Noah Smith

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PHOTOS The criminal gang who took control of a California surf haven — Us of America

It’s a beautiful winter day at Lunada Bay: a near deserted cove, crisp California sunshine, azure ocean, waves rhythmically breaking at the point, as if nature were extending an invitation to surf. But when my friend and I clambered down the rocky path, boards in hand, the gathering of surfers already there were less welcoming.