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Ralph Pic Of The Week

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April 29th, 2007

Charlie McMahon was a Lifeguard at Hampton Beach. That's right. He hung out here every Summer. I know people who knew him well. Oh, and he also surfed here. You know...that popular spot called the Wall.
Why would I mention this today? Well, for starters, Today is the anniversary of the day the last two Americans were killed in Vietnam.

On April 29, 1975 Cpl. Charles McMahon (Massachusetts) and Lcpl Darwin Judge were killed when 5 North Vietnamese Divisions closed in on the final chapter of that long drawn out war. A direct hit from a Rocket killed them both. The last two Americans out of the 58,000 who died there.

Charlie surfed The Wall.

The other reason I mention it is, today we also honored two men from Hampton who were killed in Vietnam.

There were 8 men from Hampton who died in Vietnam. Two of them, Bruce Brown in 1968 and Mark Brown in 1969 were never recognized until today. Bruce Brown and Mark Brown (no relation) were both heroes. I mean, they were bona fide heroes. They were both awarded medals for bravery. The Silver Star and the Bronze Star with a "V" device for valor. We had a nice turnout for both men. I mentioned my late friend Joe Somogyi who surfed here back in the day and was responsible for naming a lot of the breaks we all surf today. I mentioned Joe because he was in the same unit as Mark Brown. They were both in the 5th Special Forces (Green Berets) who did some amazing things.

My son Max and I, were the only surfers present today at both of these short dedications.

I mention all of this, because this past week, both the Congress and the Senate voted to pull out of Iraq. The last time we pulled out of a War was Vietnam. The results of us pulling out of Vietnam was a total disaster for the South Vietnamese. Hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians were killed in South Vietnam by the North Vietnamese 'after we left.' Hundreds of thousands more, were put into Re-education camps where they were tortured and abused for many years. Millions of people fled the country (Boat people). And over two million people died in Cambodia.

I'm not making this stuff up kids. It's in the history books. Read about it. So what will happen if we pull out of Iraq?

Seriously, what will happen if we pull out of IRAQ? Well, I have my own opinion. And it's just MY opinion. But I think it gets way worse than what happened in Vietnam. Way worse. More people will die. Way more people. The Mideast becomes way more unstable than it is today. Iran and Syria will make their move and engulf Iraq. And before you know it...all eyes will be on Israel.

Once that happens, all bets are off.

But this is just my opinion kids. Maybe none of that will happen. Maybe if we pullout of Iraq, the Mideast will turn into this peace loving region, where we can all go and surf in the deep blue Medirterranean Sea and not worry about Terrorists and mayhem. And maybe, those chocolate covered monkees you dream about, will finally fly out of your butt. And maybe New England will suddenly turn into a tropical state and we'll never have to wear wetsuits again...and everything will be just the way we all want it to be. That could happen. NOT!!!

My opinion careful of what you wish for. And don't forget the past...because if you do, you will be condemned to repeat it.

Chocolate covered monkees? I'm Sorry.

Wait I just heard the Patriots signed Randy Moss!!!! Is that good news or bad news? H-m-m-m-m...well let me ask you this. Can Randy Moss catch a football? Can Randy Moss Run? Will Bill Belichick put up with his shenanigans?

You all know the answers to this. Yes, Yes and No.

Randy wants a ring. We want another Ring (cuz we's greedy). My opinion (here I go again) is...Randy toes the line to get that ring. In other words, we won't be seeing Randy moon the end zone crowds. In fact, we won't see any of that childish BS. What we'll see is another potent weapon for Tom Brady. And we all know who Brady's favorite receiver is right....? Heck that's easy, Brady's favorite receiver is.... the guy who's open.

They also drafted a safety from Miami. Brandon Meriweather played for the Hurricanes and was involved in that infamous brawl last season. He was seen on videotape head stomping some poor fool's head in. Again...will Meriweather head stomp someone as a Patriot? Gee I don't know...I guess you better ask Teddy Bruschi or Rodney Harrison.

Hey guess what I missed a couple of weeks ago? My Ralph's Pic Of The Week 4th anniversary. Hard to believe I've been writing this column and posting photos for four years. I know I've pissed a few of you off from time to time, but I also know I've connected with a bunch of you. I guess you have to take the good with the bad. Like I've said many times in the past. The opinions on Ralph's Pic Of The Week are mine. Me- Ralph. No one else.
Comprendo amigos?

