Big-Wave Surfer Noel Robinson Passes Away


We have the unfortunate news of reporting that big-wave surfer and filmer Noel Robinson passed away surfing in Puerto Escondido this weekend. A friend and inspiration to surfers the world over, the news of Noel’s passing is a somber blow to the surf community. Splitting time between Puerto and Northern California, Noel recently took home an award for filming Twiggy’s Ride of the Year at Mavs. SURFER staff photographer, Todd Glaser, was  a close friend to Noel and had the following to say about his passing.

“My thoughts about Noel and his existence in my life is too great for words. Putting this together is beyond difficult, but I can only try to remember the great- hearted guy who would always be willing to take an adventure on a whim or help someone in need. He always had a smile on his face and was the first one up every morning checking the waves and excited to get tubed. His smile was contagious.

“Noel loved his life, his friends, and his annual pilgramige to Puerto Escondido every summer.  I feel so lucky to have been in the presence of such a great man, we shared some exciting adventures together chasing waves and documenting some amazing rides, both of him riding and side by side when he videod from the land. He was a true legend and a standup guy both in and out of the water, from the first minute I talked to him, to the last time we spoke, which was a day before he left us. Noel is greatly missed, but will never be forgotten.”

Photo: Todd Glaser