Mike Morgan: Huntington Ripper and Legend Passes Away

posted by / News / June 6, 2005

Huntington Beach surfer and contest announcer passes at age 44.

One of surfing’s most famous contest voices, Huntington Beach’s Mike {{{Morgan}}}, died this past weekend of unknown causes. He was 44. “He was fit; that’s why this is so shocking,” said close friend Scott Waring. Morgan had spoken to his parents Friday afternoon, telling them that he’d slipped in the bathtub. When they found him, Sunday, he was near the telephone, which shows he may have tried for help.

Morgan was renowned, alongside his close friend, Rick “Rockin’ Fig” Fignetti, as the voice of Surf City, where he announced literally every surf competition to pass town, including the US Open of Surfing, over the past 15 years. A hot surfer himself; he was a member of the 1980 Championship US World team, taking gold in France, along with the NSSA National Team. With the US Open he also announced other big events like the Boost Mobile Pro and the NSSA Nationals. To countless surfers worldwide, both pros and bros, he was a clear example of what surfing really is. “He was a dawn patrol maniac. 30 minutes before first light-he was the first guy in the water at the pier, for the past 20-years!” says Waring. A memorial paddle out will be held this Saturday, 11:30 am, Southside of the Huntington Beach pier. All are invited.

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