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July 4th, 2011-The NEW RUN is 19 out Of 19 Weeks.
Waist high or better, at least once a week. The Surf on Sunday and
Monday was waist high.

HAPPY 235th Birthday America!

I have no doubt that some of my closest friends will spit their drinks out of their noses reading this column today. But if I am to be true to my word, and follow my heart, I must write the truth. And the truth is, I met two individuals this week who have embarked upon and completed an amazing journey that has never been done before. So what is so special about them you ask? Why would my close friends spit coffee through their nostrils? Well...these two individuals are...


I know what you're thinking, so just hold on a second here and let me explain. Mike Simpson and Will Rich are Surfers. They are Surfers from New England. They are familiar with this weekly blog and a lot of our different breaks. They are true watermen. And they are true Patriots. And what better way to fill a column on July 4th than to write about two modern day Patriots.

And no, I'm not referring to the New England Patriots. I'm talking REAL Patriots.

The kind of Patriot that has conviction and passion and believes in something. And the kind of Patriot who are willing to sacrifice a part of their lives for the simple act of making someone else's life better. But I'll let Mike and Will speak for themselves. Here's an excerpt from their website that basically sums it all up on their mission and passion.

"Starting March 1, 2011, Will and Mike will embark from Key West, Florida and head north to paddle the Eastern seaboard on stand-up paddleboards, finishing in Portland, Maine. We're combining our passions for paddling, people, and the ocean while fulfilling a dream of seeing the East coast from the water. 

    In doing this we hope to spread awareness and raise money for two specific causes which stem from these passions. The first is Wounded Warrior Project, a national organization which supports America's service men and women, particularly upon their return from duty. The by-line of the group is: "the greatest casualty of war is being forgotten". Regardless of what one's stance is on the US involvement in the Middle East, the fact is that these people put their lives on the line for the rest of us every day. We think it's only right to stand up for those who stood up for us. There's another quote regarding our troops which says: "All gave some, and some gave all ". If this resounds with you, please see the WWP page on this site. 
The second cause we are supporting is physically "closer to home". We live on, and love, the ocean, and she obviously plays an integral part in this adventure. We have chosen to combine our efforts with a great group of people who work hard ( and have fun at the same time ) to educate others about the well-being of our marine eco-systems on which we so closely depend. SUP Clean-up, a world-wide organization based in North Carolina, couldn't be a better fit for what we're trying to do. Being close to the ocean means so much more than using her for recreation and sustenance . It's a symbiotic relationship. The sea gives us so much and we MUST care for her better in return

That's the kind of True Patriots Mike and Will are.

Spreading the Word and Awareness about the WOUNDED WARRIOR Project is close and dear to my heart. For the last 4 years this NH Seacoast surf community has run a successful SURF CAMP For the Wounded Warriors called HIT THE BEACH. Started by Michael Taylor four years ago. Michael and I have worked side by side along with all the local surf shops and my own Veterans Group POST 35 to help introduce the men and women who have been wounded in combat to the soothing and healing elements of surfing.

This year we will continue that amazing event even though Michael and his wife Linda have since moved to the West Coast. With the help of all the local Surf Shops Cinnamon Rainbows, Pioneers, Zapstix, and Summer Sessions along with dozens of volunteers, we are all looking forward to the 4th Annual HIT THE BEACH Wounded Warriors event.

But getting back to Mike and Will and their SUP THE COAST journey...

I can hear some of you now..."But Ralph these guys are riding SUPS!" You scream in anguish. "You don't ride a SUP Ralph...what are we to think now?" Look, while it's true that I do not ride a SUP and more than likely never will, I do not hate the SUP. Or more specifically, the SUP rider. And let's be honest here. We're not talking about the local SUP person who paddles out at your local break and takes more than their share of waves. We're talking about something completely different.

These guys are not out surfing on these extra large SUPS. These guys are literally paddling the entire length of the East Coast . From Key West Florida to Portland Maine. That's like walking the entire coast. Actually, it's like walking on your hands. And these guys are doing this on behalf of the WOUNDED WARRIORS...hello?

