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The Long & The Short Of It

Updated: June 15, 2010, 1:17 PM ET
By Jake Howard

"Greg Long deserves this award," announced Garrett McNamara, on stage and online in the waning minutes of the Billabong XXL Awards—noble words for a man who's made a career out of manliness, and who had $50,000 on the line.

Shortly there after, San Clemente's Greg Long took the podium—deservedly winning Ride of the Year honors. In his quiet, humble way, he bashfully smiled out to the crowd, and withdrew two pages worth of handwritten notes. He lost me somewhere after he ...

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