LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
To the Editor,
We are all mourning the loss of this beloved, larger-than-life icon. Although I have not kept in touch with him much over the last 10 years, I felt the need to share these words
about someone who helped mold my passion for the island.
I met Dave growing up and surfing in Green Hill in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Having only visited the island a few times at this point, Dave invited me to surf the island
with him. Little did I know that his sharing his local knowledge of the island and divulging all the “secret spots” would parlay into a lifelong relationship with work and play on the
island. In the days before Google Maps and the internet, this would have taken me forever and a lot of wrong turns into the wrong driveways. Thanks Dave for sharing this info... it is not common practice in today’s surfing world.
On 9/11, while our world was crumbling to pieces, Dave, myself, and a handful of others were probably the last people in the U.S. to learn of what happened because we were
enjoying the biggest surf I have ever seen on the East Coast from Hurricane Erin on the island. My lasting image of Dave will always be watching the biggest surfer I know catch the biggest wave of the day and seeing an ominous wall of water twice his height above him while I prayed that I was not going to get annihilated while paddling over it.
Being in the land surveying/environmental profession on the island, I am constantly telling myself, “The view just doesn’t get any better than this.” I get to see properties and scenery that very few do. That is the best part of my job and is a big reason why I do it. Thanks, Dave for helping inspire that passion.
You will be sorely missed.