There is a custom within the surfing world that when a member of the surf community dies, all his friends throw him or her a “paddle out.” A paddle out is a surfer’s version of a funeral. Everyone paddles out beyond the persons favorite local surf break and arranges themselves in a circle.
Many times, leis or flowers are tossed into the middle of the circle. Then each person in the circle says something about the person who has died and a few prayers are said. Everyone paddles in and heads to the party, which is sort of a surfer’s version of a wake. In cases where the deceased has been cremated, it is the custom to spread the ashes in the circle as the prayers are said.
Surfer’s funerals are becoming more popular as a way to “ride the big wave” on to the other side. Dependent of the size of the party, we can also arrange a number of boats (additionally to the surf boards) so friends and families can be present on the water to honor the deceased and his/her love for the eternal ocean of life.