Makorori farewells Bob Hansen

Two hundred surfers pay respects to Gisborne surfing legend.

Two hundred surfers pay respects to Gisborne surfing legend.

FAREWELL TO A GISBORNE SURFING LEGEND: Following a week of unsettled waves and weather, Saturday dawned with sunshine, light wind and perfect waves at north Makorori Beach. Conditions made for a special tribute to the late Bob Hansen, who died of cancer last week. Picture by Liam Clayton
Holly and Bobby Hansen.
View from the air of Bob Hansen paddle out.
Surfers assemble before the paddle-out.
Surfers take to the water.

ABOUT 200 members of the Gisborne surfing community, young and old, professionals and amateurs, joined the paddle-out to farewell the “Sheriff of Makorori”, and pay tribute to his family.

The ceremony began with a karakia on the beach by Gisborne surfing kaumatua Ian ‘Moti’ Proctor, before the group paddled through the waves and joined hands to form a floating tribute circle out the back.

After karakia, waiata and a moment’s silence the group burst into cheers, splashing the ocean and each other, farewelling one of Gisborne surfing’s liveliest characters.

Mr Hansen’s contributions to surfing include coaching the New Zealand junior surfing team to a world title in 2002, when Jay Quinn won the under-18 division, and his son Bobby came second in the u-16 division.

Mr Hansen was honoured with a Gisborne Boardriders Club life membership in 2015. He was also a highly-regarded teacher, teaching at Gisborne Intermediate School and Gisborne Boy’s High School, where his funeral last week drew more than 700 people.

ABOUT 200 members of the Gisborne surfing community, young and old, professionals and amateurs, joined the paddle-out to farewell the “Sheriff of Makorori”, and pay tribute to his family.

The ceremony began with a karakia on the beach by Gisborne surfing kaumatua Ian ‘Moti’ Proctor, before the group paddled through the waves and joined hands to form a floating tribute circle out the back.

After karakia, waiata and a moment’s silence the group burst into cheers, splashing the ocean and each other, farewelling one of Gisborne surfing’s liveliest characters.

Mr Hansen’s contributions to surfing include coaching the New Zealand junior surfing team to a world title in 2002, when Jay Quinn won the under-18 division, and his son Bobby came second in the u-16 division.

Mr Hansen was honoured with a Gisborne Boardriders Club life membership in 2015. He was also a highly-regarded teacher, teaching at Gisborne Intermediate School and Gisborne Boy’s High School, where his funeral last week drew more than 700 people.

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