Surfing world loses unique and much-loved individual
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 19 February, 2016 - Unridden realm pioneer, writer, stuntman and former pro surfer Brock Little has passed away after his battle with cancer.
Little announced last month he was battling the disease in its advanced stages, and Surfer Magazine reported this morning that Little had passed away. "I have cancer," Little posted on Instagram. "It sucks, but I taking chemo. You do what can. Can't believe the person in that picture is me. I look in the mirror and I feel like it's not me."
Little was born in Napa, California in 1967 and started surfing at age seven when his family relocated to Hawaii.
He had a brief pro career on tour but found his groove in the big wave arena. He placed second at the 1990 Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau right behind Keone Downing. During that event he attempted to ride the largest wave to come through that day and suffered a spectacular wipeout.
Beyond surfing Little was a good writer, turning in dozens of articles to both major U.S. surfing magazines. He worked as a stuntman in several major Hollywood productions including Transformers and Tropic Thunder.
"People ask me what I do for a living, and I do nothing,” Little told Interview Magazine. “I pick up a check in the mail and go surfing. And when the waves aren't good in Hawaii, somebody pays me to surf somewhere else.”
The surf community expressed sadness with today's news. Kelly Slater said in an Instagram post: "@brock.little...larger than life to me. The world I know will never be the same. I love you, man. Thank you. Brock passed quietly amongst friends and family just a short time ago."