The surfing world is mourning the news of the passing of Hawaiian surfing legend Marvin Foster. Foster was 48, and was reportedly found dead on Oahu. Word of Foster’s death began circulating late yesterday. Although the events surrounding his passing are presently unconfirmed, it’s clear that the surfing world lost one of its great athletes yesterday. Our hearts are with his friends and family.
Update: The Star-Bulletin released the following information on Foster’s death this afternoon:
Foster, 49, died from asphyxia due to hanging earlier this week, according to the city Department of the Medical Examiner. The manner of his death was classified as a suicide.
His body reportedly was found Tuesday on Oahu.
The surfing community is mourning the loss of “Carvin’ Marvin,” who made his mark on the sport in the 1980s.
Surfer Rusty Keaulana, who grew up with Foster, said this morning, “I’m still bummed about it. He was like my brother.”
Keaulana described Foster as a fearless “goofy-foot” surfer who was the first to go left at Waimea Bay.
“He’s an awesome surfer,” he said.