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Port Elizabeth mourns the loss of local surf legend

Vaughan Jones © Luc Hosten




Memorial paddle out to celebrate the life of Vaughan Jones

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 1 August, 2014 - The Port Elizabeth surfing community is in mourning after one of its favourite sons, Vaughan Jones (62),  passed away on Tuesday evening while surfing at a local surf spot.

Vaughan, a teacher at Grey High School and known to many as Mr Jones, was one of those special individuals who was as popular with his pupils as he was in the surf.

Many South African and Eastern Province surfers were not only taught by Vaughan but also went surfing with him and his support of surfing at Grey made him a really special individual.

Tributes have been pouring in from the many who knew this likable surfing school teacher with the heart of gold.

Johnny Bakker, Vice President of Surfing South Africa, President of EP Surfing and long time friend of Vaughan expressed his condolences to the Jones family and friends for their loss. ”The Eastern Province surfing community is deeply saddened by his loss. He was a dear friend, a fellow surfer and loved by all. He surfed the Pipe more than many groms and he will be missed in the lineup. He was a past member of the EP Surfing Committee and the driving force behind interschool surfing. As a Grey teacher by profession Vaughan developed and encouraged surfing at school level” said Bakker about his surfing buddy.

Port Elizabeth local Mervyn Goddard also paid tribute to his friend. “Vaughan was a Pipe local and almost always paddled out no matter how small it was. The stoke he had led him to developing a sticker that he handed out to the ballies who were regulars at the Pipe. The sticker read – PIPE BALLIES – MAXING THE MIFFNESS. After four decades of surfing he still had the stoke of a grom”

His funeral will be at the United Summerstrand Church at 3pm today (Friday August 1st) and in the surfing tradition a memorial paddle out to celebrate his life as a surfer will take place at 1pm on Sunday August 3rd at the Pipe. The Eastern Province selection trials, which are scheduled to take place on Sunday, will be put on hold as the trialists and other surfers join in the memorial paddle out.

Robin de Kock

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