Big Turnout for Lyle Johnson’s Paddleout
The surfing community honored one of their own Saturday, Feb. 26, with a “paddle out” in honor of Lyle David Johnson. Greg Cochran, president of the Pedro Point Surf Club, led the memorial with words of accolades of a giving man who was beloved by all. After words of memories the surfers grabbed their boards and in mass headed out through the surf. Once in calmer water they made a circle by clasping hands then raised their hands and shouted Johnson’s name. Finally, the surfers splashed the water and threw flowers into the circle.
Johnson was a founding member of the Pedro Point Surf Club and known by many as “Dr. Lyle” or the “board surgeon” because he repaired broken boards. Many stepped forward to remember what he had done for them at little or no charge. Cochran recounted how he would bring a broken board to Johnson for repair and Johnson asked, “Who is it for?” Cochran said it will be given to a young surfer who can’t afford a board and Johnson said he would repair the board at no charge. Johnson kept no secrets about his favorite surf spots and love to share a good surf experience with all. He was a good friend of the surfers and will be missed by many.
— Jane Northrop