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May 8th, 2011-The NEW RUN is 11 out Of 11 Weeks.
Waist high or better at least once a week. The Surf on Tuesday thru Friday was easily waist high or better...HAPPY MOTHERS DAY!

So what exactly is a "Surf Mom?" Is it a Mom who surfs, or a Mom who takes her kids surfing? Or is it something all together different? Well, I think it's all of the above and more. Certainly Mothers who surf are clearly surf moms. And this sleepy little Seacoast community has hundreds of Surf moms. I mean Good Lord, where do I start? I can't. Because I will inevitably leave someone out unintentionally. But suffice it to say there are dozens that I know personally. And each one of them is legit.

In other words, they are active Mother's who really do surf.

And not just surf. I'm talking hardcore surfers. In the dead of winter surfers. Heck I've seen some surf moms paddle out on cold winter days that I know some of the "male" surfers in this world would never paddle out in. Hardcore New England Surf Moms. I've had the pleasure of surfing with many of them over the years as well. And honestly? There has never been a beef with a surf mom when I was out there. I've never seen a surf mom get into hassle, though I'm certain it has happened somewhere on this planet. Just not round these parts.

For the most part they keep to themselves. Rarely are they the over the top aggressive attitude. They catch their waves and share the waves. What a concept huh? Seriously, I've never seen anyone get into a hassle with a surf mom. And honestly? I better not see one. Ever. And it's not that I'm playing the over protective macho male sheriff role. It's just that if there's a hassle involving any one of the surf Moms I know, I know it's got to be the other person's fault. Unless of course it's two surf moms hassling each other. In which case, I'm staying clear of that fight.

Then there are the other Surf Moms who don't surf.

And there are hundreds of thousands of them as well. I've seen Surf Moms since day one cart their kids and their friends all over God's Creation to take them surfing. Picking them up and dropping them off. Dealing with wet and sandy wetsuits, and boards of all sizes being crammed into the mini vans and SUV's. Oh yea, you've seen them. Taking the Groms to contests up and down the East Coast.

And then feeding the hungry groms and their hungry grom friends.

Those are the surf moms who rarely get mentioned or acknowledged. And those are the moms we are honoring and saying thank you to today. Mother's Day. In fact, we are saying thank you to all of the mothers all across the globe today. Moms are the best. They carried your butt around for 9 months and then gave birth to you. Then they changed your diapers, fed you, and cared for you as only a mother could. Their undying devotion to each and every one of their children, was unwavering.

Mothers deserve this day. So if you haven't called your mother, or stopped by the house, and did any of the things you are supposed to do today, then might I suggest you stop reading this blog, and call your Mom right now and tell her how much you love her. And how thankful you are for all the times she took care of you, and your brothers and sisters, and all your friends. Call her. Text her. Facebook her. Just do it.

And to those of us who have lost our Mothers. Well, dig out an old favorite photo, or video and sit back and reflect on the person who brought you into this world. And think of all the good times you had with her. I know there are a handful of you who are experiencing the first Mother's Day without your mom. Trust me. This feeling will get better with each year. The first Mother's Day without your Mom is a hard one. But it will get better. I know it does.

I have a few friends who are dealing with that today. I wanted to take this time to reach out to you. It will be OK. And it's OK to cry. That's all part of the healing process. My friend Steve Dillon lost his mother back in December. I know how close he was to his mom. His Mom Carlene was the typical surf mom back in the day. Only she took it to a whole other level. She used to not only drive her 3 sons to the surf, but she would actually videotape them surfing. Can you image that? Talk about having a cool surf mom. I'd see her in her van shooting the boys at the Wall. It was classic.

This is Mrs Dillon as a young woman. We were all young once. And she is young again. So Steve, here's to your Mother in heaven, And to all the Surf Moms who have passed away. May they all rest in peace.

Speaking of surf Moms. I had the absolute honor and pleasure of spending part of this Mother's day with three mothers who lost their sons in the Global War on Terrorism. Maureen Murphy, Cindy Dietz, and Natalie Healy. All three lost their sons in Afghanistan in the same operation. They were here in New England because yesterday in Bath Maine, they Christened a Naval Warship in memory of Maureen's son Michael Murphy. Murphy was awarded the Medal Of Honor for his actions that day. June 28, 2005. Operation Red Wing. It was the single biggest loss of life in the US NAVY SEAL History.

And in light of what happened earlier this week involving NAVY Seals, I thought it appropriate to post this photo. Especially in light of the fact that most of this SEAL Team were also Surfers.

