The Life And Deaths Of Allan Byrne

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Even in the heyday of the accomplished surfer-shaper—when Mark Richards, Terry Fitz, and Reno Abellira stacked the heat sheets—New Zealand’s Allan Byrne stood apart. We had been gathering photos and looking for the right issue for deployment when we heard Allan had passed. He lived an adventurous and accomplished life, and easily fueled a full-throated feature. His corporeal absence makes this article all the more resonant, and there’s not a surfer alive who hasn’t done a lustful double-take when taking the measure of one of Allan’s wicked channel bottoms. Read and learn, as we did.