Sean Collins Paddle Out

posted by / Photos / January 9, 2012

Mike Parsons

Mike Parsons

A.J. Collins

A.J. Collins

A huge turnout, with thousands more on the beach and pier.

A huge turnout, with thousands more on the beach and pier.

Painted board

Painted board

Taylor Knox

Taylor Knox

A.J. and Tyler Collins.

A.J. and Tyler Collins.

Photos by Jeff Flindt

Late morning at Huntington Beach saw overflowing parking lots and shoulder-to-shoulder crowds on both the sand and the pier, all joined to remember the life of Sean Collins. The masses huddled around a podium to hear surfers like Brad Gerlach, Mike Parsons and Taylor Knox share their memories of Sean — stories of forecasts, surf trips and cold beers. The message was clear that Sean was a man who, if you’re a surfer, has touched your life in one way or another. And if the turnout was any indication, people recognized the impact he had on their lives. After the memories were shared a prayer was said and people took to the water, riding the current along the HB pier with flowers in their mouths, and formed a truly massive circle just outside the waves. The circle then collapsed and in the middle Collins’ sons, A.J. and Tyler, stood atop a surfboard raft and embraced. And then, well, everyone went surfing.

RIP Sean

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