Left to right: Cindy Dietz mother of Danny Dietz, Maureen Murphy (mother of Michael Murphy) and Nat Healy (mother of Dan Healy). I took this photo this morning in Exeter, NH. On Mother's Day. May 8, 2011. (Click for a larger version).

I consider myself pretty damn lucky. How's that? Well my wife is a great Mom to our kids. And my Mother-in-law is a great Mom to my wife. So even though I don't have my mom around on Mother's Day, I do get to see my Mother-in-law and I get to see my kids dote over their mother. My wife. So I'm a lucky guy.

My wife Cory and my Mother-in-law Judith, Mother's Day. May 8, 2011.

My wife Cory and our kids, on Mother's Day. May 8, 2011.

For those who missed this review last week. I was so stoked to see a review on my latest Movie The RUN REDUX in the latest ESM magazine. Click on the image below to see a larger version.

Or better yet pick up a copy in you favorite shop. Of course, you can always hit the ESM ad in the next column and check out their cool website. And if you don't have a copy of the RUN Redux ask your shop if they got em, or just order one from SURF FREE OR DIE. Either way, I'd be stoked...and who knows, you may be in the movie.

So some of you may have heard about my bump in the road this past week. If not check out the photos in the blog this week. I'm OK, but I'll have a scar that will always remind me about that day. I know I always say "Surfing Heals All Wounds." But I guess "Surfing Also Causes some wounds as well. "

Though the very next day I went back it's true. Or still true, that Surfing Does HEAL all wounds, even the wounds, that surfing caused. Ouch...

Now for some of my Weekly Global Observances:
WOW! Is all I can say this week. How about those NAVY SEALS? Oh My God! What a great week for America. As you all have heard, the US NAVY SEALS pulled off the most covert operation since the War began on September 11, 2001. We have killed the wicked witch. Osama Bin Laden is dead. The Seals dropped in uninvited on OBL's compound last Sunday night and killed OBL and three of his male comrades.

All news reports say that Osama died like a coward.

I am not at all surprised. He is a coward. Albeit a dead coward. Credit must be given from President Obama all the way down to the Navy Seal Team 6 that did this daring and bold operation. It was such a major event that we are still buzzing over it. But suffice it to say, the most Wanted Man in the World is now dead. He is with the bottom fish now. Being nibbled on as I write this. Dead. The Coward who killed 3,000 innocent US civilians is dead.

I know there are some out there like the bloated egomaniac Michael Moore who are calling BS on this mission. Mr Double Bacon and Cheese burger face himself is questioning why we shot Osama if he was unarmed. Here's my question for Mr Moore. Were the 3,000 Americans who died on September 11th, 2001 armed? The people on those planes? The people who jumped to their deaths? The Police and firefighters who went up those stairs to rescue civilians? Were any of them armed?

When is someone going to do a documentary on Michael Moore? Give me a break.

OK it's true. The Bruins are back! They swept the team that took four in a row from them last season. The Flyers must still be spinning in their tracks. Whoa! See ya Philly! Hello Tampa Bay...I'm back. I'm a fan again. I'm loving this. NHL Hockey is exciting. If you have not seen a game in a while I strongly suggest you do. GO BRUINS! We can do this...(Yes I said we). I'm a fan dammit!

And GO CELTICS! They beat the Heat in a must needed victory last night,. Even though Rondo broke his arm. is he in or out? But it's a new series )sort of). 2-1 is better than 3-0 that's for sure. But hey, it's all exciting to be a fan here in New England. The Bruins, The Celtics, and The Sox. All kicking butt! GO NEW ENGLAND Teams!

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Yesterday February 1979 ..."Ouch that had to hurt!"
(Below) I was out surfing in some big waves down in Tortola in 1979, when my friend and fellow photographer Jeff Chamberlain got hit in the head by his buddy Sam George's board. Of course, he wanted me to take the photo of his wound. So I did.
Photo by RALPH
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Today- May 6th, 2011- "Ouch that had to hurt"
Photo By RALPH

(Above) Here I am some 32 years later with the same kind of injury. Only my board
hit me!
Now why does my board have to be so hurtful? May 6th, 2011.
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Today- May 5th, 2011- The WALL Water Session
Photos By RALPH

(Above) The waves were really fun this day. May 5th, 2011. Photo By RALPH
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(Above) There was just one guy out. Should I have not paddled out? I felt bad, but
I went out...sorry to ruin your buzz.
May 5th, 2011.
Photo By RALPH
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(Above) This green double thick wave came right at me. I had to shoot it.
May 5th, 2011.
Photo By RALPH
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Today- May 5th, 2011- The WALL Night Session
Photos By Ed O'Connell

(Above) Michael Sander's watermelon slice. May 5th, 2011.
Photo B
y Ed O'Connell * Click on the photo above to see the Whole Gallery.

