Considered by his peers to be the best big-surfer of the 1950s and 60s, legend Pat Curren died on Sunday at the age of 90. Father of the triple world champion Tom Curren (1985, 1986, 1990) and grandfather of Lee Ann Currenhe was considered one of the pioneers of big wave surfing, especially in Waimea Bay, on the North Shore of Oahu (Hawaii).
The Californian from San Diego, who discovered surfing late at the age of 18 in La Jolla was also a very recognized shaper (builder of boards). His first models, the most famous of which is “Elephant Gun”, were precisely guns (long boards with pointed ends) which allowed him to surf the famous wave of Waimea.
Pat Curren was also in the cast of several films including Surf Crazy (1959), Barefoot Adventure (1960), Cavalcade of Surf (1962) and Gun Ho! (1963).