3 pm update Monday 10/30.
Your thoughts and prayers for all the family and friends of Leonard Tom. We’ll post more info asap. Mahalo. SNN.
Leo’s wife and family took him off Life Support Sunday night. His gun not only knocked him out cold, but it broke his neck! (Tracy Yamato)
First update: Leo was transported in critical condition from Oahu’s west side Saturday.
Ocean safety officials said the 64-year-old man was surfing out at Makaha Beach Park around 7:45 a.m when his ‘gun’ evidently knocked him out.
“Luckily” Rusty Keaulana, one of the off-duty lifeguards & John Galera where on the beach when a fellow surfer, struggling, brought him to shore where CPR was administered and they were eventually able to “get a pulse”. Lifeguards were not yet at the beach because they begin at 9 a.m. He was transported to an emergency room.
Mahalo for this close-hand inside report from Big Wave Rider Tracy Yamato….
“Not sure if all of you can see “Leo” Leonard Tom’s post he made at the end of last “Winter” (in the Spring of this year) at Sunset after Leo, Dennis Pang, Scott Shimada, Keith Kai & I had just finished an Epic morning sess there….
The reason why I am re-posting Leo’s post is to show the comradery that us “older” Sunset regulars (Boomer and Gen X’ers) have…even with all of the responsibilities of family, careers, businesses, houses, etc, etc….who only get to surf by juggling all of these “adult” things…It makes us appreciate days and times like this even more than if we could surf any day we wanted to…
I also wanted to let anyone who knows Leo (one of then nicest guys around….one of the late 60’s/early 70’s Radford guys) to notify you of some very SAD NEWS….Leo was knocked unconscious by his gun at Makaha early this am and was not found and recovered for probably at least 5-10 mins (according to John Galera & Clark Abbey who were at Makaha when this unfortunate incident happened)…..Only major CPR on the beach gave him his pulse back…..However, he was unconscious and still remains so at Queens West in an induced coma….HEAVY and really really sad…(Sat 10/28)
AGAIN Thoughts & Prayers to Leo’s wife & family! Appreciate every moment you have with yours…..
and Yes…Do Keep Surfing….
Lastly, This was sent to me from Surfer Joe Teipel once he heard the terrible news.