Reno Abellira: Prince of Speed

A throwback to his quickness

Reno was my favorite surfer in 1970. Or rather, I guess he was in my Top Three, along with Jock and Jeff. Shit what I am saying, BK was up there too. With Lopez moving fast on the outside. But Reno always looked best in photos, with those turns that were half ballet, half Formula One. The style vibe that came off him was strong enough to affect a 5th-grader.

If I were still doing 10,000-word profiles for surf magazines, Reno would be first on my list. Pretty sure his story veers into some very weird and dark places, yet he has made it all the way to 2015, and he is fit and smiling more than he ever did as a Young Turk.