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.”