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Tuesday, 11 May 2010

Noel Robinson Big wave rider dies in surf tragedy

The surfing world is mourning the loss of a well-known North Coast boarder who died after wiping out in the surf off southern Mexico near his winter-time home. Surfer and videographer Noel Robinson split his time between Bodega Bay and Puerto Escondido, where the accident occurred about 200 miles south of Acapulco.

Surfline photographer Edwin Morales: "He took off on a solid righthander and wiped out and never came out. Lifeguards and everyone else on the beach were looking for an hour and 20 minutes until they finally found his body."

Robinson grew up on the Sonoma Coast, cultivating a following with his skill, adventurous spirit and warm persona. “He's really popular out here. Everyone knew him,” said surfer Chris Hansen, who works at the Bodega Bay Surf Shack. “Great surfer.”

In addition to a lifelong devotion to surfing, Robinson was a well-known vidoegrapher who contributed to EPSN. Last month, his footage of South African surfer and friend Grant “Twiggy” Baker at February's Mavericks Surf Contest in Half Moon Bay was recognized at the Billabong XXL Global Big Wave Awards.

Robinson was himself photographed riding a tube in Puerto Escondido by Surfing Magazine Senior Photographer Jeff Flint just an hour before his death. News of the tragedy quickly spread, reaching the North Coast in about an hour, Hansen said.

“It just spread like wildfire,” he said. “Everyone's talking about it. It's a horrible tragedy, but you know, he died doing what he loved.”

Source: Surfers Village/Surfline/pic Todd Glaser

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