Six months before Johannes Erben’s death, he watched a movie about surfers from Hawaii. An avid surfer and snowboarder himself, he was touched by one scene in particular: a paddle-out memorial for a surfer in Maui. He told his mother about it and said he hoped someone would do that for him someday.
When Johannes tragically died in a snowboarding accident soon thereafter, his mother knew what she had to do.
Photo courtesy of March Chambers (@mauimarcc).
See Johannes Erben’s memorial paddle-out at Hookipa Beach, below.