Brock Little Is Remembered By The Surf World

20 Feb 2016 5

BL & Brock Little on the island of Tavarua, Fiji, Photo provided by Barton Lynch

BL & Brock Little on the island of Tavarua, Fiji, Photo provided by Barton Lynch

The surfing world is in mourning at the loss of Hawaiian, Brock Little. 

Born in 1967, Little began surfing at just seven-years-old on the shores of Haleiwa. He and his family, including younger brother and photographer, Clark made their home on the island of Oahu and absorbed the aloha lifestyle after moving from California when Brock was just three. 

After dominating junior surfing contests, Little made it as a pro, only to ruffle the feathers of some of the biggest surfers of the time with his audacity and love of big wave riding. He added his name to a group of respected legends when he took on The Eddie as a competitor for the first time at just 19 years of age. He placed fourth that year and returned four years later to finish second. His career as a surfer involved travel and stunt work on films as well as a countless contributions as a writer to the world's surf media.

Friend and fellow surfer Barton Lynch remembers a talented legend of the sport. They met as a teenagers during an afternoon session at Log Cabbins, he recalls.

"We were the only ones out we got to talking, swapped boards and formed a friendship that saw me spend several winter seasons sleeping on the Little families couch and Brock and I surfing together all the time." Says BL.

"He was always a fearless individual who didn't care what others thought. He did what he did because he wanted to, it was inside him and he wasn't motivated by anyone else but himself."

"He lived on a different level to most and I am stoked I got to share in some of those adventures in his early days."

"I am really grateful that I got to spend some quality time with him in these weeks before and know that he passed knowing that he had given his time on earth everything he possibly could and he has left a mark on his sport, culture and global community that shines bright."

"One of the last things we discussed was how touching it was for him to know that so many people cared and respected what he had done and who he was. Brocky was truly touched by the outpouring of love he received since the diagnosis of his cancer."

Brock Little's legacy of stretching big wave surfing to its limits will live on. 

Brock Little passed away in his home after a battle with liver cancer, on Thursday 18 February 2016 aged 48.

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