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May 28th, 2017 The RUN is 6 out of 6 Weeks.
Waist high or better at least once a week.

There was waist high surf Wednesday-Saturday this week.
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Memorial Day Weekend



The Knock On The Door

There are many people out there who have, or had, close relatives in the Military, who have served in a theater of war. 

Only those who fit that criteria, know what that feels like. From WWI to the current Global War On Terrorism, parents, siblings, spouses, and children, have feared that "knock on the door." There have been a few Hollywood movies that depicted that unforgettable moment, when an entire family's lives changed, opening that door.

The "The Fighting Sullivans" from WWII, when 5 brothers, all on the same
ship were killed in action.



I can remember as a small boy crying after seeing that movie. Trying to hide my tears from my father, when the family got the news that all five of their sons were killed.



"Saving Private Ryan" was another. Who could forget that poor mother dropping to the floor, when she saw that vehicle coming up that dusty road to her house. Knowing what, and why, they were coming.





"We Were Soldiers" when the men who died during the battle of Ia Drang in 1965, had all lived on the same base. And the news of their deaths, came knocking door to door. 

Heart wrenching, powerful scenes. Imagine what it was like for those families. 

The dreaded knock on the door. Opening that door and seeing some military officer in a dress uniform, with a clergy member standing there. That forlorn look on their faces. That moment, when everything they knew, had changed forever. Their lives would never be the same again.

A simple knock on the door. 

Our country is filled with Gold Star Mothers and fathers. A badge that none of them wanted. And yet, almost to a person, the ones that I have met (as past Commander at Post 35 in Hampton), when we have honored those, who have been killed in the current Global War on Terrorism, on every September 11th, have a humbled, and pleasant demeanor about them.  

I can tell you, that they are all proud of their loved ones. They knew, and understood, the sacrifice that their loved ones volunteered for. Saddened with a raw, and deep grief, they have survived that initial "knock on the door," and have gone on with their lives.

While it's true, they will never completely get over the loss, they have come to understand the reasons, and have accepted them. Because they know, their beloved son, brother, husband, father, wife, mother, sister, did not die in vain. And while there are some, who would argue that, the relatives of the fallen, have a deeper respect for the calling, that their loved ones answered.

I remember some time during the Vietnam war, there was a photo of a handwritten sign, at one of the combat bases. It read: "For Those Who Fought For It, Freedom has a taste, the protected will never know." It's true. The Warriors know, and the families back home, they know it all too well.

So this Memorial Day, as we honor all of those who died fighting in all of our nation's wars and conflicts. I would ask that you think of those who were left behind. And the next time you hear a knock on your door, think about those who opened their door, to hear the news that changed their lives forever.



Click on the image above to see a larger version. Look at their faces. Each one has been killed since 9-11 fighting in the Global War on Terrorism. And they all are from New Hampshire.



Thank God my father's parents didn't get a knock on the door, during his time in the South Pacific, during WWII. And my parents didn't get one either during my time in Vietnam. Both my father and I knew plenty of our friends, whose parents got that knock.

PLEASE Don't forget, "Memorial Day" is when we honor those who gave their lives in our nation's wars and conflicts. "Veterans Day" is when we thank the living veterans. In other words, you do NOT have to thank veterans on Memorial Day. There's a big difference there.

Speaking of Veterans. The Veteran musicians *The NOR'EASTERS played the last night of entertainment at Hampton's Flatbread on Thursday. I say veteran musicians because, we are all old rockers who have been around
the block a few times.



My brother Johnny and I have been playing together since 1971. I love playing with him. * It wasn't the full band because our bass player Whitey was not there. However, my bass player filled in for the night. It was fun. But it was also sad. Nobody wants to see the Hampton Flatbread close. Nobody. So it was a bittersweet night for all of us. There's a gallery of photos from the night down in the pic section.

"Surfing Heals All Wounds"

 

 

 

 

 

 




This week's Ed's corner pic is of Ed himself in Vietnam. The year was 1968. Ed was a medic in Nam, and flew on those Medevac choppers into hot LZ's to save wounded soldiers. The world will never know just how many young men he saved over there.

I spoke with him about it at length, so I know. Suffice it to say, he saw his share of death over there. But he saved more from death's door. This Memorial Day is about those who died fighting in our nation's wars. Ed O'Connell kept a bunch of those kids off that list.

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
It's hard to believe that 50 years ago this past week, The Beatles released Sgt. Peppers. It was their first release since 1966. To say that this LP turned the world of music on it's head, would be a great understatement. To some it was the biggest and best LP of our time.
I remember it very well. 1967, the summer of love. And we all got turned on by this masterpiece. Boy did we ever.



"I get by with a little help from my friends..."



If there are any women from the Northeast that I may not have on my list of 25 women, please email me to let me know who I should consider. ralph@adlantic.com



This is big news for all surfers. RIP John Severson, the founder of SURFER magazine. Any surfer worth his or her salt, knows who he is. A true icon in the world of surfing. He was 83 years old.



