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Tribute to surfing stalwart
21st March 2023 The Gisborne Herald
THE district's surfing fraternity are mourning the loss of one of their own who passed away while surfing at Makorori at the weekend.
Don Pearson, aged in his early 60s, suffered a medical event while he was surfing and despite the best efforts of friends and on the beach could not be revived.
Gisborne Boardriders Club posted on social media:“It is with the saddest of hearts that the club would like to acknowledge the passing of our beloved friend Don Pearson.
“Don's service to the boardriders club spanned over 20 years and we would not be where we are today without him.
“His incredible skill and passion for photography always captured others at their best and most shining moments.
“Don was a huge part of the surfing and wider Gisborne community, always willing to lend a hand, capture some beautiful photos or just sharing a yarn and will be sorely missed by the many who knew him.
“He leaves behind his wife Jen, their three daughters, grandchildren and a multitude of close friends. Our thoughts are with them at this most painful of times.
“Don - thank you for the many years of good times and many memories shared. May the waves from here on out be your perfect size and the winds forever offshore.
“Arohanui, moe mai rā e hoa.”