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ASB MAGAZINE: Surfing NSW released the following statement via social media, following the sad news that former General Manager of Partnerships for Surfing NSW, John Shimooka passed away in the early hours of Monday morning.

A talented former world junior champion and WCT tour surfer, commentator, Jiu Jitsu black belt and General Manager of Partnerships for Surfing NSW since 2018, “Shmoo” was a much loved member of the global surfing community and the Surfing NSW family.

He will be remembered for his passion for the lifestyle as well as his energy and enthusiasm.

Everyone in our organisation joins his son, Brandon, immediate family, and his extended worldwide network of friends, in grieving his loss.

It is our saddest day.

We will commemorate and celebrate John’s life in the days and weeks to come.

If you need support please contact Lifeline on 131 114 @lifelineaustralia

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