Well-known Huntington Beach surfer and artist Ryan Rustan has battled mental health and drug issues since he was 14 years old.
Two years ago, Rustan came across a 6-month-old puppy who had been so neglected she was near death. Together, Rustan and "Suge" are healing each other using water therapy.
Now, two months after being rescued Suge has become a local surf sensation.
Christina Pascucci reports for the KTLA 5 News at 10 on Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014.
Follow Suge's journey on Instagram @ryanrustan