TODD CHESSER: BIRTHDAY SALUTE TO THE ANTI-LAIRD

I talked to Todd Chesser just a few times, but my impression was that the guy was twice as funny and 25 IQ points smarter than pretty much every other surfer on the North Shore. Thousand-watt smile. Enjoyed a bit of mild debauchery. He was a couple of years older than the guys he ran around with, sort of an informal leader, very comfortable in his own skin.

Chesser would have been 46 today. Floored me to think he's been dead now for 17 years. Shane Dorian is the guy to ask about this (Todd...