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Inimitable Shawn "Barney" Barron is dead at 44

Shawn Barron jumps off of Lighthouse Point in 1999 © Vern Fisher






One of surfing's most colorful characters has passed away at 44

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 6 May, 2015 - Santa Cruz, California - Today the surfing world woke to a bummer: Shawn “Barney” Barron has passed away at 44.

Barney's exploits—documented in shakey, lo-fi glory in Josh Pomer's The Kill series, and especially some of Volcom's early masterpieces—were something to behold. His parts in Stoney Baloney and Magnaplasm were some of the most groundbreaking minutes in 90's surf films—massive late-90s Mavs bombs, barrel rolls, Barney flips, the guy was electric in the water.

Barney, along with a young Bruce Irons, was the face of Volcom for the brand's infant years. We could look forward to him ripping in in those custom Spiderman wetsuits from Hotline, punting airs at the Lane, getting slotted all around Santa Cruz's Westside.

Though he hasn't been as present in the surf world recently, in 2013 he put out a few episodes of “Barney Barron Web-TV!” which featured him doing airs and grab-rail cutbacks, then hassling Santa Cruz locals with a microphone—generally being a Barney.

Barney died Tuesday, at his home, after a “23-year-old woman who lived at [Barney's] home... went outside to an area between the home and an in-law unit, and saw Barron on the ground.”

He wasn't breathing. 

Ashton Goggans

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