Freddie Grosskreutz, the man who the North Shore’s “Freddieland” is named for, has passed away. He was 69 years old.
Freddie left an indelible mark on the sport and was a fixture on the North Shore of Oahu in the ’70s. Born in New Jersey in 1948, Grosskreutz and his family moved to Virginia Beach when he was a child. It was there, in the early ’60s, that he began surfing. In a matter of years, he was one of the best surfers on the East Coast. He was snapped up by a few fledgeling surf companies that would go on to create the mold of surfing we see today, like Hobie Alter and Dewey Weber.
In the days when surfing was really taking hold, Grosskreutz bounced around the world looking for waves. It was in the early 70s, however, when he ended up on the North Shore of Oahu. Living up the beach from V-Land, Freddie often avoided the media hype that was rapidly gaining steam. He surfed one spot nearby so often that it was named for him. “Freddie’s” is a little less intimidating than many of the other waves in the area.
Years later, Grosskreutz ended up working with surfboards in Florida. He bounced around with many of the big names at the time before ending up as the laminator at Quiet Flight. In 2010, at the age of 51, Grosskreutz was diagnosed with carcinoid liver cancer, and after an 18-year battle, he left this world. Our sincerest condolences go out to his wife Susan and his children, Morgan and Tamsin.