Still four years...dam that's something. I started out with posting one pic. Remember? Then it was a few. Then I added the yesterday shots. Then I started to get so many photos from so many talented photographers, that it almost became overwhelming. Hell, it became a job. It's not unusual for me to post upwards of 30 or more photos. And these photos are good too. No groveling 1' slop stuff. We're talking quality work, and almost exclusive. I say almost, because some of the shots get posted on our friends sites too. That's cool though. I'm happy with the content we get.

And it's been fun writing the BS I write every week. And look, I'll be the first to say, that some of the shit I write is...well...bullshit. If I make a few of you laugh, and a few of you think about issues, then I'm doing my job. And if I piss a few of you off, well that's all part of it to. Look, I'm not Mr Rogers Neighborhood here. I call 'em like I see 'em.

Don't forget. May 11-13 ESA-NNE Regional Surf Contest. The Regionals are being hosted by the local branch of the ESA...NNE (Northern New England) . Lenny Nichols and Company ( the local boys and girls) are hosting this event right here in Hampton. This is a must see surf contest. Some of those Jersey and New York boys (and girls) can surf their asses off. Trust me, it's worth seeing. This will all take place (hopefully if there's surf) at the Wall...10th St. The show is coming to town. Check it

Happy Birthday May 2nd to Nohea Nichols!

Please Remember The Danny Miller Foundation.
Donations for Late Surfer Danny Miller's young son can be made to The Landon Miller Fund through ANY Citizen Bank.
Or send your donation to:
The Landon Miller Foundation
83 South Road
North Hampton, NH 03862

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North By Northeast

Remember my friends...Surfing heals all wounds....
Pray for Surf. Pray for Peace. Surf For Fun.



Yesterday 1974 Vincent and His Beaver Tail Flapping at the Walll
Ever surf in a beaver tail wetsuit? Ever surf a shortboard singlefin without a leash? No? Well you haven't lived
until you have. You might be busy trying to find a vintage wetsuit. You can always find an old singlefin shortboard
though. Or buy one of the remakes. It's the same thing.
Video Frame Grab from FALL WALL SFOD. R. Fatello

Today 2007 One More From Manic Marathon Monday Swell April 16th

(Above) This is a photo of Ocean Blvd. Photo courtesy of Dan The Man

(Above) This is another photo of Ocean Blvd. Photo courtesy of Dan The Man

Today 2007 Maui Blur Zone

(Above) John Carden is sitting on a plane as I write this. He's heading to INDO. Is he excited? You bet yer ass
he is. I'm sure he's bouncing around in his seat right now. In fact, I bet he's sedated...that's one long flight.
Any way, expect to see some Fresh Indo Shiatt as soon as I get em. Be safe Johnny.
Photo by John Carden

Today 2007 Bernie Baker's Hawaiian Weekend

(Above) Checking the action at Pipe. Photo by Bernie Baker

(Above) Looks safe enough...whattaya say? Should we paddle out?Photo by Bernie Baker

(Above) We're On It! Photo by Bernie Baker

Today 2007 Meanwhile in Costa Rica

(Above) Michael Gnecco styling in CR. Photo courtesy of Dave Hartnett

(Above) Small but clean. CR. Photo courtesy of Dave Hartnett

Today 2007 The Phantom Returns

(Above) New water Craft for Team Phantom. Working out the bugs before the first mission
Photo courtesy of The Phantom

(Above) Tell the boys to sleep with one eye open. This baby will be pulling up to your local reef before you
roll out of bed and wolf down those pop tarts.
Photo courtesy of The Phantom

(Above) I told you sons of bitches he was coming! Ha! Too late, he's on it like a hornet!
Photo courtesy of The Phantom

(Above) Look at this wave....oh man....this is the sweetness we all seek.
Photo courtesy of The Phantom

(Above) I don't know about you guys, but this is killing me. Dam Phantom...why ya gotta be so dam hurtful?
Photo courtesy of The Phantom

(Above) Think about this wave tonight in your dreams....z-z-z-z-z-z.
Photo courtesy of The Phantom

Today 2007 Parting Shot....GET UP! STAND UP!

(Above) STRANGE NEW SUP...this shit's getting weird. Photo courtesy of The Phantom







































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































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