Paddle out honors surf icon Larry Gordon

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SAN DIEGO – San Diego surf icon Larry Gordon was honored Monday morning with a special paddle out at Tourmaline Beach.

"The way the waves came up it was a gift," said Tom Pastore.   "My family’s known the Gordons for basically since I was born, an Icon and great part of this community."

Gordon revolutionized the sport of surfing with the creation of the foam board. Gordon and his partner Floyd Smith were among the first people to make surfboards out of foam.

Michael Lear Hynson worked as a designer for Gordon.

"I’ve known his wife since 7th grade, he’s always been a part of my family," said Hynson.

At least a hundred people were on the boards created by Gordon and rode waves in honor of him Monday morning.

"It’s like a reunion, a lot of people I don’t even know here," said Hynson.

Gordon co-founded Gordon and Smith Surf and Clothing company better known as G&S.

Smith died New Year’s Day after a lengthy struggle with Parkinson's Disease at age 76.

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