On Saturday, January 13, 2018, Florida surf museum and the local surf community held a memorial paddle out for Pat O’Hare on Cocoa Beach. Pat was well known from coast to coast, having started surfing in California in the late 50s and relocating to Cocoa Beach in 1963. Pat began his career as a surfboard shaper which brought him to Cocoa Beach, but his talents as a surfer were quickly noticed and he began to surf professionally and then shape boards.
In the early days he made surfboards with his friend, Rick James, under the name James in O’Hare. In fact, my first board was a 9′ 6″ James and O’Hare longboard.
Me with my first surfboard
Soon after that he started O’Hare Surfboards. Most locals like myself owned one or more of Pat’s boards. Many still do.
A Paddleout is a Hawaiian born surfer tradition and memorializes surfers and brings their ashes to the sea. Numerous surfers gathered on the beach and then paddled out into the Atlantic Ocean. Once out they formed a huge circle. After a few words were spoken on Pats behalf, Rose petals were tossed in the air, water was splashed up, and his ashes were put into the water.
Pat, with a bigger than life personalty and his suffering & shaping skills will be missed by his family & extensive friendship network.
Random clips from this annual event in Cocoa Beach, Florida
I have periodically summit pictures to Standup Journal and they have published several. They recently add my profile to their website. Here is the link.
Well, got my 15 minutes of fame in the summer edition of Standup Journal. Wipeout pic on page 38 and a barrel shot plus a bio (see bottom of page) on page 40 (Addie Street Wall Gang was even called out).
For the first time, Amazing Surf Adventures brought Operation Surf to Cocoa Beach, Florida March 19 – 25th, 2015. Hundreds of locals showed up to show their support for the wounded heroes and to volunteer for this fantastic event. Many local businesses offered complementary food, rooms and supplies. Local fire, police and sheriff departments joined in the arrival parade as the city virtually shut down to honor the 14 participants. Below is a video summary and a photo slide show of the event. Maybe you can be a part of it next year!
Amazing Surf Adventures hosted Operation Surf Central Coast 2014, October 6th through the 12th. This event is held in support of the men and women whom have sacrificed so much to protect our freedom. Severely wounded active duty and veteran service members from various branches of the U.S. military & the UK who served in Afghanistan and Iraq took part in an epic life-changing experience at beaches across the Central Coast.
This year’s venues included Avila Beach, Morro Bay, Hollister Ranch and Shell beach. This video is a recap of their arrival, open ceremonies and surfing in Avila and Shell Beach. On Thursday 101 was closed due to an accident so I missed filming at Morro Bay and Hollister Ranch had limited participation. Enjoy.
Operation Surf is an epic life-changing adventure for our wounded active duty military heroes (USA & UK) – giving them confidence to move forward in a positive direction. Partner ing with Operation Comfort and Helping Heroes to bring this unique form of recreational rehabilitation to participants, exposing them to the healing power of the ocean through adaptive surfing taught by world-class instructors. The week long all inclusive event provides an environment where participants work to overcome perceived limitations of their physical and psychological disabilities. I have been volunteering for these events for the past 5 years. Here is a video of the first four days of Operation Surf 2013.