|With flowers and a surfboard.....|
|......into the water|
When Marilyn died of cancer recently it was as if they had all lost a mother.
So, on a recent chilly Thursday morning they paid their tributes to her at an unusual but sincere surfing memorial ceremony in the tiny beach town of Cayucos.
More than a dozen surfers, led by Marilyn's son Christian, who had flown in from Hawaii for the event, jumped 30 feet into the sea from the rickety Cayucos pier, clutching their surfboards and bunches of flowers.
Marilyn's daughter-in-law Nikki, who, with her husband had grown up on the Central Coast before moving to the Big Island, handed out flowers and took photographs of the ceremony-in-the-sea.
She and Christian will be returning next month for a more formal memorial service to be held in Santa Barbara, which more than 300 surfers are expected to attend.