Surf’s up: Military, waves, shape Runyon’s way of life

JACKSONVILLE, N.C.  — As a kid growing up in Creswell, Clint Runyon was often told he should break the family mold and not join the military. His dad was a Vietnam veteran and both grandfathers had fought in World War II. 

There are so many better things to do with your life, people insisted. 

Still, Runyon had to fuel a competitive fire that was burning inside. He played football, basketball and baseball throughout school, and he became increasingly more fascinated by dirt bikes and board sports. 

In January of 2022 . . .