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Memorial service, paddle out planned for former pro-surfer Chris Brown

Posted at 8:15 AM, Jan 24, 2019

A memorial service and paddle out has been set for next month to remember the life of former pro-surfer Chris ‘Brownie’ Brown.

The 48-year-old’s body was found over the weekend about a mile from Hendry’s Beach, according to the Santa Barbara Police Department.

The memorial service will take place Feb. 16 at 10 a.m. at Calvary Chapel of Santa Barbara, 1 N Calle Cesar Chavez, Ste. 21. Following the service, a paddle-out will take place at the end of the sandspit in the Santa Barbara Harbor.

Friends say Brown was a talented surfer with a personality that outshined his skills on the water.

His pro-surfing career peaked in the early 90s, competing at the highest level, even having a signature move.

After his professional career, Brown became a sea urchin fisherman in Santa Barbara. He reportedly leaves behind a daughter.

The cause of death has not yet been released.

Photo courtesy Mike Jones