(Above) Michael
Stanek's speed run. May 5th, 2011.
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(Above) Imagine the wave four times as big and twice as hollow. That's what I
was doing. May 5th
, 2011.
Photo By Ed O'Connell
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(Above) Ginger Kellar. A Surfing SURF MOM! May 5th, 2011.
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y Ed O'Connell * Click on the photo above to see the Whole Gallery.

What a pretty night and great photo. May 5th, 2011.
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y Ed O'Connell * Click on the photo above to see the Whole Gallery.
Today- The Alabama Files. TORNADOES In The SPRING May 2011
Photos By Brian Nevins

(Above) While we were all caught up in the Osama killing...the south was still reeling. Brian Nevins went down and brought back these haunting images.
Spring, 2011.
Photo By Brian Nevins
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(Above) The tattered colors...a beacon of hope and pride. . Spring, 2011.
Photo By Brian Nevins
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Today- May 3rd, 2011- The WALL
Photos By RALPH

(Above) This
day was fun for those who scored. May 3rd, 2011. Photo By RALPH
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(Above) Unknown at the Wall.
May 3rd, 2011. Photo By RALPH
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(Above) Unknown. Chest high and glassy.
May 3rd, 2011. Photo By RALPH
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Today- Week Of MOLLY's Waves May 1st thru 7th, 2011
Photos By Ed O'Connell , Tony B., and RALPH

(Above) Looking like Mike Moran...? Maybe not. But clearly there's some kind of
style here. Come on guys!

May 3rd, 2011. Photo By Ed O'Connell
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(Above) The week started off great but ended with a bang...
May 3rd, 2011. Photo By Ed O'Connell
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TODAY May 1st 2011 The OSAMA Files
Photos By RALPH

(Above) The day
after the NAVY SEALS Killed Osama Bin Laden. . May 2nd, 2011.
Photo B
* Click on the photo above to see the Whole Gallery.

now the ESPN website too! Wow!

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

OK you guys need to check out this insane clip from my buddy Raven Lundy. The Barrels are insane! The footage, especially the hand held in the barrel clips are mind numbing good. Raven can surf his ass off and he can put together some impressive footage with great music too.

Weekend at Bucks
from The Wild Lyfe on Vimeo.

Here we go again, we have another doozy for you! April 17th ended up being one of the best swells to hit the east coast in a long time. Step into our world for the weekend as we score epic waves and goodtimes with the backwoods crew.

Sunday , April 17, 2011. DE/MD state line.
Special thanks to Dan Herlihy at and Dave Messick with Unscene for the extra footage.
Photo by Nick Denny.


Spring Verses Part 8

Ryan Denning


More local action with the boys Ryan Schnell, Michael Sander,
Toby Parke, Casey Lockwood and Mike Stanek. Ryan Denning's
work is starting to grow on me...and with his new lens...
whoa baby look out!

(Above) All Rise: 10th Street District Court of Surf Justice is now in session, the
Honorable Judge Ralph G. Fatello presiding. CASE #108 BLATANT DROP IN OF
THE WEEK- This week it's Friend vs Friend.
CLICK and SEE this Surf crime and the verdict. Photo by RALPH

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(Above) Check this INSANE looking water spout action! Captured here in New England. April - 2011 Photo by Merlyn Caswell-Mackey
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(Above) BIG SUNDAY with Brendan McCray in the barrel! April 17, 2011
Photo by
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(Above) BIG SUNDAY with Andrew Kellar on a BOMB! April 17, 2011
Photo by
Merlyn Caswell-Mackey
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(Above) Check out Steve Dillon's Laguana pics...May, 2011
Photo by
Steve Dillon
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(Above) A glimpse at some of the other spots on our planet...
COMING NEXT WEEK! Photo via the Internet

(Above) Oh man...wouldn't you just love to...?
COMING NEXT WEEK! Photo via the Internet

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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

(Above) For those who question why the NAVY Seals would shoot an unarmed man...ask yourself this. Were the 3,000 innocent civilians who were killed on September 11, 2001 armed?
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