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OCTOBER GOLD.mp4 from SURF FREE OR DIE on Vimeo.

This is a video of most of the swells from October 2022.
Music is by John Carden and Beautiful People.




This is one of my favorite episodes but had some sound issues, so here is a remastered version.
Enjoy, and I hope you all have a super good Thanksgiving.
Aloha Mike

This week we chat with Ralph Fatello @ralphs.pic from New England. 
Ralph remembers the days when you saw another surfer you would get so excited
and roll down the window and wave at each other, like lost brothers.  At 17, Ralph joined the
Marines and went to Vietnam.  While in Vietnam, he and two friends talked about getting back to
"The World" together and going surfing.  All three made it back but never had the opportunity to surf together. 
After returning, Ralph went to art school and was in many rock bands, all the while surfing all the time. 
Today, Ralph can be found at the beach surfing and taking videos/photos of the local crew. 
His, blog is www.ralphspic.com where you can find 100's 0f videos and find out what is happening
in the New England surf scene!  And did Ralph really take Sting to Dunkin' Donuts? Find out!!

   

December 4th, 2022 The RUN is 1 out of 1 Weeks.
Waist high or better at least once a week.

There were waist to chest high waves on December 1st this week.

THE RECORD FOR THE MOST CONSECUTIVE WEEKS IN A ROW FOR WAIST HIGH OR BETTER. August 8th, 2021 was 53 WEEKS! TOPPING THE 43 CONSECUTIVE WEEKS SET IN 2009!



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The MOSRITE GUITAR. DECEMBER 1st SURF. PATRIOTS LOSE ANOTHER BIG GAME.
CINNAMON RAINBOWS GETTING CLOSER
TO REOPENING. MIKE ROSA WINS YOGA CHAMPIONSHIP IN INDIA. 2023 CALENDARS.


 



THE MOSRITE GUITAR
I moved to Beverly MA in 1958. I instantly became friends with all the kids in the neighborhood. One of the kids was Kevin Bochynski. He lived up the street from me. I was into music from an early stage of my life. With my dad being a musician, and always playing music around the house, I naturally gravitated towards to the current contemporary music being played on the radio. I was really into Ricky Nelson and Elvis. I knew right then and there that I wanted a guitar. My first ever guitar was an acoustic KINGSTONE. It had nylon strings. I bought that guitar with money from my paper routes. I had two paper routes. One in the morning, and one in the afternoon. I actually bought my first cool STINGRAY Bike from money from those same paper routes.

But that acoustic guitar was awful. I could barely play it. I knew that I needed, and wanted an electric guitar. Kevin was in the same boat. He had an acoustic too. We would play together in his basement, struggling along on those two guitars was very difficult. We both knew that we needed to step up our game and go electric. And we did just that. We both got electric guitars and knew it was a game changer. We played together in his basement day after day. Kevin was always a better player than me, but I was more than happy to play rhythm to his leads. After awhile, we knew we needed to get more players. We wanted to start a real band.


left to right: Victor Capozzi, Ralph Fatello, Kevin Bochynski, and
Ben Russell Photo by Gus Fatello circa 1961.

In 1963 Kevin and I started our first ever Rock band. It was Kevin on lead guitar, me on rhythm guitar, with Ben Russell on bass guitar (Ben lived at the top of the hill),  and John Tsoutsouris on drums. We called ourselves, JOHNNY AND THE DIAMONDS. Kevin, myself, and Ben all had SILVERTONE electric guitars that we bought at Sears and Roebuck. Mine was a Black Silvertone shaped like a Fender Jaguar, Kevin had a semi sunburst guitar shaped kind of like a cross between a Telecaster and a Stratocaster. The cool thing about Kevin’s guitar was, the guitar case was also the amplifier. He would literally open the guitar case and stand it up in the vertical position. There was a speaker with a volume and tone knob. Ben had the Silvertone Bass guitar. It had a single pickup that looked like a Dan Electro pick up. We had a band.

