Big Crowd Farewells Surfing Pioneer Peter Troy

October 7, 2008: – – Mourners flew in from around Australia and the world to attend the funeral of one of Australia’s most respected surfing identities, Peter Troy, on the Sunshine Coast today. Hawaiian shirts and colourful prints were worn by almost everyone who turned out for Troy’s funeral at Nambour. The 70-year-old died from a blood clot last week at his home in Mudjimba.

There was standing room only, with an estimated 250 people attending the funeral. The vice-president of the International Surfing Association, Alan Atkins, delivered the eulogy and says Troy was an icon. “Peter sort of broke the new ground, rode the big waves. He was recognised as the founder of surfing in Europe and France and also in Peru,” he said.

Friends are also planning a ‘paddle out’ to scatter the ashes at a future date.