Legendary Surfer Tamayo Perry Killed in Shark Attack

Shocking Incident on Oahu’s North Shore

Renowned surfer and lifeguard Tamayo Perry, 49, tragically died in a shark attack on Sunday while surfing off Goat Island near Oahu’s North Shore. Perry’s body was found with multiple shark bites, according to local emergency services. Lifeguards transported Perry to shore via jet ski, but he was pronounced dead by paramedics upon arrival.

A Life Dedicated to Surfing and Safety

Born in 1975 and raised on the east side of Oahu, Perry began surfing at age 12. By his teenage years, he was a rising star in the local surfing community, despite having no sponsors and often borrowing surfboards. Perry’s dedication and talent led him to develop a unique tube-riding style, influenced by his idols Gerry Lopez and Tom Carroll. His skills earned him a win at the prestigious Pipeline Masters in 1999 and recognition as one of the most prominent surfers at Pipeline by 2005.

Hollywood and Community Involvement

Perry’s charisma and surfing prowess also landed him roles in several films and TV shows, including the 2002 hit “Blue Crush,” “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides,” and “Hawaii Five-0.” He appeared in commercials for major brands like Nissan and Coca-Cola. In 2016, Perry joined Honolulu Ocean Safety, where he became a beloved lifeguard and surf coach. He founded the Oahu Surfing Experience with his wife, Emilia, to share his passion and knowledge of surfing.

Legacy and Tributes

Honolulu Ocean Safety Acting Chief Kurt Lager described Perry as “a lifeguard loved by all” and praised his infectious personality. Honolulu Mayor Rick Blangiardi called Perry’s death “a tragic loss” and highlighted his dedication to the community’s safety. Perry’s influence extended beyond his surfing achievements, as he was deeply respected for his bravery, commitment, and efforts to promote surf etiquette and safety.

Community in Mourning

The surfing community and Hawaii are mourning the loss of a true legend. Perry’s impact on the sport and his community will be remembered for years to come. Rest in peace, Tamayo Perry.