There’s a lot going on at the Ranch. There’s the contest, of course, where competitors in the 2019 Freshwater Pro have seemingly figured out that surfing safer means safer results. Then there’s the surf industry types and fans, huddling near the bar after the long drive to California’s Central Valley east of Fresno, where surfing seems about as out of place as an actual beach here in the state’s agricultural hub. But here we are, with the best damn view we’re probably ever going to get for a contest. Up close and personal, with a chance to get inside the heads of the world’s best. The hottest topic, it seems, is whether or not the Freshwater Pro will return for the 2020 Tour. With a rumored athlete vote coming (note that I haven’t confirmed that the vote is actually happening with WSL officials, I was told that by a curious CT surfer, see below), it’s rather good fun to ponder the possibilities with the players themselves. Change in scheduling is standard with any league. So out of pure curiosity, I informally polled several high-profile CT surfers (and one commentator) on whether they thought the Surf Ranch would be back next year. Using percentages – zero being no chance, 100 obviously meaning it’s back – here’s what I dug up in Lemoore.