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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.
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.
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The MOSRITE GUITAR. DECEMBER 1st SURF. PATRIOTS LOSE ANOTHER BIG GAME.
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.
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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.
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Today- The FIRST SWELL OF DECEMBER 12-1-22.