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Legendary Waterman Harold “Iggy” Ige Dies at the Age of 71

The legendary surfer and shaper Harold “Iggy” Ige, one of the icons of water sports has died at the age of 71 on January the 4th. He died due to a presumed heart attack while testing some of the newest SUP prototypes together with his friend and colleague Randy Naish.

Harold “Iggy” Ige was one of the best board crafters in the world and has managed to take board shaping to the level of pure art. He once said that shaping boards was the only job he has ever done and it is everything for him.

Harold began his surfing journey since the fourth grade when he was living in Oahu and he started working in this industry back in the 60’s, as he moved to Southern California.

He worked with Dewey Weber for a few years and then, in 1979, he started working with Rick and Robbie Naish and established the Naish brand. He also helped Naish become one of the leading brands in water sports industry.

We are all sorry to have lost such a visionary man and we are sure that he will be remembered as one of the greatest watermen ever.

Randy Naish shared the news about the tragic loss of “Iggy” on his Facebook page:

“Bad day!
Harold Ige, shaper, friend, and mentor, died in my arms today.
We were testing new 18-foot sup prototypes. Everything was fine. Harold took a good one. Rode it a couple hundred yards. I was about 50 yards behind, when I watched him collapse into the water. I got there as fast as I could. He’d been under one or maybe two minutes. Time gets funny when one is put in this position. A passing kayak instructor helped out, had a phone on him and called 911.Kai Santos (good old friend and waterman) saw the pilikia and swam out with fins and together we tried to resuscitate Harold, we were towed in by an instructor from Kailua sailboards and kayaks( Thanks Leo!) and a C&C lifeguard.
Response time from Honolulu C&C was super. When we got to the beach, the ambulance was pulling in. When I saw Harold go under, I knew something was up. Very unlike Harold. When he didn’t come up after a few seconds, I knew something was bad. We fought hard all the way to the beach to bring him back.
Called out to Harold, God, and anyone else who may have been listening to help us. I’ve never felt so helpless!
I did all I could. WE, did all we could. I’m sorry. I’ll never forget this day even if I want to. The surfing world lost an icon, a legend, and a friend to many, a husband, a father, a grandfather, and a mentor.
Love you uncle Harold.
Randy Naish”