ESPN’s Jake Howard reported some sad news last night. NorCal big-wave charger and videographer Noel Robinson died yesterday, May 7, 2010 while surfing in Puerto Escondido, Mexico.
. . . this afternoon I received the tragic news that “Nor Cal” Noel lost his life today while out surfing Puerto Escondido in Mexico. Reportedly he pulled into a six-footer — a relatively benign wave by Puerto standards — and for whatever reason never resurfaced. His body was found an hour later by lifeguards and friends.
Robinson, who has a long and storied past in surfing, was most recently recognized for shooting Grant “Twiggy” Baker’s XXL-winning video.
One of the most difficult tasks a writer ever tackles is a story about the death of a friend, but Jake Howard’s heartfelt piece eloquently communicates both Noel’s place in surfing and the feelings of loss felt by everyone who knew him. Noel will be greatly missed. Our thoughts are with Noel’s family and friends.