Remember Colin

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It's amazing how connected we all are as surfers. Every time there's a tragic, untimely death of one of our own, we're reminded of it. Colin Wagschal was one of those surfers. North County San Diego fixture since moving here from Florida at age 11. A stellar amateur career right on the heels of fellow Seaside local Rob Machado. A tireless dedication to the best waves from Northern {{{Baja}}} to Oceanside. Solid competitor in the No Fear Koastal Kaos Pro-Am Series. And someone who regularly gave back the gift of waveriding to an ever-growing list of surf-stoked kids. When the 32-year-old Wagschal died in a solo car accident late last Monday, it wasn't only his close friends and family who felt the pain; it was the entire surfing community. That was clear on Friday afternoon as more than 500 loved ones and friends turned up at Seaside to give him a proper send-off. From his brother in law Steve Sherman to No Fear's Britt Galland to best friend Tyson Montrucio to the squadron of Seaside groms who looked up to him, everyone was there, basking in the fading spring sun and sheet glass conditions. "Colin was the most positive and surf-stoked person I've ever known," said Sherman. "From age 11 to the day he died, Colin lived a life dedicated to the ocean."Wagschal certainly must have felt the surfing community's appreciation as the massive ceremonial paddle-out circle – at least {{{200}}} surfers strong – was probably visible from outer space. Chants of "Wagside Reef" belted out as his ashes made his signature frontside hack at the reef permanent. After the send-off at Seaside, a group of Colin's good friends gathered a T's Caf for a proper kegger. One of his friends brought out a crisp, brand-new board Colin had just received last Monday – a board he had been freaking to ride. The entire crew signed the board and later hung it up at the Tidewater, another one of Colin's favorite haunts. That's what happens when someone so enmeshed with the area passes on. Even when he's gone, his presence will always be felt. Next time you paddle out at Seaside or swing by the Tidewater, be sure to pay your respects.