The WindanSea community recently lost a brother, uncle, and dear friend.
Ted Smith passed away surfing the wave he loved on New Years Eve, 2011. He was with close friends in the water when he had a sudden heart attack. The community came together to celebrate his life with a bonfire at the shack shortly after his passing.
I’ve known Ted since before I can remember, and he was one of the coolest guys ever. He was so stoked and positive. No matter what was going on in life, he wore a smile and looked at the bright side. Everyone was always happy to see him.
Ted surfed really good, always rode a shortboard, and looked for the barrel. One Christmas morning years ago, I watched Ted surf perfect, sunny, glassy WindanSea better than anyone else in the lineup. He got barreled ten times before walking up the beach with a huge smile. That’s one of the many awesome memories I’ll always have of him.
Ted’s spirit will live on at WindanSea forever. Rest in peace my brother.