I was deeply saddened to hear that one of our brothers passed away last Saturday while surfing along the east coast of Taiwan. Initially it was unclear as to whether or not it was due to head trauma or something else, but details that I’ve gathered thus far say that it was the result of cardiac arrest. He took off on a wave and when he didn’t return to the line-up the two friends he was surfing with, long time Taitung local and expat John and his daughter Kaylee, noticed him floating face down unconscious. All efforts made to resuscitate him turned out to be in vain.
I first met him back in 2000-2001 when he began splitting his time between Shanghai and Taiwan to manage his surf apparel and accessories factories. He had impeccable timing and I knew that when Bob was in town that we would score. He was to me, someone who had life dialed. Â Down to earth, fun, and as his friends would say ‘the oldest grom they knew’.
One of my all time favorite images from Taiwan is a shot I took of him paddling out during a Typhoon swell. I have it hanging on the wall in my living room. Â I looked at it long and hard when I heard the news. There Bob is, first one out, paddling into some of the best waves of the season.
There is a planned memorial ceremony in October and a few tributes in the works. Â I have asked friends to send me photos, memories, or anything else they would like to share to help heal the pain and loss within the surfing community in Taiwan and beyond.
The surf community has lost a great friend and inspiration. My sincere condolences go out to his family, friends, business partners, colleagues, and fellow ocean brothers and sisters. Rest in peace Bob!