Ron Drummond

Orange County, 1988

It was an earthquake wave, and I rode it till I skidded up on the beach amongst all the beach umbrellas and blankets and picnic paraphernalia.

Gary Lynch recorded a conversation with bodysurfing and surf canoeist Ron Drummond in the summer of 1988, when Drummond was 80. This version has been shortened and edited.

 *  *  * 

I started to tell you why I’m deaf. I got hit by lightning and it knocked me about 15 feet flat on my back. It was such a loud noise; when you hear thunder way off you don’t realize how loud it is, but when it’s right next to you, why, it ruined the nerves in my ear, so I’ve never been able to hear well since.

Whe...