We thought we looked pretty cool. And we started to sound pretty good too.



We played mostly instrumentals by The VENTURES. Doing songs like PIPELINE, WIPEOUT, WALK DON’T RUN and a bunch of others. Around that same time I had also discovered surfing. But that’s a whole other story. In fact, if you read the WHO THE HELL IS RALPH bio on this Blog you can follow that whole journey. This is all about our first R&R Band. Back to the VENTURES. They had started out in the late 50’s playing Fender guitars. And then in the early 60’s they started playing MOSRITES.

The MOSRITE was designed by Semie Mosley. He simply took a Fender Stratocaster, and flipped it upside down. The VENTURES playing Mosrites looked so freaking cool. In late December of 1963 we all caught wind of The BEATLES. By February of 64 The BEATLES were it. We now began singing and playing our guitars. We covered a lot of the early Beatles songs as well as other British Invasion bands. And we still covered our favorite band, The VENTURES. Well, sometime between 1964-1966 Kevin’s parents bought him a Mosrite. That blew all of our minds. Kevin had the same guitar that the VENTURES had, in fact, his MOSRITE was The VENTURES Model.  

Kevin getting the MOSRITE was a game changer. The SILVERTONES no longer looked cool. If we were to get serious about our music, we needed to step up to the plate and follow suit where Kevin was now at. Long story short, I did get a better guitar. Though it wasn’t a Mosrite it was a GIBSON Les Paul. And then I bought Fenders. And the rest as they see is History. The late 60’s was a turbulent time. The War in Vietnam was a big deal. My music career was put on hold when I joined the Marines. When I got back from Vietnam everything back home was different for me. I ended up going to Art School in Boston and playing in bands while in college. I started to write my own songs by then. Kevin and I never played together again. He got married and started to work at the local Bank and settled down. While I went chasing after that Golden Ring and chasing waves. I tried to make a career out of music and tried right up until the late 90’s.

We stayed in touch by the simple virtue of our parents still lived in the old neighborhood. We would see each other from time to time over the years, and always had pleasant exchanges. And then life caught up to us all. The old neighborhood was changing. All of our parents passed away and we all moved on. I would see Kevin here and there. I saw him at his father’s funeral a couple of years ago and I brought up the MOSRITE. “If you ever decide to get rid of that guitar, I’d love to buy it off you.” I said to him. Unbeknown to me, he had made up his mind right then and there that he knew what he was going to with it. I received an email two weeks ago from Kevin saying that he had something for me. He left his phone number so I called him.

We got all caught up to where we are right now in our lives. And then he got around to the reason for the email. “Ralph, I want you to have The MOSRITE. I want to give it to you.” I was stunned. “Give it to me? As in Free of charge?”  I asked. “Yes. As in free of charge.” He answered. “I made up my mind at my father’s funeral that I wanted you to have it.”  Well, you can imagine how blown away I was. “Gee, I don’t know what to say Kevin besides the obvious. Thank you so much. I am completely blown away. I’m so humbled and thankful by this.” He spoke again. “I want you to have it Ralph.” I actually teared up after hanging up. I couldn’t believe that Kevin would gift me the guitar of my early Rock and Roll dreams. Wow.



So we exchanged cell numbers, and we talked about where we would meet. Back in Beverly of course. So, on this past Friday, I drove down to my old hometown and met Kevin. We had a cup of coffee, and got caught up with our lives. And then he opened the case and there she was. Just as I had remembered her. The MOSRITE, in all her sunburst. splendor. I was still blown away by all of it. We eventually took a walk down Cabot Street in Beverly where we exchanged so many childhood memories.



I carried the MOSRITE down to Ellis Square, where they now had a VIETNAM VETERANS MEMORIAL PLAZA. We took a few pics and shared more stories. And then we said our goodbyes.


My old family home in Beverly, MA. It was a short walk to Kevin's house.

