Stab Magazine | Surfing's Greats Gather In Celebration Of Brock Little's Life

Surfing’s Greats Gather In Celebration Of Brock Little’s Life

The largest paddle out the North Shore’s ever seen. 

Words by stab

On February 18th, Brock Little died. After a long fight with cancer, the 48-year-old was taken by the disease that has affected nearly all of us. Brock’s legacy, however, will live on forever. Yesterday, at Waimea Bay, everyone from Clark Little, Kelly Slater, John John Florence, Sunny Garcia, Ross Clark-Jones, Kala Alexander and more gathered to honour a man who pushed the boundaries of big wave surfing and inspired and molded generations of the world’s best into the gents we know today. As is typical in this day and age, when news of Brock’s death was disclosed, the Instagram feeds flooded in tribute. And, by yesterday afternoon, The Bay was pumping. Not from heavy swell, but from the splashing, cheers and loving energy of friends and family who paddled out to bid Brock farewell. Brock’s brother and world famous shorebreak photog, Clark, along with his mother, father and Brock’s wife carried Mr Little’s ashes out on a large canoe. Clark released Brock into the depths of Waimea bay — where Mr Little set the precedent of what was possible at the notorious big wave break. The paddle out has been reported as one of, if not the largest North Shore paddle out to ever take place. Brock’s life was big as was his celebration. 

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