You only need to read the tributes being posted about him to know he was a special man, held dear in the hearts of so many.
I met Vaughan out at Millers, on one of his infrequent visits down the beach – given that he was the ultimate Pipe Local. Spent many a lull discussing board shapes and fin configurations, and have him to thank for getting me onto a quad fin set-up. He was just so enthusiastic about his quad Vetkoek from Dennis that the next board I ordered was a quad, and have never been back on a thruster since.
Many of you may not know, but it was actually Vaughan’s idea for Dennis to design and start producing the Vetkoek, so anyone out there riding one – catch your next wave for Vaughan to say thanks.
A week before I left for Maldives I’d asked John to get me Vaughan’s cell number as wanted to get hold of him to lend him a set of the new Hanalai quad fins I’d just got in from Aussie, as knew he’d enjoy trying them out. Just never got round to making the call.
Jeepers, we’re all really going to miss this special man. He may have been just the other side of 60, but still had the enthusiasm of a grommet. Hardly ever saw him miss a wave and he was ripping right til the end.
RIP Vaughan. May you get it 6ft and offshore forever.