On the way home, I dove by the old neighborhood. I drove by my old home, Kevin’s old home, and Ben’s old home, of course I took photos. When I got back to Hampton, I sent the pics along with a nice note to Kevin. A short time later, I got a text from Kevin.



The house on 18 Davis Rd in Beverly that Kevin and I started our first band.

He wrote: “The MOSRITE has come home at last.”
Yes it has Kevin, yes it has. Rock on brother. Rock on.



TIS THE SEASON LOCAL SURF SHOP OWNER NEEDS HELP.



This is from Mike "Zappy" Paugh from ZAPSTIX Surf Shop

"Hi my name is Mike,
I’m raising funds for my children as I have no where else to turn. The bills are piling up, and Christmas is right around the corner. I work everyday but it’s just not enough. This is very hard for me to do. Asking for help. But like I said, I don't have anywhere else to turn. So please, any donations would help me and my family get through this tough time.

Thank you,

Mike"

"HELPING FRIENDS HEALS ALL WOUNDS."

 



Another cool pic from the Ed O'Connell files. This is Dan Hackett. I remember this swell like it was yesterday. All the boys were up from down south. And they were all scoring good to great waves. And once again, Ed was "Johnny On The Spot. Photo by Ed O'Connell
*Click the photo above to see a larger version of Ed's Pic.

NOW FOR SOME LOCAL AND NATIONAL NEWS
THIS COMING SATURDAY December 10th, 2022 from 10AM to 6PM the NEW CINNAMON RAINBOWS. The volunteers have been working around the clock to make this happen. The New Cinnamon Rainbows at Stevie's PIONEERS is going to be great. This is a WIN WIN situation for both Stevie and the CR crew. I said last week that it reminds me of my favorite Christmas movie "IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE." And how this story has the makings of a localized version of that classic film. The Christmas/Holiday season is upon us and it's very clear that the spirit of the holidays is front and center at the Old Pioneers/New Cinnamon Rainbows.



Stevie, Dave, Heather, Phil, and Caroline are so grateful and thankful for all those who have donated and who have volunteered to work to make this happen. Happy Holidays!

And speaking of Holidays. It wouldn't be the Holidays without one of these RALPH'S PIC OF THE WEEK Calendars.



They will be available in the SHOPS on December 15th, 2022.

PATRIOTS LOSE ANOTHE GAME TO THE BUFFALO BILLS.



THE PATRIOTS are now 6-6 for the season.
They lost to the BILLS in what turned out to be a terrible game on all three sides of the ball. Including the play calling. I'm sorry but Matt Patricia should not be doing anything in terms of coaching on Offense. he was a defensive coordinator back in the day and he did a great job. But his offensive play calling? Horrible. Not sure what happened to this team, wait, what am I talking about?
I am 100% sure of what happened. They let the GOAT go.

If the Patriots somehow make it to the Playoffs, they will lose in the first round. No question. We are years away from being a contender. That's our reality. I'm still a fan. But I'm no dummy.

MIKE ROSA WINS WORLD CUP OF YOGA IN INDIA.



Michael Rosa won the SENIOR MENS YOGA WORLD CUP Competition in INDIA. To say that he's stoked is an massive understatement. The man is 71 years old and competes like an athlete half his age. I don't know a more disciplined individual than Mike. He's a fierce competitor in everything he does.
He was recently featured in a NETFLIX special on his YOGA competition. It was really cool.



Mike Rosa taking the Senior Men's category in the World Cup of YOGA in India this week. CONGRATULATIONS Michael Rosa!

THREE STOOGES APPEAR ON INFO WARS TOGETHER.


How on earth is this allowed? How is Kanye (Sorry Kan I'm not using the YE) and Big Ass Alex Jones, and Nick Fuentes allowed to breathe the same air as decent human beings? Disgusting POS. The three of them are exactly what is wrong with this world. All three should be in jail. Locked up for life.

