Surf City hosts another saltwater send-off in wake of fallen surfer

Published: Thursday, May 15, 2014 at 01:07 PM.

“Everything is going well today and the family seems to be letting go of some of their grief,” Howard said. “We’ve just seen way too many tragic deaths here in our community over the last few years.”

Cadenaugh and Howard were referring to Kurt Murray, 21, who died just more than three years ago in big surf churned by Hurricane Igor and experienced waterman, Larry Kinkade, 53, who died last month after an excavator rolled and pinned him in a pond at a construction sight near the town’s outskirts.

Both Murray and Kinkade’s deaths prompted community paddle outs at Surf City Pier.

Also present Saturday was Hans Loewen’s mother, Jennifer Loewen, who stood at the water’s edge to watch the ceremony. She was moved to tears as her son was honored by friends and acquaintances. 

“Hans loved this place. He was a warrior and he took risks,” Jennifer said. “He knew there were consequences for those, but sometimes you just want to have fun. He knew he might break a bone or get a scrape, but it did not scare him. You still have to move on. I don’t want kids to stop having fun.”

After the ceremony, the steady onshore sea breeze kicked up some chop and a few of the surfers caught rides toward shore. As the rest of the surfers also advanced to the beach, flowers were left swirling in their wakes.

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