Association of Surfing Professionals
World Longboard Champion Stuart Entwistle Passes Away
ASP Int´l, Australia (Monday, February 4)
Sadly, the surfing world lost a true character today when 1987 World
Longboard Champion Stuart ´Twiz´ Entwistle (Aus) passed
away in Royal North Shore Hospital, Sydney. The 52 year old had been
fighting skin cancer and associated problems for the past three years,
but after undergoing another operation last Friday, his health continued
to deteriorate and during the early hours this morning, surround by
family members, his struggle came to an end.
When diagnosed with severe Melanoma back in 1999, Entwistle was still
competing actively and even winning tournaments. His last surf, however,
took place in July 2001, while competing in Hawaii for his good friend
China´s Annual Longboard Classic.
A proud local of Manly beach, ´Twiz´ truly became an icon
of the surfing community there. His home break being the venue for the
first official world titles won by Midget Farrelly (Aus) in 1964, and
of course his very own victory in 1987. Since then many more greats
have emerged from Manly, such as 1988 world champ Barton Lynch, 1990
champ Pam Burridge, four time consecutive (1998-01) world champion Layne
Beachley, as well as a host of others, all of whom benefited from the
tremendous support he always offered.
Beyond his illustrious surfing career, he also gave time and energy
so generously to voluntary causes, and helped raise thousands of dollars
for the Starlight ´Make A Wish´ Foundation, and later the
Cancer Council of Australia. All of which was recognized at the highest
level, when in 2001 he was presented the Australia Day Sportsman Citizen
Award, and then on January 26th this year, a little over a week ago,
he was named Australia Day Manly Citizen for 2002. Upon accepting his
last award Entwistle broke down in tears, presumably from a combination
of pride, as well as knowing his impending operation was going to be
his last chance.
World Championship Tour (WCT) surfer Richie Lovett (Aus), a close friend
and fellow Manly beach resident, visited ´Twiz´ last night
in Hospital, only hours before receiving the news. Understandably shaken
by the loss, he joined family and friends today at the Entwistle home
to share stories of their mate, and help comfort each other.
"This is a huge loss to the surfing world, as well as the local
surfing community," said Lovett. "He was such a massive icon
to Manly and the local area. ´Twiz´ was a huge influence
on me when I was growing up. He´ll be greatly missed, but his
spirit will ride on with us forever."
2000 World Longboard Champion Beau Young (Aus), who grew up watching
his father Nat Young compete against Entwistle for event and world titles,
was also saddened today. Following the recent losses of other significant
surfing figures around the world, such as legendary Californian Miki
Dora, big wave maestro Jay Moriarity (USA), and South African pioneer
John Whitmore, Entwistle´s passing creates more of a void in the
legacy they were a part of.
"He always seemed really happy and carried that surfing spirit,"
said Young. "He really loved all aspects of surfing and was always
smiling, enthusiastic about life and living for the moment.
"It´s a sad day for the Australian surfing community when
we lose someone like ´Twiz´," he continued. "Hopefully
people can go out and catch a wave to remember him, as well as Dora,
Jay, and John Whitmore. It´s really important for everyone to
appreciate what they all did for surfing. It´s a sad thing they´re
Entwistle is survived by his wife Debbie and their son Jack. A funeral
will take place this coming Friday at St. Mathews Church on Manly Corso,
at 11am, for those who can attend.
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