He influenced many Hawaiian Surfboard Shapers with his skills and was well liked in the community. On March 28, 2023 Peter Trombly passed away. Peter was my former neighbor in Hawaii on Sunset Beach. Back in the day he shaped boards for his dear friend Eddie Aikau, he shaped the legendary white board in the incredible shot of Eddie Aikau surfing Sunset Beach in 1975, taken by Surf Photography Pioneer Dan Merkel; the shot that I use for my compositions in the Hawaiian Legend Series. As a known shaper in the early 80s, Peter also worked for German Surfing World Champion Jürgen Hönscheid on the island of Sylt, in the north of Germany.
Peter was the one who introduced me to Clyde Aikau and the Aikau Ohana when I just moved from Pupukea on Oak in 2005 and then in 20010 to into the Sunset Beach neighborhood, and he saw me working outdoors on my Eddie artwork. In 2011, when I exhibited my artwork at the Kahala Hotel and Resort on Oahu, Peter, graciously offered to play guitar at my opening.
I am so very sad, he was such a wonderful person and such an honest soul. I will miss you Peter. Rest in peace, my friend. Aloha Oe.
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Photo: December 11, 2011, Oahu