THANK YOU ALL WHO MADE SUCH GENEROUS DONATIONS BY HELPING CINNAMON RAINBOWS.



*Click on the photo above to make a donation

The HISTORY OF NEW HAMPSHIRE SURFING DOCUMENTARY. 58 years in the making.



This should be ready by next Spring/Early Fall 2023. This has been 58 years in the making.



More friends of mine playing out in December that will clearly be worth the time and money to go see. The NERVOUS EATERS and BARENCE two GREAT Local Rock and Roll bands.

KSM Photoshop of the Week
There he is. Ole Khaliddy somehow got his ass on this panel of ultimate losers. But look closely. Even KSM knows that these three should be dispatched and deleted from society. Alex Jones is going to Hell. Kanye is just an idiot. And Fuentes? Please. Anyone who associates with any of these three should be banned from society. And yes I'm talking about 45. The mouth that just won't shut up. He will NEVER EVER be president again. And I say THANK GOD FOR THAT.



And 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 expired INFO WAR Gift Certificates at Home Depot this week.

BEST OF LUCK TO CINNAMON RAINBOWS WHEN THEY MOVE INTO THE OLD PIONEERS BOARD SHOP!
GET WELL SOON Dave "CROP" Cropper!

GET WELL SOON Ryan Jackson
NH2O!
Please keep local surfer Mike Keefe in your thoughts and prayers in the next few months. Keep fighting Mike!
Please keep local Surfer/Musician Pete Kowalski in your thoughts and prayers. SURFING HEALS ALL WOUNDS!
Please Keep local surfer Bill M. in your thoughts and prayers.
Please Support ALL The photographers who contribute to
Ralph's Pic Of The Week every
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Remember my friends... Surfing Heals All Wounds
.
Pray for Surf. Pray for Peace. Surf For Fun.


Ralph


 

 

   
   



Yesterday-THE BOYS OF SUMMER 1961.

Members of Troop 18 BSA. Left to right: Victor Capozzi, Ralph Fatello, Kevin Bochynski, and Ben Russell. Me, Kevin, and Ben played in a band together in 1963. We called ourselves JOHNNY and THE DIAMONDS. We did songs by the Ventures and The BEATLES. Victor and I went to Vietnam, Ben was in the service but never left the states, and Kevin didn't have to go in the military becuase he had a brother who was in Vietnam. Victor ended up being my roadie in the VINNY Band. We are still very close today. And Kevin and I just met up this past week. That story is featured in the main Blog.
Photo by Gus Fatello





I kept a daily Blog on my CATCH A WAVE FOR MOLLY surf campaign, when I surfed every single day for 365 consecutive days. Click on the Banner above to read entries of my daily journey. There's some really interesting and true experiences
that happened during that year. Some of which are to this day, unexplainable. Some are just mind blowing. But all true.

I started on July 26th, 2010 and ended on July 26th, 2011.

Some rainy Sunday, pour yourself a cup and go through the journal. Pay close attention to the month of May in 2011. Read that month and let me know what you think of that. Be forewarned it will change you forever.


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All PHOTOS BELOW SHOT THIS WEEK *Unless otherwise noted.  

Today- The FIRST SWELL OF DECEMBER 12-1-22.
Photos by RALPH

 



(Above)
They were not very big, but they were sure pretty enough.
December 1st, 2022. Photo by RALPH
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(Above) They were also pretty fun to surf.
December 1st, 2022. Photo by RALPH
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(Above) There were longboarders and shortboarders.
December 1st, 2022. Photo by RALPH
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(Above) Fun playful December waves. December 1st, 2022.
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(Above) Clearly waist high. December 1st, 2022. Photo by RALPH
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(Above) Hands behind your back. December 1st, 2022. Photo by RALPH
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(Above) Brian Joyce headed out for a few more. December 1st, 2022. Photo by RALPH *Click on the photo above to see the whole gallery








