Richard Nuâ??u

Richard Nu’u passed away unexpectedly in Courtenay, BC, on January 30, 2013. The impact of this tremendous loss has been felt globally. His wife Zoe – daughters Tiare and Kaena – and family and friends in New Zealand, Hawaii, Canada, and all over the world, have joined together in a web of unparalleled strength to support each other during this time of grief. We are exceptionally grateful for the outpouring of love and generosity we have received.


I will forever miss the excitement of seeing you and knowing that a perfect Ricky Nu´u squeeze was coming soon. I will miss your smile and those big beautiful eyes. I will miss seeing you paddle and seeing you with your girls and I will even miss seeing you slaughtering chickens with that cheeky grin on your face. I will remember you as the legend that you were, surfing Hawaii’s most intimidating waves without a worry, or steering us into giants only to hop out onto the ama and ride down in a handstand. I will remember your gorgeous face and your massive arms and the way you cooked with a dishtowel hung over your shoulder like the proud Polynesian Dad you were. More than that, I will remember your kindness. In the best times, and then in the hardest times, you were always there for us Rick. When we were in our most fragile time the best thing was a hug from you and now, in the very worst time, there is nothing I wish for more. We will all miss you so much Ricky. I hope that in death you have found peace and even better, some really sweet waves – a perfect Maliko run in the sky perhaps…

A Celebration of Rick’s Life will be held on Saturday, February 9th at 3:00 pm at the upper Florence Filberg Centre in Courtenay, BC.

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