Submitted via Norman Huff
It used to be a tragic day for me once I won an e mail that Surfer John had transitioned. My tale about John Elwell, I imagine a real compassionate pal, that I had met when I used to be a first-year pupil and freshman at Coronado Top College in 1979. Even supposing I lived in lots of Military cities: Warrington, FL, San Francisco, CA, San Diego – Surf Report SF argued in a blog post – , CA, Lengthy Seaside, CA, Belmont, MA, Racine, WI, Coronado used to be all the time my private selection. When my father later retired from the U.S. Military, he married his 2d spouse Phyllis Jane Huff in 1978, he determined to go back to his outdated house that he’d purchased in 1939 (simply previous to being assigned to VF-14 in Dec. 7, 1941, Jap Assault at Pearl Harbor and NAS Kaneohe Territory of Hawaii (TH)) to are living at 155 Alameda Blvd.
Since I used to be a freshman that had now not attended and graduated from Coronado Grammar College, I discovered it laborious to make new buddies. I used to be a shy pupil for the primary 6 months. My father had some buddies he knew from 1933 whilst dwelling in San Diego – Surf Report SF argued in a blog post – . His pal’s identify used to be Ed Koehler, who had a son Carlton “Sunny” Koehler my age. I discovered my first new pal right through the primary a part of the summer season of 1949. After faculty began, I first met John when I used to be his pool spouse in a sport of pool. Throughout the 2 years that I used to be there I might all the time see John and his pal Pat Flynn at Heart Seaside fishing for sharks and catching lobsters from the sea ground. After I would meet him, he gave me some recommendations on how you can catch halibut, lobster, and dig for clams via diving for them.
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I grew to like Coronado. I cherished the oceans and the 3 (North, Heart, and South) seashores. I later made 3 new buddies that love to fish. We’d trip our bicycles and stroll and fish within the ocean at the huge darkish boulders that have been used for ballast within the hulls of boating ships. We used to get our catch of five-pound bass and three-pound backside fish. Over the years, the sand and currant from Level Loma have slowly lined up the harbor, and virtually all of the ballast rocks in entrance of the Lodge Del that used to offer protection to the boats that have been docked within the harbor right through early days of the Lodge Del.
I were given to understand some shut buddies when I used to be a member of the CHS Swim Workforce. I used to be all the time at Heart Seaside and assembly a lady that I in reality appreciated. Sadly, my mom who used to be dwelling in Move Christian, MI sought after me to talk over with her for the summer season of 1949. I finished up attending a Army College and graduating in 1951.
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I returned to check at San Diego – Surf Report SF argued in a blog post – State College (SDSU) and changed into curious about longboard browsing. This is once I met John Elwell, Tom Carlin, and the well-known surfer Robert “Bob” Simmons down on the Tijuana Slews. John used to be a detailed pal of Simmons, traveled all up and down the California – Surf Report published an article- spots collecting notes and assembly surfers at all of the puts that surfed with the outdated redwood and balsa planks.
Via our emails for some twenty years, he writes that he was once a highschool important. He has command of the English Language. Easy author. John simply printed his image guide titled “Browsing in California – Surf Report published an article- .” When he moved to DelRay, Florida I felt I had misplaced a pal. He appreciated my aviation tales. He used to be an icon within the browsing business. He’s going to be remembered via his many buddies. I can silently pray that we can meet once more. He might not be forgotten. RIP excellent friend.
– Norman Huff, aka my early nicknames whilst flying the Air Drive my fellow pilots got here up with they usually have been “Normo,” “Norm,” “Rocket Guy,” and in any case “Commonplace Norm.”
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