Allan Byrne, the legendary surfer and shaper, passed away last night while on life support in a hospital in Bali. He was 62 years old.
Last weekend, Byrne crashed his motorcycle riding home from the Rip Curl Cup at Padang Padang. Byrne was found conscious early Saturday morning and taken to Jimbaran hospital, where he was admitted with a broken arm then diagnosed with a fractured skull and bleeding on the brain. His wife Jayne and their three sons flew to Bali to be by his side.
Originally from New Zealand, Byrne began surfing in 1960 at the age of 10 and began shaping at 18. He moved to the Gold Coast of Australia in 1977, where he founded his Byrning Spears label. Credited for popularizing the six-channel bottom and adapting it to tri-fins, Byrne shaped for surfers like Rabbit and Gary Elkerton, among countless others. Three decades later, Byrning Spears continues to operate on the Gold Coast, where Byrne and his son Jamie shaped. His boards are commonplace around the world, particularly in the fast, hollow pointbreaks of Indonesia that best suit his revered channel bottom designs.