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Red, white and ripping

Celebrating Independence Day in the surf

Updated: July 5, 2012, 7:30 PM ET
By Jon Coen and Jake Howard

What kind of Americans are surfers?

2012 4th of July Gallery

Surfers and the red, white, and blue. Gallery

Hard to say. We're not really a homogeneous group within this country that you can label one way or another. Many conscious folks go left on every wave and then there are waterborne champions of individual liberty. Among us are shortboard shredders who praise Obamacare and crusty longboarders who loathe anything that resembles socialism. There ...

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