These two earned a RALPH SALUTE! And I caught extra waves for them the day I met them. I admire anyone who thinks and steps out of the box when it comes to raising awareness and supporting certain projects that mean something. And this means something. I looked into their eyes. I'm a pretty good judge of character. I know when someone is trying to pull a fast one. These guys are real. They have my respect and admiration.

And they said they are going to try and make it back on August 18th to our WOUNDED WARRIOR HIT THE BEACH event. God Bless you both Mike and Will. You made a difference in many lives this past four months.

Last night my wife and I left the local bar and Grill at North Beach, we had been hanging out and listening to Mel & John. They were great. Super talented singers and musicians. It's always fun hearing a good cover band. They were very good and had their own unique style and presence. We really enjoyed both watching and listening to them.

As we were leaving, we walked back to our vehicle that was parked about a 100 yards from the club. That's when we both heard that familiar sound of muted and muffled large fireworks. Every year I am caught by surprise by the first large Fireworks exploding off in the distance

Instantly my mind raced back to a long time ago. That sound never leaves you. That dull, muffled sound, of large explosions. WHUMP. WHUMP. The sound of war off in the distance. We smiled and kept walking.

Have a safe and Happy fourth. Be careful with the fireworks you can buy at the local Fireworks mart and set off yourselves. And whatever you do, don't point them at anyone. Especially at some combat vet who may have little or no patience for your actions. But then again, you won't know they are combat vets until it's too late.

And by then? You are on your own. Good luck with that situation.

Happy Birthday America...we're 235 years old! Seems like yesterday we were under the British Rule paying British taxes and now look at us! On second thought, don't look too close. We're still paying taxes and things are not so good...but hey, don't let that stuff bother you. Go out and have some fun. Kick some British butt if you happen to run into one. I used to love to hassle my British friends during the 4th. What are friends for any way?

It's our freaking 235th birthday! Go out and celebrate you Bloody Yanks!

Happy 4th of July!!! !

Now for some of my Weekly Global Observances:

Does anyone out there think that Casey Anthony is NOT GUILTY? Anyone? . Oh you know what I'm talking about, The crazed mother of that poor little girl who was murdered in 2008 in Florida. I mean...a part of me did not ever want to mention this sick case, but then again, it's in the news. It's in our faces. It just seems to me she's guilty. From what I've seen. I'm no lawyer...but I think it's an open and shut case. you know...a slam dunk.

Speaking of court issues I read today that Maria Shriver is pulling the Plug on the Terminator. Poor Arnold. I guess it was true what all those women have been saying about him. He's a Horny man. A Horn Toad. He won't be coming back...not to the Kennedy compound at least.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY Beth Harrington July 2nd 2011!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY Rick Evans July 2nd, 2011 !
HAPPY BIRTHDAY Eddie T July 9th, 2011 !
HAPPY BIRTHDAY Drew Clark July 10th, 2011 !
HAPPY BIRTHDAY Cindy Dickens July 10th, 2011 !

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Yesterday- Summer July 4th, 1776
(Below) We should all reflect on this day. I think this is the most important document of our entire 235 year history. The DECLARATION of INDEPENDENCE. Read it and try and wrap your head around what it all means today and what it meant back in those days. This is heavy stuff. This is who we are, and what we have fought and died for. And continue to fight and die for today. HAPPY BIRTHDAY AMERICA!
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Today- Monday June 27th, 2011 THE WALL Photos By RALPH

(Above) That's Johna Klebnov out the back paddling for the wave of the day.
The Wall on Monday
June 27, 2011.
Photo By RALPH
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(Above) Johna Klebnov styling through the inside section. The Wall on Monday
June 27, 2011.
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(Above) That's waist high and glassy. The Wall on Monday June 27, 2011.
Photo B
y RALPH * Click on the photo above to see the Whole gallery.

Today- Sunday June 26th, 2011 THE WALL Photos By Cory

It was bigger on Sunday, but overcast. The Wall on Sunday June 26, 2011.
Photo By
Cory * Click on the photo above to see the Whole gallery.

