Wayne Deane on Kirra Beach.
Wayne Deane on Kirra Beach.

Wayne Deane: Paddle out, tribute announced

THE family of Gold Coast surfing great Wayne Deane have announced details of a paddle out and celebration of the revered Coolangatta waterman's life.

A former world longboard champion and fearless big wave rider, the smooth-riding regular foot surfer and shaper known as Wayne 'The Evergreen' Deane passed away on July 27 aged 66 after battling stomach cancer.

Wayne Deane on Kirra Beach.
Wayne Deane on Kirra Beach.


His wife Colleen and the couple's three sons,, will hold a celebration of his life on Friday, August 10 at 8am at the Kirra Hill Community Centre.

Wayne Deane lead the fight to stop indiscriminate sand pumping from the mouth of the Tweed River to save Kirra Point.
Wayne Deane lead the fight to stop indiscriminate sand pumping from the mouth of the Tweed River to save Kirra Point.

A paddle out will follow at Kirra Point, after which is everyone is invited to Rainbow Bay Surf Club.

A master surfboard shaper, Deane was a former president and lifelong member of Snapper Rocks Surfriders - the club that has produced world champions including his close mate Wayne 'Rabbit' Bartholomew, Joel Parkinson and Stephanie Gilmore.

Former world longboard champion and smooth-riding regular foot surfer and shaper Wayne Deane.
Former world longboard champion and smooth-riding regular foot surfer and shaper Wayne Deane.


Deane's wife Colleen was also a champion longboarder while one of the couple's three sons, Noa, is a freestyle surf star.

A carpenter by trade, Deane began surfing in 1960 and was part of the 'shortboard revolution' that turned the sport on its head in the mid 1960s.


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