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WOODY BROWN (1912-2008)

One of surfing's most eldest of elders -- Woody Brown -- has passed on at the age of 96.

To read about Woody's life, please go to:
LEGENDARY SURFER: WOODY 'Spider' BROWN



1940s image of Woody courtesy of The Surfer's Journal


Woody was a true surfing legend and also one in the sailing and gliding worlds. Personally for me, he was an inspiration and there are aspects of my life that I have modeled from his own. Here's my favorite photo of Woody:



Woody and Malcolm, Paia, mid-1990s - photo by Miya


Links to more info about Woody Brown and his life:


-- Swaylock's
-- Surfer's Path, online edition, 4/21/2008
-- Surfer Magazine - Online edition, 4/21/2008
-- KGMB-TV video, 4/20/2008
-- Honolulu Star-Bulletin, 4/20/2008
-- Honolulu Advertiser, 4/20/2008
-- Maui News, 4/19/2008
-- "Of Wind and Waves: The Life of Woody Brown"
-- Honolulu Star-Bulletin, 7/30/2006: "Surf's Still Up for Woody Brown"
-- Maui Rippers, 2006
-- "Surfing For Life"
-- "The Spiritual Journey of Pioneer Surfer Woody Brown" by Drew Kampion, THE SURFER'S PATH, 2001





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Blogger mauisurfer said...

RIP Woody.
Nicest man I ever knew.
So kind, so generous, so gentle.
He explained to me once about how surfing and sailing and flying gliders were similar. Woody said that in each of these activities, the human soul was seeking its natural freedom from its earthly limitations (like gravity and weight and time and distance).

April 19, 2008  
Blogger HODAD26 said...

what a wonderful outlook and explanation
sure makes sense to me the 'freeing of the soul'
with earth,air,fire,water activities

April 20, 2008  
Blogger c-mac said...

A partner and I found the old Waikiki Surf catamaran, rotting in a slip at Ala Wai harbor, around 1972. Woody had built in the 50's with Funai's Boatyard,if not mistaken. We spent almost 1 1/2 years restoring it at Keahi Lagoon, and put it back into beach service in front of the Halekulani, for a couple of years. Woody stopped by once, as he heard it was back on the beach, and told us some wonderful stories of sailing it a decade or more earlier.Would often think of him while sailing between the islands, surfboards strapped to the the forward webbing--what a guy...

April 21, 2008  

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