Woody Brown-Pilot, Surfer, Sailor

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Early big wave surfing pioneer Woody Brown has a brave heart which has seen epic feats of courage, breaking world records in a glider airplane and being one of the world’s first individuals to surf big Sunset Beach in the early 1940s. The infamous death of Dickie Cross at Waimea Bay in 1943 was a frightening experience that Woody experienced first hand; he eventually overcame the fear of big waves that ensued after Dickie’s death, and continued to surf the big waves of Oahu’s North Shore with crude equipment.