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Fri, 14 May 2010

The Cape Town surfing community is in deep mourning at the death of one of South Africa's foremost tow surf pioneers, Pierre du Plessis, who passed away early today.

Memorial Service: Wednesday 19 May, 14h00, Kommetjie Christian Church, Lighthouse Rd. Paddle-out Long Beach 16h00.Please come and pay your respects to one of our best loved surfing sons.

Pierre is believed to have had a heart attack at the gym, where he was found this morning. Fellow surfers say that Pierre was the "kindest, most approachable guy with a gentle soul". He will be sorely missed. 

"It is deeply saddening news. Pierre was a stalwart of the surfing community, a fantastic guy with a huge heart. Condolenscenses to his family and friends," said Spike from Wavescape.

Long-time tow partner and close friend for many years Glenn Bee and Du Plessis, along with another good friend Nico Johnson, pioneered tow surfing at Sunset reef using a rubber duck and seven foot six guns in the 1980s.

"What is especially heart-wrenching is that Pierre was at Glenn's side all the way through his recovery from that terrible cycling accident (a drunk motorists slammed into Glenn and a friend while they were cycling, killing the friend, Brian Crabb, instantly)," Spike said.

Pierre, who was known to have had some heart problems in the past, scored cranking 8 foot surf at his beloved Black Rocks on Monday (see attached photos by Simone Robb), a spot far away from Cape Town.

He was an integral part of the evolution of the Red Bull Big Wave Surfing event, and a key member of the safety crews, who included Glenn, Nico, Ross Lindsay, and Greg Bertish among others, including US-based water safety expert Shawn Alladio, who flew to SA over several events to assist in the development of a world class safety system.



Michael W
+1 #21 Michael W 2010-05-25 12:53
Pierre was a giant among men, a driver of big wave surfing in South Africa, friend to many, Dad and husband without comparison, and above all a follower of Jesus

Sincerity was his way of life - simple, straightforward and friend to all. As I listened to all the tributes for him at his memorial service, I was deeply moved by the passion and compassion with which he lived. A man for all seasons is perhaps an appropriate title.

Although we did not see much of each other, when we did it was always good - I will miss you Bru!

Our heartfelt sympathies to Angie, Logan, Skye, his Dad and Mom, and sister.

May God's strength be your strength and may memories of Pierre's life continue to lift and encourage you always!

Bless you all.

Love from Michael & Nicoline and Family
kathy harrison
+1 #20 kathy harrison 2010-05-20 21:36
The memorial service was such a challenge to all present to live life to the full and for God as Pierre did! The paddle-out by the surfers was so beautiful too. To God be the glory for a life well lived!
Andrew Busse
0 #19 Andrew Busse 2010-05-19 10:58
Thinking of you today Angie. An inspiration to us all, we will miss him terribly.
Lisa & Alan Smith
+1 #18 Lisa & Alan Smith 2010-05-18 23:34
Angie, we're so, so sorry to hear about Pierre. Our sincere condolences to you and your family. Glad to hear he had a good last sesh in that good run of swell the Cape's had lately. May God comfort you during this difficult time, and be with you always. Lisa & Alan (Lizanne & Tony's surfing friends from Durban, ex-CT).
Gavin and Tracy Gold
+1 #17 Gavin and Tracy Gold 2010-05-18 21:36
Words cannot even begin to express our sadness. Pierre was not just a great surfing inspiration to Gavin, but a great friend to both of us. I can't believe there won't be more dinners filled with great food and laughs that make our cheeks ache! Pierre will always be remembered in our hearts.
Love Gavin and Tracy Gold.
Simon Lowe
+1 #16 Simon Lowe 2010-05-18 13:32
Pierre u taught us all a lot, where some of us rattled and rolled you remained steadfast in your approach to sucessfully overcoming situations in the right way.
Thanks for making so much possible for all of us and for teaching us how to ride really big waves. I will wear the shirt with pride.Miss u
Gary van Rooyen
+1 #15 Gary van Rooyen 2010-05-17 17:29
?There is a deeper and more important way of remembering! The memory of a past that has written itself on you, in your character, in your life ? that you bring that character to bear. Often they are memories of which you are unaware or not even conscious of, but they make you who you are. They are exhibited in the decisions you make, the actions you take and the life that you live.
The most important way of remembering someone is by being the person they made us. And more ? THIS is how we honour them.?
Go Well Pierre.

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