G. Niblock on the L41 TipSUP Noserider. Photo: J. Chandler

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Legendary Big Wave Pioneer Woody Brown Passes

I saw Woody along with another legend, big wave rider Fred Van Dyke, at a Ride A Wave fundraiser in Santa Cruz several years ago. He was in his 90's then, and when he was back home in Hawaii Woody tried to surf as often as possible...still surfing in his 90's!

I was impressed by his vitality and his happy, warm and outgoing personality. He was most charming and generous in his demeanor and above all, very humble. If nothing else Woody served as an inspiration for we aging surfers who still want to enjoy and pursue our lifelong passion of surfing. Perhaps he also pioneered this, as well as his involvement in surfing, gliding and sailing.

To read more, or to purchase a documentary about Woody's life click on this link. I ordered my DVD today.

Aloha and Mahalo Woody!

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