Today- SUP The COAST Monday June 27th, 2011 Photos By RALPH

(Above) Left to right. Mike Simpson, Dave Cropper, and Will Rich. Check the photo
gallery I sho
t of these guys. I really have the utmost respect for them and their mission. Monday June 27, 2011.
Photo By RALPH
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(Above) Mike Simpson and Will Rich on the last leg of their incredible journey.
June 27, 2011.
Photo By RALPH
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Today- Friday July 1st, 2011 THE MINI Session Photos By RALPH

(Above) The mini Right at the Wall on Friday July 1st, 2011.
Photo By RALPH* Click on the photo above to see the Whole gallery.

(Above) Mini Right Barrel at the Wall on Friday July 1st, 2011.
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Today- Week Of MOLLY's Waves June 26 thru July 2nd, 2011
Photos By RALPH, Noelle, Cory...

(Above) The end is near...Saturday July 2nd, 2011.
Photo By RALPH* Click on the photo above to see the Whole gallery.

(Above) Having fun at the beach on Friday July 1st, 2011.
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(Above) My wife Cory, Dave, and Kyle all share the same birthday with Mike Tyson. Thursday June 30, 2011. Photo By RALPH
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(Above) The Beach couple. Cory and me. June
30, 2011. Photo By RALPH
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(Above) Blue sky... Thursday June 30, 2011. Photo By RALPH
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Me being me...Friday July 1st, 2011. Photo By RALPH
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(Above) My wife Cory
shot this CU of my board. Sunday June 26, 2011. Photo By Cory
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(Above) My daily walk... June 29, 2011.
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(Above) NH native and now California Transplant Steve Dillon sent us some great
Lowers pics. Sunday
June 26, 2011.
Photo By Steve Dillon
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(Above) Lowers ...Sunday June 26, 2011.Photo By Steve Dillon
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(Above) Greg Sacca in the rain... June 26, 2011. Photo By John Hintlian
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(Above) Sunday June 26, 2011. Photo by Coach Pat Snow
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now the ESPN website too! Wow!

To see it on this site go to the Molly Page.


That's JACKO screaming down the line in 1990, and this is the ending to my
first ever SURF FREE OR DIE video release, 99 to 90. It was shot on
8mm video and Super 8mm movie film. It's all at the WALL and you need to
look closely to spot some of the players. Duffy, Kevin Grondin, Johnny Reynolds, Jack and Mike Keefe, the Valhouli brothers...heck I'm even in there.

The music is by KX and JB...enjoy this look back at 21 years ago...





July 4th, 2011 The BOSTON POPS 1812 Overture
Is there a better way to see and hear the Fourth Of July?
I saw one of Arthur Fiedler's Last Performance's on the
Esplanade back in the 80's. One of the greatest nights
ever in our Nation's History. But this kid Lockhart is
pretty damn good too!


Watch Mike and Will begin their journey paddling from Florida to Maine.
Visit to learn how they will and you can benefit the
Wounded Warriors Program.



(Above) All Rise: 10th Street District Court of Surf Justice is now in session, the
Honorable Judge RALPH presiding. CASE #116 BLATANT DROP IN OF THE WEEK-
This was shot last week in Hampton.
CLICK and SEE this Surf crime and the verdict. Photo by RALPH

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(Above) Another boat trip into the forbidden zone.
Photo by The Phantom. COMING NEXT WEEK!

(Above) No one out. Photo by the Phantom COMING NEXT WEEK!

(Above) No one except this girl in a Bikini on a SUP...
Photo by The Phantom. COMING NEXT WEEK!

(Above) Glassy empty peak...
Photo by the Phantom. COMING NEXT WEEK!

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(Above) Put the cursor over the images above to see happens when you DROP in on someone. You become Invisible. Simply put the mouse over the photo to see the
original photo and then marvel at the results of what happens when the criminal
invisible.*Put the cursor over the photo to see the Real image.
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Today 2011
"Just put my board over there and we'll grab the wetsuits...just be careful" OK Boss!

(Above) The sound this made being jammed into those rocks was enough to cause
a man get sick to his stomach. Photo by RALPH

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