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R.I.P. Kit Horn

Kit Horn passed away on 3/26/2010 at age 80. He was a true stoked surfer and a gentleman and an inspiration to all. I learned to surf in front of his house and it will be odd not to see him out surfing or out around the neighborhood. There is a memorial post dedicated to him on the Surfer message board started by my Dad, Peter St Pierre picture above with Kit in 2009, click here to view.
Read a Kit Horn story as told by Greg Noll on the Legendary Surfers blog, click here.
NY Times Obit

RIP Tommy Lewis

Cardiff-by-the-sea’s Tommy Lewis surfing in Puerto Rico from SURFER magazine center spread mid 70s.

“Tommy was a salty dog. A true old school California surfer. He was a fisherman, a shaper, a crusty lovable old surf dog. His dad was the legendary Stan Lewis, who was cut from the cloth of Hemingway — a real character.

Like many of us, Tommy was not without his issues, perhaps passed along from his father, who was often seen heading out to see with a bottle of Jack in one hand. In the past few years Tommy really got his act together — and it showed in the water!

Tommy was a friggin’ red hot surfer. Super smooth stylings and he drew a clean line, a prerequisite for So. Cal. surfers from the 60’s and 70s. Tommy had a badass, without-a-hitch switchstance roundhouse cutback, and the timing and wave knowledge that only can come from decades of being on the water.

In the 70s, he won the legendary Stone Steps contest, and it took him days to get the heavy toilet bowl with Buddha statues trophy up the steps!

Four months ago I had the honor of judging the final heat at the MSA event in perfect 3-5′ foot First Point. Against Malibu legends such as LJ Richards; Tommy took home the first place trophy.

Many will honor Tommy with a memorial paddle out and I’ll try to keep everyone informed when I find out more.”

–Scott Bass open thread about Tommy, click here.

Friends of Gus

I’m still trying to wrap my mind around the fact that Gus Fleming has passed away, it doesn’t seem right. Gus was an amazing surfer and he had the most positive attitude towards life I’d ever known. Why do people like that always die young?

Justin Cote wrote some nice words about Gus on the Transworld website,

On Thursday September 4th the surfing community lost one of our beloved brothers due to complications of Lou Gehrig’s disease. Gus Fleming was a longtime fixture at Swamis and besides his family and friends loved nothing more than ripping out there with his smooth style and friendly demeanor.

There will be a memorial paddle out for Gus at Swami’s Saturday, September 20th.

North County Times Obituary

Online Obit Guest Book.

Instead of flowers, donations are requested for his two daughters education fund. Please send checks to The Gus Fleming 2005 Trust and mail to 1726 LeGaye Drive, Cardiff, CA 92007