Hawaii’s Big Wave Warrior, former world tour #4 performer, and influential shaper, Reno Abellira (71), is reportedly on life support after being attacked at the Ala Moana Beach Park last week.
As of last Sunday, he was still unconscious after being beaten at Ala Moana Beach Park (he’s been battling homelessness, too).
Reno’s life has been wild and full…with ups and downs. But his impact will always remain high as the waves he rode. Our Thoughts and Prayers are with Reno and his family. SNN
Front page: PHOTO: Waimea Bay. Photo courtesy of Dan Merkel.
There is no middle ground. You hear Reno described as arrogant, aloof and intense. He’s all of that, but he’s also a warm and genuine human being with a positively wicked sense of humor and a streak of dementia deep within.
ENCYCLOPEDIA OF SURFING
Matt Warshaw’s 2003 “Encyclopedia of Surfing,”: Abellira began surfing at age 4 in Waikiki, but didn’t get his first board until he was 11 years old.
Abellira won Hawaii state titles in 1970 and 1972, starred in the innovative Expression Sessions of 1970 and 1971 and “beat fellow Hawaiian Jeff Hakman by a fraction of a point” to win the 1974 Smirnoff Pro, “held in cataclysmic 30-foot surf at Waimea Bay,” Warshaw wrote.
For more on Reno go Surfing Walk of Fame HERE
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