bummer. never met him but shared some words and stoke across the ether. rip.
Rest your soul Kokua. Always a gentleman. Got lots of repect because gave lots of respect. Aloha
Aloha no Kokua. Aloha Mike.
I'm so glad I had a chance to see you in Arizona when you were doing better. Your positive attitude and help will be missed. You will live in our hearts and memories for all time.
A hui hou!
I never met Mike in person but we shared many email communiques via Swaylocks. He seemed like such a great person... extremely knowledgeable but always ready to share his professional tips and secrets to those who asked.
We both had hoped that he could make it out to one of the Big Sur campouts but his health problems hit him really hard at all the wrong times.
My condolences to his family and friends. I sense a great loss to the community.
Kokua was a genuinely kind and giving member. His absence here at sways has been and will be missed...
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I just want to pay tribute to a man I do not know but from who I learned a lot.
Last year we exchanged a few e-mails - an excerpt from one:
"I really wanted to start working on the SUP thing this summer before I go back to Kauai in Nov. but maybe it's meant for me to die from a polluted ocean, I could live or should say die from that because I will be doing something I love and I am going to try and see if I can figure a way to paddle and see in front of me. I made 5 years of no cancer in January. I drink only alkaline water these days and cancer doesn't like alkali, it thrives in acidity so all I know is I will be back on Kauai come Nov or possibly Oct and that is what counts because it's time to go home because this is not my home. I have cheated death two times now and not many people can say that."
Sad to hear of his death but Mike's returned home.
Never a mean word or bad attitude, always a kind man. R.I.P.
Surfboards bind us all together on this website, but very few here are more than anoyingly semi helpful Mike was one of thoses guys that would give you the shirt off his back..no questions asked, He was solid backbone of this place.. Always took the high road around here, class act, respectful, always giving a helping hand.
My Dad always said you have to give respect to receive respect. Mike lived this around here in cyberland. Rest in peace Mike you are not forgotten and you enriched many for the better.
Never met Mike. When I first got involved with Swaylocks there was a lot of crap slinging and chest thumping, sometimes still is, Mike always had a measured tone of someone who actually knew what he was doing. He gave good advice freely and his attitude and stoke about surfing is something to remember.