocent civilians by KSM (Khalid Sheik Mohammed).

*Note to self -must pick up a case of Lip Gloss at Home Depot
this week.

Prayers and positive thoughts to Erica Nardone's recovery.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY David Robinson April 2nd, 2017!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY Don Rose April 2nd, 2017!

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Today- Wednesday March 29th, 2017
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(Above) This was on the Wall at 10th Street. A tribute to Scotti B.
March 29th, 2017
Photos by RALPH
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(Above) Nate helping me prove the waist high theory. March 29th, 2017
Photos by RALPH
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(Above) Nate slipping by a longboarder and hoping for some energy
to get him moving. . March 29th, 2017
Photos by RALPH
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(Above) Nature's beach art. March 29th, 2017 Photos by RALPH
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(Above) Unknown on a glassy shoulder high right. March 29th, 2017
Photos by RALPH
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(Above) Hold onto that dog mam. you're about to get wet. March 29th, 2017
Photos by RALPH
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(Above) I shot this guy was ripping some nice cutties. Too bad they were
all out of focus. March 29th, 2017
Photos by RALPH

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(Above) I think this might be Johnny Reynolds. March 29th, 2017
Photos by RALPH
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(Above) The wind was whipping cold. But if you're young and you have the time. Why the hell not? March 29th, 2017 Photos by RALPH
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(Above) Waist high? It sure as hell looks like it to me. March 29th, 2017
Photos by RALPH
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Today- A Walk With Patch. March 30th, 2017
Photos by RALPH




(Above) The view under the ice on a clear stream. March 30th, 2017
Photos by RALPH
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(Above) The clarity of the streams I encountered were so mesmerizing.
March 30th, 2017
Photos by RALPH
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(Above) The Pussy Willow is always a sure sign of Spring. March 30th, 2017
Photos by RALPH
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Today- More Hawaii Pics March, 2017
Photos by Lenny Nichols




(Above)
Kai Nichols cutback number 500. March, 2017
Photos by Lenny Nichols
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(Above) Kai Nichols cutback number 600. March, 2017
Photos by Lenny Nichols
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These guys make the BEST decals.











(Above) Kai Nichols cutback number 700. March, 2017
Photos by Lenny Nichols
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(Above) Kai Nichols cutback number 800. March, 2017
Photos by Lenny Nichols
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(Above) Big Sister Julia Nichols cutback. March, 2017
Photos by Lenny Nichols
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Today- More Florida Pics March, 2017
Photos c/o Jeffrey Thiel Sr




(Above) The day begins with beautiful warm spring colors.
March, 2017
Photos courtesy of Jeffrey Thiel SR
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(Above) New sunrise, new swell. What else could one ask for?
March, 2017
Photos courtesy of Jeffrey Thiel SR
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(Above) This is Florida. Warm, clean, and green Florida.
March, 2017
Photos courtesy of Jeffrey Thiel SR
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(Above) I mean does this look like fun or what?
March, 2017
Photos courtesy of Jeffrey Thiel SR
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(Above) I like the color of this guy's board. March, 2017
Photos courtesy of Jeffrey Thiel SR
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(Above) One that got by everyone. March, 2017
Photos courtesy of Jeffrey Thiel SR
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Today- More Breathtaking Pics of the ALPS March, 2017
Photos by James Reidy




(Above)
This is Ski country to the Max. March, 2017
Photos by James Reidy
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(Above)
That's powder. Deep powder. Deep virgin powder. March, 2017
Photos by James Reidy
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(Above)
This is as close as you can get to heaven without dying. March, 2017
Photos by James Reidy
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Today- APRIL FOOLS DAY April 1st, 2017

Video Frame Grabs by RALPH






(Above)
Kai Nichols dealing with April Fools day waves.
Video frame grabs by RALPH








(Above)
Every now and then I'd see something worth shooting.
April Fools day waves.
Video frame grabs by RALPH




(Above)
Looking south. She was a bit unruly. April Fools day waves.
Video frame grabs by RALPH





(Above)
Kai Nichols made the best of a sketchy situation.
April Fools day waves.
Video frame grabs by RALPH





















(Above)
Kai Nichols on a wacky looking April Fools day wave.
Video frame grabs by RALPH






(Above)
I have to give him credit. He was out there alone and he did manage to get a few turns in here and there. Kai Nichols April Fools day waves.
Video frame grabs by RALPH











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(Above) Ray King has balls and the talent to back up those gonads.
March- 2017
Photos C/O Ray King
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(Above) Chris Owens on a rare left at Sunset Beach.
March- 2017
Photos C/O The Google Machine
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(Above) Some fine noseriding in Florida.
March- 2017
Photos C/O Jimi Colon
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(Above) ALL RISE: The 10th Street District Court Of Surf is Now in Session.
The Honorable Judge RALPH presiding. CASE #4
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CLICK ON THE PLAY BUTTON on each clip to view videos

OAHU 1980 from Ralph's Pic Of The Week on Vimeo.

