ALBANY, Ore. — Ron Heagy Jr. of Millersburg, Ore., used to think he had problems.
He was 17, 6-foot-2, and could bench-press 300 pounds. He was going to be a fullback for Oregon State University. He had plans for spring break that didn’t include dragging his little brother along on a surfing trip.
But here he was, stuck with a 13-year-old, so mad he shrugged off his mother’s request for a hug goodbye.
March 17, 1980. A perfect, pristine morning, the day before his 18th birthday. Heagy left his brother snoozing on the sand and headed out for what looked like the perfect wave. Continue Reading »