"You’ve been a beacon of truth, light, knowledge, and determination for all of your surfing brothers"
- Kelly Slater
Said Kelly Slater on Instagram on the evening of Dorian Paskowitz’s passing in 2014: “Blessings to you, Dorian #DocPaskowitz. You’ve been a beacon of truth, light, knowledge, and determination for all of your surfing brothers…He was passionate about diet and exercise but his biggest wish was to see peace in Gaza between Israel and Palestine and always believed that those who could surf together, could live together peacefully. He told me that if they would ‘pave the streets of Palestine in gold’ there would be peace between the people. He personally donated surfboards over the Israeli border to give to his Palestinian surfing brethren as a sign of respect and acknowledgment. Maybe one day his true dream will be realized. I’ll miss this crazy, old man who helped raise my little brother and teach me about the ways of the world. Condolences and love to his wife and 9 children. #Surfing4Peace #SurfersHealing #PaskowitzFamily”
Said Art Brewer about this portrait he shot of Dorian Paskowitz in 2006: “This is a funny one. There was this gal who had written an article to go in AARP, and Dorian had mentioned my name to them, so they flew me over to Hawaii and I went out and shot him surfing at Waikiki. Later that afternoon we were taking pictures right in front of Ala Wai and he leaned over and I got this shot. I did some other ones of him and his wife, but this one has so much power to it. He was such a good friend over the years. I got to know him when I was working at Surfer. He’d come in with the whole family. He was such a force. Dorian always had his words of wisdom.”
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---Jamie Brisick is a writer, photographer, and director. He surfed on the ASP world tour from 1986 to 1991. He has since documented surf culture extensively. His books include Becoming Westerly: Surf Champion Peter Drouyn’s Transformation into Westerly Windina, Roman & Williams: Things We Made, We Approach Our Martinis With Such High Expectations, Have Board, Will Travel: The Definitive History of Surf, Skate, and Snow, and The Eighties at Echo Beach. His writings and photographs have appeared in The Surfer’s Journal, The New York Times, and The Guardian. He was the editor of Surfing magazine from 1998-2000, and is presently the global editor of Huck. In 2008 he was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship. He lives in Los Angeles. For more of his work check out jamiebrisick.com & @jamiebrisick