I thought of presenting a hardcore research paper about food politics and the insidious conspiracy by the Corn Refiner’s Association of America (in collaboration with the FDA) to usher in a brave new world riding on amber waves of grain: a nutritious, affordable sweetener for all, High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) lining the food aisles of Walmart.
Thirty-seven-year-old big-wave champion Darryl “Flea” Virostko and I stood on a cliff above the grey North Pacific. The wind howled. The surf spot we’d come to check folded in upon itself far below us. Flea unburied his golf bag from the bed of his battered Toyota Tundra. Just couple of years old, it belched white smoke from the exhaust pipe, bled steering fluid, and ran unevenly on seven of its eight cylinders.