Ron Stoner's Girl: By Matt Warshaw

Ignore the fact that circumstances were about to shoot the lights out on Stoner’s career, his love life, his sanity. Take in the happiness of this moment. Ron and Paulette, North Shore, 1967. Ron Stoner was the world’s best surf photographer in 1966, and had some money in his pocket, and was good-looking in the bargain. But he was a wash-out with the ladies. Took his sister to SURFER Poll. Blew an easy chance to lose his virginity to the local party girl. That summer Stoner had his eyes on a stunning little blonde named Paulette Martinson, but couldn’t work up the nerve to ask her out. Partly because she was just 14—Stoner was 21—but more because he just had no game with the...

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