Hawaiian Surf Legend Marvin Foster Passes Away
May 19 201035 comments
Marvin Foster at Pipeline; a break he ruled throughout the 80s.
According to a post on Sunny Garciaâ€™s Facebook page, Hawaiian surfing legend Marvin Foster has passed away. Foster was known as one of the heaviest chargers ever at places like Pipeline and Backdoorâ€”where he originated the popular â€śpig dogâ€ť backside tube riding technique. Marvin was also famous for being the first guy to go left at Waimea Bay, a feat rarely attempted until Mark Healey did so during the 2009 Quiksilver In Memory Of Eddie Aikau. Healey claimed afterward that he â€śdid it for Uncle Marvin.â€ť
My personal connection with Marvin Foster was short, but I did meet him once when I was a substitute teacher at Waialua High School on the North Shore of Oahu. His stepdaughter was in the class I was teaching, and one day after school he came racing up on an enduro-style motorcycle to pick her up, and gave me a quick shaka and â€śThanks, eh?â€ť before racing off. I was so psyched to get a shaka from Marvinâ€”he was one of the few surfers that I had posters of hanging on my wall as a grom.
Both respected and feared by his fellow surfers, Marvin Foster epitomized the juxtaposition of territorial yet aloha-filled Hawaiian surfers of his day. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Marvin Foster, may he rest in peace.