“The Ranch,” by Drew Kampion, ran in the November 1968 issue of SURFER. This version has been slightly edited. * * * A lone surfer sits in a deep blue slick, watching the sun inch down toward golden hills. A light offshore drifts over the smooth water. Outside a shadow rises in the calm and approaches silently. The wave peaks, blackens with mercuric gloss. The surfer strokes, marring the perfect...

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