John Montgomery Lind, 1913-2010

My father died just before 2 a.m. this morning. He was within sight of his 97th birthday, which would have rolled around December 7.

My sister, Bonnie, got the news to the web early this morning on her blog.

We spent yesterday at his bedside after his condition worsened, but gave up the vigil by early evening. He was not expected to live through the afternoon, but did. Even at the end, he displayed surprising strength, although by now it was a burden and not a blessing.

He made quite a mark in the world of Hawaii ocean sports after arriving in the islands in 1939. He was a founder of the Hawaii Surfing Association, a founder and first president of the Waikiki Surf Club, and a founder of the Makaka Surfing Championships. He headed the Waikiki Surf Club through most of its first decade. He believed in amateur sports, and I don’t think he ever warmed to the idea of surfing becoming a professional enterprise.

I quickly grabbed a few photos that I think he would enjoy seeing again. That’s him surfing in Long Beach, California, in 1938, when he spearheaded organizing of the First National Surfing Championship at a surf spot later wiped out by construction of the Long Beach breakwater. His board had been built by the father of his close friend, Myron Brejcha, who was a Long Beach city official.

The middle photo was a Christmas card sent out by my parents around 1940. They’re walking on Kahala Beach with my mother’s dog, Kiki.

The bottom photo was taken on the beach in Waikiki, early 1950s.

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71 responses to “John Montgomery Lind, 1913-2010

  1. Ian. I feel like I know your father as well as I know you. Thank you for amplifying his life and accomplishments and achievements on your blog. You are blessed to have had him in your life so long. He’s undoubtedly up there with Duke riding a Long Board and he is at peace.

  2. What an incredible guy! And you did an incredible job sharing him with us. As Ragnar said, take care of yourself in the coming days and weeks. If you are like most, you will find yourself affected in ways that you had not anticipated. Love, support, and patience from your Meda will help you get thru the rough spots.

  3. Ian, sorry for your loss. Let the ocean bring peace to all of you.

  4. Ian, the ocean will soothe the memories and struggles; the observations and this stage your father’s life. Thank you for sharing him with us.
    Peace to him, and your family. Lora

  5. Ian I have enjoyed and cried along with your readers as you chronicled your dad’s last year… You are a good son. Remember that and remember your dad lives in you. He is a part of you.

  6. I’m late on this, but my sincerest condolences Ian, my prayers are with you and your family. Mahalo for sharing his life with us.

  7. It was a wonderful life! Mahalo, Ian, for sharing John’s with all of us. My condolences to you and your family.

  8. Arlina Agbayani

    My deepest sympathies for your loss. May your dad rest in peace.

  9. My condolences to you and your family for their loss. Would that we could all have the courage to chase their dreams and live life to the fullest as your father did.

  10. Ian,

    Condolences to you and your family, and gratitude to you for sharing a small portion of your father’s life with us. You’ve used your gift of writing to celebrate your father, and we’re all grateful.

    Aloha pumehana,
    Ikaika

  11. Gladys Berinobis

    Ian, my son Lindsay Kane,who passed in 2008, fished with your father and worked on the NADU-K .He admired and respected your father for the wonderful person that he was. My condolences to you and your familhy and may he rest in peace.

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