Hundreds of people gathered at Swami’s in Encinitas, California, on Friday, September 19, to celebrate the life of Gary Taylor and to spread his ashes in the lineup he called home. Taylor died September 6 of a stroke while traveling back from a successful trip to Mentawai islands of Indonesia. He was 46 years old.
Parked cars and SUVs — many adorned with surf racks — stretched out of sight along San Elijo Avenue and Summit Avenue, the streets overlooking this famous North San Diego County right pointbreak. Hundreds more were parked along PCH. A line of surfers stretched back into the parking lot, each waiting to sign a remembrance book located at the top of the stairs leading down to the beach. Nearby, an impromptu memorial, set up more than a week ago, overflowed with flowers, photos of Taylor, and notes from friends and family.
And then, led by twelve of Taylor’s closest friends — all clad in memorial white t-shirts — the hundreds of surfers made their way out past the nearly flat lineup to the calm, deep waters past the reef. It was there, in a short yet joyful ceremony, that GT’s ashes were spread by his widow Marlene and by his friends. In a unified hoot that could be heard past PCH, Taylor’s friends said goodbye.
We will all certainly miss him.
[IMAGE 1][IMAGE 2][IMAGE 3][IMAGE 4][IMAGE 5][IMAGE 6][IMAGE 7]Quicktime tribute to GT from Surfhistory.com