Santa Barbara Surf Team holds paddle-out for shooting victims
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 29 May, 2014 - Hundreds of surfers in Isla Vista glided into the ocean on Wednesday in honor of the victims of Friday’s tragic shooting in Santa Barbara. The surfers held hands and formed a giant circle about 50 yards off shore, while a leader read out the names of the six who perished during Elliott Rodger’s rampage where he killed six students and wounded 13 others during a Friday night shooting.
After a moment of silence, they threw flowers into the center of the circle. The memorial was organized by University of California-Santa Barbara’s surf team and publicized via Facebook and word of mouth.
Bradley Martin, a UCSB surfer, said he was surprised about how many students turned up at the event. “I am shocked how many people actually are here right now, I cannot even begin to estimate today’s attendance,” Martin told USCB's campus newspaper, Daily Nexus. “It is just a testament to the strength and resilience of the community. It is great to see everyone coming together to create a calm environment where we can all celebrate one another and honor those we lost this past week.”
Three students were stabbed to death, three were fatally shot, and 13 others were wounded Friday night in the attack by Elliot Rodger, 22, a community college student who had posted an Internet video outlining his plan to slaughter as many people as possible.