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Iconic surfer Chris Brown, died at age 48 in Santa Barbara, California, for reasons that are still unknown at this time.
Born in Los Angeles, Brown moved very early to Santa Barbara, where he began to surf at the age of 10, becoming the junior ISA champion in 1988. His smooth and gentle style was compared to the three-time world champion, Tom Curren , and led him to qualify for the CT in 1988, becoming the debutante of the year in that season. At its best in the mid-90s, Brown became one of Kelly Slater’s most keen rivals (Slater beat Brown at Lowers in 1990 at Body Glove Surfabout), as seen in the legendary documentary “Kelly Slater Black & White”
After his pro career ended, Brown became a fisherman in the Santa Barbara area, still tearing apart Rincon whenever it broke.