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Ralph Pic Of The Week
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week from past weeks click here.
Yes, we went boarding this week. We surfed and boarded all in the same week. There's not many places on the planet where you can do that. In fact, we were just a little over and hour away from the coast. So yes, we could of surfed and snowboarded in the same day. But my tired leg muscles and throbbing shoulder and back pain were clear deterrents. I may have torn something in my shoulder rotator cuff area due to the tree incident.
How did I hit a tree?
Well, it's not like I did it it on purpose. In fact, that was the exact question my son had for me. "Dad how could you hit that tree?". "Oh I don't know Max, it just seemed like a good thing to do in the woods." What are you kidding me? We were off the beaten trail, and gliding through the powder filled woods, when a large pine tree suddenly jumped up in front of me. I tried deflecting my line with my hand extended out in front of me, when I shifted too much weight on the inside rail and went straight into it. My arm was too stiff and it jammed back up into my shoulder. It knocked me on my ass.
The jolt shocked me more than anything.
I also learned that, you don't have to be going that fast for a tree to ruin your day. I felt like Sonny Bono, lying there in the snow, looking up at the trees and sky. Or that Kennedy kid. Then to add insult to injury, Mackey went flying by me without stopping. Thanks Mackey. I'm OK. Yea, you just get along and never mind about me. Later he claimed that if he stopped he would of been stuck too. Thanks Mackey.
I know a bunch of you ski and or snowboard. And last week was February vacation for NH. So we took advantage of staying home and made the best of it. And it paid off. If you've never snowboarded in REAL powder before you have NO idea what you're missing. Snowboarding in powder is just like surfing. Or, as close to surfing as you can get in the snow.
The sensation of floating over powder is like drifting across a smooth wave face. Same thing. That free fall drifting type feel that we all love. And I mean all of us. Young, old, shortboard, longboard, kneeboard and boogieboard. The fast flying sensation across the wave face is the same in deep pow POW It's surfing on snow. And we had it this week in New England. And we had more waves.
This winter is...something special.
To be able to do both sports in the same week was a treat. To be able to get the deep stuff was a special treat. Except, as much as boarding in powder is akin to our beloved ocean lifestyle, hitting a tree is nothing like surfing. Well, that may not be entirely true. It's like hitting a piling under a pier.
and piers don't move. My advice? You should go around em. Waaaay around.
Somehow, I don't think they understood.
Youth. They'll get it someday. Meanwhile, they'll be expending minutes all over the place while us older dudes are trying to find more, and use them wisely.
of using minutes wisely. If any of you reading this live here in Hampton,
NH... there's 3 articles 29, 30 and 31 concerning
the FISH HOUSE across the street from the Shop in the upcoming
March election. We're asking all concerned citizens and surfers
to SAVE THE FISH HOUSE and Vote YES on the article. If you
have any questions simply call the shop. (603) 929-7467.
Well, I hope you were one of the lucky ones who go to surf yesterday. It cleaned up nicely in the afternoon up here and those who were tuned into the wind dropping and then coming around were treated to a decent 3-4 hour window of some decent surf. By some accounts, it was head high and better on the sets. Oh yea. Head high and better. And...the sun came out. If you were waiting to hit it today...well...you blew it. She was long gone. Those west winds killed the swell overnight. And anyone's chances for surfing today were equally diminished. That's all she wrote.
last snow storm was the 12th time since December that the
snow plows came out and plowed the streets. 12th time! Man that's
a lot of snow. I think we're all getting just a little tired of shoveling
and plowing and sno-blowing. Or at least I am. But then again, that's
where we get our surf and powder from. So what if we have to dig our asses
out week after week. Look what the white stuff brings us.
wait to see what kind of photos all you traveling New England Surfers
are bringing back. I know a bunch of you went south and a few more went
north. You know where to send them pics. Right here
Ralph Pic Of The Week
my friends...Surfing heals all wounds....
1976 Kevin Grondin...barreled again.
Before the tree incident. Me, John Carden, Max and his friend Dave.
Lori Haenn about to tackle something heavy...you go girl!
Lenny Nichols sends us more images that he's calling "The Sensual
"The Sensual Sea Series"
Winter in California
NSSA COMP. AT HALEIWA THIS WEEKEND and Bernie was there to capture the
Compressed on the launching pad.
Fire and Rescue alongside decent surf. Only in Hawaii.
2008 Parting Shot..."Honey can you go out and start the car for me,