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(Above) They were small, but hollow and clean. December 1st, 2022.
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(Above) The prefferred craft to ride. December 1st, 2022.
Photo by RALPH *Click on the photo above to see the whole gallery






(Above) Then again, some want bigger. December 1st, 2022.
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(Above) Brian Joyce head dipping. December 1st, 2022.
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(Above) December 1st, 2022. Photo by RALPH
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(Above) Then I get sidetracked by the ripple effect. December 1st, 2022.
Photo by RALPH *Click on the photo above to see the whole gallery






DIPG THE CURE STARTS NOW
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The BEST guitar tech on the planet.




(Above) Look like fun to you? December 1st, 2022.
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(Above)
Trust me it was worth it. December 1st, 2022.
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(Above) This Brian Joyce again. December 1st, 2022.
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(Above) They were worth the effort. December 1st, 2022.
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(Above) Two and 1/2 miles of solid cement. December 1st, 2022.
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(Above) This guy got the wave of the day and the ride of the day. December 1st, 2022. Photo by RALPH
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(Above) Same guy and same wave as above. December 1st, 2022.
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Today- BEN WYATT DISCOVERS SURFING. Shelly and Tony Berardini's 16 yr old Grandson tries surfing for the first time at Del Monte Beach in Monterey, CA
December, 2022.
Photos by Tony Berardini




(Above) Ben and his instructor enter the arena. Friday December 2, 2022.
Photo by Tony Berardini

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(Above) Getting caught inside is never fun. No matter how long you have been surfing. Ben Wyatt, moment of truth. Photo by Tony Berardini
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(Above) Ben has a natural cool stance here as he angles into this glassy left. Friday December 2nd , 2022. Photo by Tony Berardini
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(Above) That's a pretty good size wave for your first time out. Ben Wyatt. December, 2022. Photo by Tony Berardini
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(Above) Ben and his instructor exit the arena. The seeds have been planted. Friday December, 2022. Photo by Tony Berardini
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Today- The Day We Had The Wild Beast Feast. These two came by to feast on our discarded Pumpkins. 11-27-22
Photos by RALPH




(Above) This young Doe follows her mother around everywhere.
Sunday November 27th, 2022.
Photo by RALPH
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(Above) ZORRO the fist born son of Patch pointing the deer.
Sunday November 27th, 2022.
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(Above) These two show up in our yard every other day.
Sunday November 27th, 2022.
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(Above)
They are always together. Mother and daughter.
Sunday November 27th, 2022.
Photo by RALPH
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Send your SURF Pics to me directly to ralph@adlantic.com.
Need photos by 10 AM on Saturdays. Seriously. By 10AM. 
Make sure they are 1300 pixels wide. If you have more than 10 pics please use wetransfer.com it's free up to 2 gig. Please don't send me over 50 pics without first contacting and communicating with me.
Thank you.

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(Above) The wild sunset of December 1st, 2022.
Photo Peter Tilton
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(Above) Meanwhile out west. My friend Wally shot this cool sunset. December 1st, 2022. Photo by Wally
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CLICK ON THE PLAY BUTTON on each clip to view videos

OCTOBER 6th 2022.mp4 from SURF FREE OR DIE on Vimeo.
On October 6th, 2022 the surf cleaned up from the night before. I was a short window to shoot. Max and Artie Seaman were the only two out at the Wall that I knew. I used the Beautiful People soundtrack. It just seemed to fit. I live for October. I wait all year for her to show up and in the blink of an eye, she's gone. But I do my best capture her beauty each year. Watch in 1080

Hurricane FIONA RI to NH September 2022.mp4 from SURF FREE OR DIE on Vimeo.

On September 23rd and 24th, 2022 the crew from NH scored waves from Hurricane Fiona in RI to NH. She was a short lived, but she was a clean ground swell. Clearly the size was down south, but the clean green was up north. Kudos to Lili Lapierre and Kody Grondin for the RI footage.
* I only shot the NH footage. Watch in 1080
Music is by Ty Tabor
tytabor.com

HURRICANE EARL 2022.mp4 from
SURF FREE OR DIE
on Vimeo.

