This is the story of Southern California surfer Ryan Rustan and his dog, Sugar. Ryan grew up in Huntington Beach and comes from a long line of surfers. From an early age, he hung out at the pier and got into a rough crowd of hardcore surf rats.
“I was just always angry,” he explains, mentioning that neither family, the church, nor the ocean “taught me how to love.” It wasn’t until meeting Sugar, an all-white dog he rescued, that he found something needing him. Their relationship set Ryan on the path to healing.