Here in Indo while it happened, so close but so far feeling so helpless. I so want whoever cares to know how much respect and love I had for the guy, in my own way, even though not much time was spent together really. He was indirectly my mentor, an inspiration in and out of the water since 1977 when I arrived on the Goldy to see his beautiful Hotstuffs everywhere.
If there is a man, a surfer, a shaper on this planet whom deserves utmost unreserved respect for his contribution to life, OUR lives, then there is no doubt it is AB. The ONLY thing I did not care for with AB was his insistence on fading me at Burleigh absolutely every time I shared our “home” together. He just knew he could do a better job than me on that iconic wave. You deserved every one AL. I am PROUD to have been faded by ALAN BYRNE.
His memory will never fade and it will continue to live all over the globe, specifically in Japan, Hawaii, Bali, Australia and his true home NZ where he left indelible mark on waves with his super smooth style, and his “SWEET AS BRU!” boards that always blew me away. Love you AB…Sympathies and love to Jane and the boys…