HURRICANE EARL in New Hampshire
September 9, 10, 11, & 12th, 2022

PADDLE FOR ROBIN 8-19-22.mp4 from SURF FREE OR DIE on Vimeo.

Robin Rowell was a New Hampshire and California Surf legend. The Memorial Surfer's Paddle was held on August 19th, 2022 at his favorite break in New Hampshire. He will be missed by all who knew and loved him. Keep paddling Robin...keep paddling. We will meet you out in the lineup, when we cross over the Rainbow Bridge. We love you.



NINETEEN EIGHTY TWO
The year was 1982. A handful of friends surfing the Wall.
Featuring: Robin Rowell, Kevin Grondin, Mike Paugh, Billy Ritchie,
and yours truly Ralph Fatello
Music is by Roxy Music


FIRST SUMMER SWELL OF 2022.mp4
from SURF FREE OR DIE on Vimeo. This was the first official swell of the summer of 2022. It hit on the 24th of June and lasted 5 days. The two best days were Saturday the 25th and Sunday the 26th. The water was intoxicatedly warm. In fact it was 70 degrees on Sunday. That's pretty damn warm for June. The music is a song I wrote in 1982.
I remember writing it in the summer of 83 and David Robinson and I worked out the arrangement and he produced it at Syncro Sound. This was to be one of the follow up songs to The VINNY LP that he produced.
I remember doing those cool ascending and descending background vocals. David and I have worked well together with all three of my bands. That's David playing the Linn Drum and my brother Johnny plays a really cool guitar
solo at the end of the song. *On a sad note, the day I shot this video, a biker was killed by a drunk driver in broad daylight.

There's a scene of bikers at the end of this video. I wonder if he was one of them. RIP David Penney.


MAMA'S DAY 2022.mp4 from SURF FREE OR DIE on Vimeo.

From Sunday May 8th to Friday May 13th, 2022. Five days of overhead waves. Seriously, 5 days worth. It never really cleaned up, but surfing overhead surf in May? Nobody was about to complain. The whole Mother's Day theme was carried along with the soundtrack. I used my own music that I wrote and recorded from the mid 70's.
The VINNY Band was a popular Boston/New England band in the 70's-80's. These songs? They crack me up. There's nothing about them that sounds like surf music to me. But that's what makes it so funny. It kind of does fit the vibe. Three of these songs were produced by the super talented Steve Sadler. 

The highlights? Billy Leibundgut's drone footage adds to the overall vibe. And my favorite? The version of my song MAMA MIA by Steve Sadler is brilliant. And PLEASE try and watch to the very end where some of the boys wish their moms a Happy Mother's Day. It's all good.
As always, I hope you enjoy it. All 25 minutes of it. Watch in 1080 or higher


WILD WINDY WEDNESDAY.mp4 from SURF FREE OR DIE on Vimeo.

Wednesday April 27th, 2022 was a WILD and WINDY day. The swell filled in from late morning until dark. The locals that were around, scored some fun waves. This has been a pretty good Spring so far.
Music is by the Adobe Library.



SPRING EQUINOX 2022.mp4 from SURF FREE OR DIE on Vimeo.

Spring Equinox. The first day of Spring, March 20th, 2022. Followed by another Spring swell on March 26th, 2022 and then the big swell. April 8th, 2022. The day my 4th grandchild was born. Her name is "Malia" and it means
"Of The Sea." The music is by my two bands The VINNY Band and The NOR'EASTERS. The first song is called The WHIFF and the last song is called UPSIDE DOWN.
Both songs were produced by The CARS Drummer David Robinson. 

The whole video is under 10 minutes. I know that seems like an eternity to some of you younger folks. But I don't care. I have said this before, and I'll say it again. I make surf movies, not Tik Tok clips.