Then this...Gregg Allman from the Allman Brothers passed away.
Born December 8th, 1947 passed away May 27th, 2017. 69 years old. The ALLMAN Brothers were huge in the early 70's. Hell, they're still big today. If you don't know who the Allman Brothers are, Google them. But only after you slap yourself in the face.

REST IN PEACE Gregg, you'll be back with 3 other members of the Band. Brother Duane, bassist Berry Oakley, and drummer Butch Trucks. That's a full band right there.

KSM Photoshop of the Week
OK, by now, everyone on the planet saw the little girl being hauled into the harbor by a large wild Sea lion. Here's the deal kids. Don't Feed The Bears. Don't Feed The Monkeys. Don't Feed the Sea Lions. You stupid sons of bitches. WTF???

Any way, wouldn't you know it, Ole Dumb Ass KSM couldn't resist the temptation of pushing the envelope, by sitting in his pretty white dress, next to the very spot that the little girl got bit. Stupid Terrorist.



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 Sardines at Home Depot this week.

Prayers and positive thoughts to Erica Nardone's recovery.

Prayers and positive thoughts to surfer Jason Kooken who suffered
a spinal cord injury in New Jersey last month.
REST IN PEACE Leo Agustus Harrington.
REMEMBERING our Fallen Heroes MEMORIAL DAY May 29th, 2017

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Pray for Surf. Pray for Peace. Surf For Fun.


Ralph













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Today- The Memorial Day Weekend Swell. May 26th, 2017. Photos by RALPH



(Above) The flag flying in the background was my focal point.
May 26th, 2017
Photos by RALPH
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(Above) This guy landed this, which is a feat all in itself, considering how gutless those waves were. May 26th, 2017 Photos by RALPH
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(Above) When the surf is soft and slow there's only way way to pull off any kind of turn. Speed. You must generate speed. Kai Nichols is the fastest surfer
out there these days. May 26th, 2017
Photos by RALPH
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(Above) This guy was right in front of me. It was hard not to shoot him.
He was smart enough to sit inside and pick off the ones that backed off.
May 26th, 2017
Photos by RALPH
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(Above) Again with the speed. Kai Nichols one arm's it.
May 26th, 2017
Photos by RALPH
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(Above) Mr Nate ducked into a few before work. May 26th, 2017
Photos by RALPH
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(Above) I love the surfer banter. It's such a big part of the lifestyle.
May 26th, 2017
Photos by RALPH
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(Above) Speed gets you here. Kai Nichols was boosting Airs all afternoon.
May 26th, 2017
Photos by RALPH
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(Above) Kyle Linseman is a true flow master longboarder. Smooth as silk.
May 26th, 2017
Photos by RALPH
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(Above) Shayne Forsely leaning into a hood-less cover up.
May 26th, 2017
Photos by RALPH
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(Above) The sun was once again, nowhere to be found, and the rain was relentless. May 26th, 2017 Photos by RALPH
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(Above) Kenny Linseman will surf until he can't walk anymore. He puts in a lot of water time. He's as stoked as any 16yr old grom. May 26th, 2017
Photos by RALPH
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(Above) Why so many Kai? He was flying all over the place out there.
May 26th, 2017
Photos by RALPH
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(Above) The floater never gets old. Kai Nichols once again.
May 26th, 2017
Photos by RALPH
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(Above) Speaking of floaters. Ryan Reed floats a long one.
May 26th, 2017
Photos by RALPH
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(Above) I think this might be Joe. Only he will know when he sees this.
He and his comrade Shayne had fresh arms out there.
May 26th, 2017
Photos by RALPH
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(Above) Yup. Kai Nichols again. May 26th, 2017 Photos by RALPH
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(Above) Wait a second...is that who I think it is? Yes sir. Kai Nichols.
May 26th, 2017
Photos by RALPH
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(Above) OK this is either Phil Carey or Kyle Riffe.
May 26th, 2017
Photos by RALPH
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(Above) Becca Speak facing a long unpredictable wall.
May 26th, 2017
Photos by RALPH
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Today- Wednes
day May 24th, 2017. Photos by Max Fatello



(Above) Looking like a dream set up in Canada. May 24th, 2017
Photos by Max Fatello
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(Above) Or is it British Columbia? May 24th, 2017 Photos by Max Fatello
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Today- Turkeys, Gardens, and Flags. May 24th, 2017.
Photos by Ralph and Cory Fatello