January 1980 on Oahu's North Shore. A handful of NH surfers make their way to the promised land. The mecca of surfing. Oahu. The most humbling of all surf destinations for any surfer anywhere. All surfers need to at one point in their lives, go to the North Shore. It is where dreams are made, and dreams are shattered on that that infamous 7 mile stretch.

We have all been going there since the 70's. The 80's was the peak of the NH North Shore scene. The surfers in this clip are: Kevin "Doc" Grondin, Jay Hammer, Charlie Daley, Larry Crateau, TJ, and myself. The footage was shot at Sunset and Pipe. It was all shot on my GAF Super 8mm movie camera. The music is by Beautiful People. Enjoy and Mahalo.

 



SPRING DAY March 20th, 2017 from Ralph's Pic Of The Week on Vimeo.

First day of Spring. And just like that, the air temps rose up into the 40's and the sun came out. The snow started to melt, and the surf? Well she was rocking! The usual suspects appear in this web edit. Kai Nichols, Matt Colby, Johnny Meehan, Markey J, Casey Lockwood, Terence Kirby, Kody Grondin, Andy Elliott, Perry Reynolds, Max Fatello and a bunch of others. * There is one large set that some of the boys got caught in, and one in particular (Terence Kirby) said it was the worst THRASHING he ever had. Those are powerful words, and they should be cautionary words to all. It doesn't have to be 20' to get your ass kicked. A 6-8' wave can do just as much damage. My tip: "Keep your wits about you, and learn how to hold your breath, while spinning underwater, bouncing off boulders. It will end sooner or later." Music is by KING'S X and HENDRIX. Quit your complaining...it's SPRING!




DMD (Dogmans-Marias-Domes) March 2017 from Ralph's Pic Of The Week on Vimeo.

DMD is short for Dogmans, Marias and Domes. None of these spots are secret. So I don't believe I will increase the already crowded line-ups at these spots. PR is funny. There are times when you can get it almost to yourself, and others when you can share your session with a few hundred of your not so close friends. Yet, there are still plenty of empty waves getting by. So go figure. There are lots of unknowns in this web edit, and some known. I'll try and list those that I know. Kevin "Doc" Grondin, Kody Grondin, Ray King, Brian Morse, Jake Davidson, Bill Ryan, Ryan McGill, Rosalita, Kim, Cory, Tony, and Shelly. I dedicated the edit to Brian Ward, the surfer who died out at Dogmans on that first Monday we were here. Music is by King's X and Carlos Santana. *A BIG Thank you to the Grondins for their generous and loving hospitality. There's not enough space to tell you both, how much we love you.



STELLA March 15-2017 from Ralph's Pic Of The Week on Vimeo.

What is there to say about a storm that kicked the living snot out of the Seacoast? Well, how about the downed trees, power outages, accidents, fires, snow that turned into cement, and what else? Oh yeah I remember, INSANE SURF! And it lasted for two days. Crazy but beautiful. The surfers in this web edit that I remember are: Kai Nichols, Perry Reynolds, Chris Stelman, Max Fatello, Tom Hay, Jared Veltsos, Andy Elliott, Joel Feid, and a bunch of others. The music is by All Time Low, Ida Maria, and Willie Nelson. It's 13 minutes and 33 seconds long. Stella you were one crazy but beautiful storm. Come back anytime. Just call first.

 

New Hampshire To Puerto Rico 1990 from Ralph's Pic Of The Week on Vimeo.

In March of 1990, four NH surfers went to PR for a much needed tropical break. Kevin "Doc" Grondin, Mike "Zappy" Paugh, John Duffy McCarthy, and yours truly. The cold and the snow was getting to us. Kevin and I left our pregnant wives home. Or rather, they LET US GO. I'm sure there was some kind of deal involved. But seriously folks, is there any wonder why we are still married to them? Love you both! Kim and Cory! It's hard to believe this was 27 years ago. Where does the time go...I don't want to know, I'm just filing space here. The soundtrack is by Beautiful People using Hendrix samples. The results are so cool. Check it out!



 






























 

 

 

 

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Just roll your mouse over the image above to see how the guilty party has ruined the wave. Crime does not pay my friends. Look both ways before
taking off. Or you will end up here.




Today April 2nd, 2017

"Hey Losers, the Skiing is Great Today!
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Are you surprised by this? Really? Nothing surprises me anymore. Let's hit the slopes! photo The Google Machine


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