Of Sun, Sea, And Smoke.mp4 from
SURF FREE OR DIE
on Vimeo.

Saturday January 15th, 2022. One of the coldest days that I can remember
(and I've been around this block of ice a few times).
Single digits, with a wind-chill factor way below zero.
I got Frost Nip on my fingers. Took me hours to get some life back in them.
But having said that, the local crew were out and making it one of the
most dramatic videos I've ever shot.
I'm still cold just thinking about it
.



Nicaragua from Brayden Rudert on Vimeo.

Always happy to share Brayden Rudert's videos here. This is one he shot and edited from his trip to Nica last summer. This edit features a handful of local Hampton locals. Kody Grondin, Matt Colby, Mikel Evans, and Max Fatello. The video is cool and so is the music. And boy couldn't we all use warm tropical water.


SURFER'S PADDLE For Greg Smith from SURF FREE OR DIE on Vimeo.

The traditional Surfer's Paddle for Legendary NH Surfer/Skier Greg Smith 
on October 24th, 2021 at The Rocks. This was one of the Top 5 Paddles I've ever been involved in. Greg Smith was a true legend. The video is long compared to most edits, but to hear the true Greg Smith stories is worth it. Thank you to all who helped out in the paddle. From the photographers, to those who spoke, and to those who came to pay their respects to a true New Hampshire legend. Special thanks to the Grondins for hosting the after hours gathering. Keep Paddling Greg. Keep Paddling Brother. "A Hui Hou."

Please donate to Greg's daughter Sofia Smith Go Fund Me Scholarship Fund.
gofundme.com/f/sofia-smith-scholarship
Video and edit by Ralph G. Fatello
Additional video Cory B. Fatello
Drone footage by Martha Lardent
Music by QWILL
qwillmusic.com




A Best Of RPOTW The Last 5 years, or something like that.
Song "Mirrors" by QWILL qwillmusic.com


This is the updated trailer with additional footage from PAX. The named storms of Winter 2013-2014 are featured in this impressive winter season of snow, surf, and freezing temps. The local surfers here in New England have been charging all winter. Look for Weston Rogers, Jesse Gould, Max Fatello, Joel Feid, Lenny and Kai Nichols, Johnny and Perry Reynolds, Steve O'Hara and a host of others. The music for this clip is Robin Trower.





(Above) ALL RISE: The 10th Street District Court Of Surf is Now in Session.
The Honorable Judge RALPH presiding. CASE #703
BLATANT DROP IN OF THE WEEK- Click the image above to see the outcome of this Surf Crime and the
Verdict that was rendered.
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* The Uh Oh...be careful of what you wish for . Look at the end of this week.

This is my pic of the week. Because of the size only. Saturday 12-10-22

 

 

 



Because the newer version of DREAMWEAVER no longer has a Rollover feature I will simply place both BEFORE and AFTER images side by side. This is what happens when you get caught doing something stupid.





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Photoshop by RALPH

 

December 4th, 2022
"Oh shit. I think Ralph took a pic of me falling here. Dammit. I hate it when he catches us doing stupid shit."




(Above) A little humble pie goes a long way. Hey brother we all fall. And even though not all of us get documented doing it, it's still fun to laugh at ourselves. No harm here. Photo by RALPH




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*Tony and Jimmy do a hilarious Podcast called TWO BOSTON GUYS WHACK UP A PIE. Click on the image above to hear some of this insanity.

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ONLY THE DURHAM STORE IS OPEN.
Due to the massive fire back in August the
Hampton store is closed. We will let you all
know when SECRET SPOT is back in
operation on the seacoast.
Thank you.
Jon Gozzo and family.



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Several months ago I posted about Sam George
and his new venture. If you like great writing with wit,
humor, and an incredible legitimate insight to
everything that is surfing, you will LOVE
Sam George's new venture.
His stories are the best.

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