Gnarly Times at Nana'ite Beach

F&SF March 2012 Science Fiction, 7,400 words

Dirk Rider and the Coastal Gang are the biggest jerks on the beach, and Dusty Yokoyama is determined to beat them in the Malihini Junior Surf-Off contest. Luckily, maverick surfboard-maker and local legend Zhaoping Ho wants none other than Dusty, "the Mayor of Loserville," to use one of his mysterious prototypes in the competition. What makes the prototype so special? Will Dusty catch a totally tubular wave and the attention of all—or even any—okay, just one—hot girl?

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F&SF, March/April 2012