Brock Little is a fighter.

Brock Little is a fighter. Photo: Instagram/Brock Little


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Today, the world lost a legend. 

Brock Little, professional surfer and stuntman from Haleiwa passed away on Thursday afternoon at his home in Hawaii at just 48 years old. The sad news comes just one month after Brock took to Instagram to publicly announce his diagnosis.

“I have cancer,” Little posted. “It sucks, but I’m taking chemo. You do what you can. Can’t believe the person in that picture is me.”

Brock was a respected member of the North Shore community and his accomplishments symbolized his true love for the ocean and surfing. In 1986, at just 19 years old, Little finished an impressive fourth in the Eddie event, solidifying his spot as one of the most fearless surfers on the North Shore. In 1990, he finished runner up in some of the biggest conditions Waimea Bay had ever seen. Above all, Brock was a person who radiated the loving aloha spirit. He will be sorely missed.

Friends and family took to Instagram to show their respect for the late, great Brock Little:

“My brother, my hero, the one I looked up to all my life, passed away today,” brother Clark wrote. “Love you Brock.”

“@brock.little…larger than life to me,” wrote Kelly Slater. “The world I know will never be the same. I love you, man. Thank you. Brock passed quietly amongst friends and family just a short time ago.”

“Just heard the news of the passing of @brock.little,” wrote Mick Fanning. “I had a great chat with him just last week over the phone about life and all the things we go through. Brock was straight down the line with everything and very honest. A trait that I respected and admire. On top of that Brock was fearless in the water and inspired so many of the worlds surfers. Love light and prayers to the Little Ohana.”




  • tum kritcher

    what kind of cancer? did he seek treatment early or ignore symptoms?

    RIP Brock.

    • Nelson Lepard

      He had liver cancer, he was experiencing some side pain but just hacked it up to Dirt biking and doing stunt work. It wasn’t until he suffered some nausea and had trouble keeping food down that he got checked out. They found the cancer right away and immediately started chemo.

      • tum kritcher

        hmm did he have hepatitis C? he was not a heavy drinker was he ?
        usually liver cancer is preceded by liver damage from booze or hep c or both..

        my guess is he may have lacerated his liver in a fall which caused the damage and then opened the door for the cancer and hep c perhaps..

        • Nelson Lepard

          Out of respect I’m not going to discuss further on a public forum, I will say this there was no Hepatitis C and Brock did attempt to treat with Chemo.

        • Jay

          Mind your own business how classless to ask such invasive questions to someone who just lost a loved one. Show some respect.

          • tum kritcher

            just wondering if he had hepatitis..which is usually a precurser to liver cancer. I mean no disrespect to the family- I saw him in the lineup a couple of times in Hawaii and he always looked pretty fit and was a great surfer. fearless. sometimes travelling surfers get into contaminated water…and I thought maybe there was something that triggered his illness. I have lost 2 sisters to cancer. its a horrible disease..but education may help prevent others from contracting it. no offense intended.

  • http://www.surfsection.com/ SurfSection.com

    Very Sad. Another Lost Hero… Lost Legend, but always remembered.

  • OCD TEE

    Do you really need to show that photo? Why don’t you use one of Brock as we all remember him, in his prime. Geez guys, really bad form.

    • Zac.k

      Why do we have to hide what is real? The video shows him in his prime…

    • Nelson Lepard

      You know I knew Brock personally and that is who he is. He stared down this disease and death with more bravery than I could ever hope. Brock cruised around with no shirt on just as he would’ve normally. Brock was a fighter, a man’s man. No picture could possibly define all that he was and still is to many of us

    • Jay

      Why is it bad form to show the truth and want cancer does to a person. Why are you afraid to see a person fighting for their life. Get your head out of the sand. 11.8 people die of cancer every minute. People need to see the truth.

  • Nelson Lepard

    You know I knew Brock personally and that is who he is. He stared down this disease and death with more bravery than I could ever hope. Brock cruised around with no shirt on just as he would’ve normally. Brock was a fighter, a man’s man. No picture could possibly define all that he was and still is to many of us.

  • David Federico

    Love and light to the Little family Brock is always in our hearts. Legends never die

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