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Hundreds Paddle Out To Celebrate Brock Little’s Life

Surfer legend Brock Little died in February of this year, at the age of 48, after a battle with cancer. Little was born in Napa, California and moved to Haleiwa with his family when he was 3 years old. The North Shore surfer was known for riding massive waves, and was a regular in breaks such as Waimea and Mavericks. Little also had a career as a stuntman, appearing in Tropic Thunder, Soul Surfer and Transformers, just to name a few. 

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Little’s family and friends held a celebration of life for Brock in Waimea bay. Hundreds of people paddled out to honor Little, so many that the event is being regarded as the largest paddle out memorial ever on Oahu’s North Shore. Clark Little, Brock’s brother opted to have the memorial in the summer months so that the surf would likely be flat. Many people from the surf community attended, including Little’s surf comrades Kelly Slater and John John Florence.

Little’s family released his ashes into his favorite bay, which he loved with all his heart, afterwards friends and family spoke about Brock, and how he impacted their lives. Little paved a path for the progression of big wave surfing and will not be forgotten within the industry. 

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