Saturday, December 03, 2005

A sad start to the winter season on the North Shore.

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Tragedy struck again at the world’s deadliest surf spot this morning when Tahitian surfer Malik Joyeux was killed at Pipeline on Oahu’s North Shore. Joyeux, 25, a well-liked goofyfoot who recently came to prominence charging the treacherous barrels at Teahupoo, was one of approximately 60 surfers in the lineup on a sunny, six-to eight-foot Friday morning. At approximately 10:30 AM, according to reports from the beach, Joyeux dropped into a thick peak, fell backwards at the bottom and took the full impact of the lip. His broken board popped up soon after, but there was no sight of Joyeux. Sunset lifeguard Guy Pere later reported that Joyeux’s leash had somehow come undone or was torn off in the wipeout.

California’s Greg Long was one of approximately twenty surfers searching for Joyeux when he failed to surface.

“Right after he went down, I was on the Backdoor side of the peak, and there was a three wave set. He had gone on the first wave of the set. Immediately I heard everybody in the lineup shouting, whistling and waving their boards. There were about twenty of us that paddled in right away and tried to find him, but we couldn’t. Eventually half that pack went in and about a dozen guys came running down with swim fins searching for his body. When we found him he was up by Pupukea [approximately 250 yards north of the Pipeline peak]. We put him on a longboard and were just scratching and kicking to get him in. But by that time it had been about fifteen minutes. The lifeguards tried to do some compressions, but it wasn’t working. Then they put him in an ambulance and that was the last I saw him.”

Cause of death has yet to be determined, pending a coroner’s report.

Joyeux, an accomplished all-around waterman and one of Tahiti’s most popular surf stars, was recently featured on SURFER’s 2004 Big Issue Cover and won the 2003 Billabong XXL Tube of the Year.

At noon Hawaiian time, the shocked North Shore surf community formed an impromptu prayer circle on the beach at Pipeline in honor of their fallen Tahitian brother.

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