(Above) Big Tom Turkey strutting his long beard around the ladies.
May 24th, 2017
Photos by Ralph and Cory
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(Above) Twenty years ago this would have been a rare sighting. Today these birds are as common as robins. May 24th, 2017 Photos by Ralph and Cory
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(Above) Each May they bloom and give us all a smile.
May 24th, 2017
Photos by Ralph and Cory
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(Above) And so it begins. The back breaking work of keeping a garden.
May 24th, 2017
Photos by Ralph and Cory
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(Above) Call it what you want. Patriotic, Colonial, or something else.
This is our home. Each year we bring out the bunting on Memorial Day and take it down after 9-11. May 24th, 2017
Photos by Ralph and Cory
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Today- The ESA Northeast Regionals in Bel Mar, NJ.
May 18th-21st, 2017. Photos by Lenny Nichols and MEZ




(Above) The QUINN girls pre heat pep talk. May, 2017 Photos by MEZ
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(Above) The contest scene in Bel Mar. May, 2017 Photos by Lenny Nichols
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(Above) The sky is the limit for this kid. Kai Nichols 1st place Shortboard. *Check out his award. That's my pic! May, 2017 Photos by Lenny Nichols
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Today- The LAST Show at Flatbread. Hampton Flatbread closes forever Today! Photos by Cory Fatello




(Above)
It wasn't The Nor'easters without Whitey. But it was close enough to
close out the 5 years of Hampton's Flatbread.
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(Above)
It was a fun night. The McCarthy's were there. As was owner
Jay Gould. We went out with a bang.
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( Above)
A classic photo if there ever was one. That's Mikey Moran on the outside and TC Christo on the inside. Photo by Johnny Grasso
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(Above) Matheus Carillho about to pull into a dreamy Hawaiian barrel
Photo c/o Matheus Carillho
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In This Place 1974-1979 from Ralph's Pic Of The Week on Vimeo.

OK so I'm on a "Yesterday" kick. I can't help it. I admit, I have a soft spot in my heart for all that is related to our Surfing lifestyle, and our community. It is amazing to see how the scene at 10th street has evolved over the decades. The "local" surfers still hang there.

Some are gone. Like Joe and Moira. And my old dog Calley. Some have quit surfing all together. And some, like Kevin, are STILL ripping after all these years.

Though the surf and the sandbars are the same, that famous stretch of cement, is just now getting a face lift, some 30 plus years later.

The music is once again by my friend Robin Trower, and the song is called "IN THIS PLACE". We used to love that album, Bridge Of Sighs and this song, was my personal favorite.

Enjoy this little nugget from the past. I'm glad I had enough sense to shoot this stuff back then, because if I hadn't, it would of just been faded memories today.

Remember, Surfing Heals All Wounds.

Ralph

 




MOTHER'S DAY SWELL May 14-15-16-2017 from Ralph's Pic Of The Week on Vimeo. This is the web edit for the 3 Day Mother's Day Swell. It never really got bigger than head high. And it rained the first two days. Still, it was surf, and beggars can't be choosers now can we. I did the edit today after hearing about the death Chris Cornell, lead singer for Soundgarden. He had a great voice. It's ironic because I was looking for the right song to go with this edit. And I believe I found it with Black Hole Sun. The surfers that I can remember are: Kai Nichols, Tom Hay, Andy Elliott, Mikey Moran, Skip Brunette, Erik Zak, Kody Grondin, Chris Stelman, Max Fatello, Mikey Evans, and a handful I couldn't ID. This is for all the mothers. past, present, and future. And it's in memory of Chris Cornell.

The Forgotten Go Pro Footage 2014-2016 Part 1
from Ralph's Pic Of The Week on Vimeo.

This is a series of web edits that was all shot on my old GoPro. How old? Well it's the HERO II. So that's 3 GoPros ago. Did I just write that? I guess I did. Any way, this first edit was shot on the last day of Summer in 2014. The surfers are (that I can remember) : Perry Reynolds, Kai Nichols, Lenny Nichols, Mike Rosa, Zach Bru, Bryan Johnson, Kyle Linesman, Kenny Linseman, and a bunch of others. *You might want to take some Dramamine before watching this. It's all water shots, so no tripods were used. Music is by Trentemoller and Grenier.

The Forgotten GoPro Footage Part II 2014-2016 from Ralph's Pic Of The Week on Vimeo.

More of the GoPro footage I had lying around. It's pretty much small wall footage. Though, it is noteworthy a the clips of Kevin Grondin were all shot on his birthday last Jun 23d, 2016. The rest is mostly empty waves with Mackey getting a few. The real cool thing about this web edit is. 50 years ago today, May 12th, 1967, The Jimi Hendrix Experience released their debut LP. This song was on that record. And I remember it all like it was yesterday. Funny thing is, the song is as current today as it was 50 years ago. Do check it out.

 





 






























 

 

 

 

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COMING NEXT WEEK. Looking like maybe something on Wednesday


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COMING NEXT WEEK. More of local boy wonder Kai Nichols in Hawaii.



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Today May 28th, 2017
"Look a Giant Octopus!!!!
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Having been there and seen this first hand, I have to say, the California Kelp beds are unlike any other. photo by The Google Machine


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