Remembering Air France Flight 447 and the late Dr. Jose 'Rommel' Souza.
June 12, 2009, 11:14 AM
By: Special To ESPN By Richard Gaunt
Tragically, on the 7th June 2009 Air France Flight 447 en route from Rio to Paris crashed into the Atlantic killing all 228 passengers on board. And while this terrible incident has been widely reported across the news channels, as we find out more about what happened and who was on board the personal stories of those souls lost are coming to light. Sadly, surfing lost one of its own on June 7, Dr. Jose 'Rommel' Souza. The following piece was graciously submitted by Mr. Richard Gaunt, one of Jose's close friends. Our hearts and best wishes go out to all those affected.—Jake Howard
Those who read the detailed press releases may have come across the story of a Brazilian orthodontist from London who tragically died, aged 35, on his birthday along with his beautiful girlfriend Isis Pinet. What they may not have read or have known was that he was a surfer, one of the best, who touched the lives of so many people around the world in his pursuit of the perfect wave. He represented everything that is special about our sport and although his death was tragic, what will be remembered is his life which was an inspiration to all those who knew and surfed with him.
Time to tip a Bintang or two in memory of Dr. Jose Souza.
From the beaches of Rio, Cornwall and Hossegor to the heavy reefs of Hawaii, Fiji and Indonesia, Rommel travelled the world to surf. Most London based surfers check the weekend forecasts for the South West, Rommel would check the entire Atlantic sea-board such was his commitment. Weekend trips to Mundaka, Madeira and Lanzarote were the norm rather than the exception, if the surf was good Rommel would go. As he used to say, as long as he caught just one wave, any trip was worth it.
His personal surf highlights included surfing 2nd reef Pipeline, Teahupoo, J-Bay, G-land and Cloudbreak, although he never did manage to catch the latter at a decent size! Perhaps one of his most memorable rides was at Uluwatu, on a huge day, he rode the wave so far he had to get a motorbike back from Padang beach.
In an era where UK waves are forever becoming more crowded, he was a shining example of what a committed inland surfer should be. Whether it was his favourite point near Bude, the Southcoast gem that is Porthleven or a quick short-stop flight to Madeira to surf big Jardim Do Mar, his ability in the water and respect for the local surfers meant that he was always welcome.
Rommel's death has brought much sadness but his life and achievements should be a lesson to us all. So the next time it is cold and onshore and you decide to give it a miss, think again. Or the next time a big swell pushes in and you have the fear just remember that you may not get a chance like this again.
We have lost a true warrior in his passing. The bond established between those who surf runs deep—there are few non surfers who can relate to it. Our community is weaker without him.
'Paddle Outs' are occurring around the world this weekend in Devon, New York and Rio.
A testament to a true friend and warrior, he will be sadly missed.
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Home is where I want to be
Pick me up and turn me round
I feel numb - burn with a weak heart
(So I) guess I must be having fun
The less we say about it the better
Make it up as we go along
Feet on the ground
Head in the sky
It's ok I know nothing's wrong . . nothing
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- In Flagranti - I Can Thrill and Delight
- Cansei de Ser Sexy - Move
- Junior Boys - So This is Goodbye
- Hot Chip - Over & Over
- Mandy & Alex Kid - Neverending mix
- Peaches - Talk to Me
- Peter Bjorn and John - Nothing to Worry About
- X - Wife - Ping Pong
- The Good The Bad & The Queen - The Good The Bad & The Queen
- Tiguana Bibles - Against the Law
G.S.P - COIMBRA BANDS CHART
- M'as Foice - Galinheiro / http://www.myspace.com/masfoice
- Tédio Boys - Bah Bah Bah / http://www.myspace.com/tedioboys
- Wraygun - Shes a Gogo Dancer / http://www.myspace.com/wraygunn
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- Bunny Ranch - It's Good / http://www.myspace.com/bunnyranchspace
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- JP Simões - Canção do Jovem Cão / http://www.myspace.com/jpsimoes
- Tiguana Bibles - Lost Words / http://www.myspace.com/tiguanabibles
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G.S.P - APRIL MUSIC CHART
- HerbeMatthew rt - 100lbs
- Dave Aju - Tapatio
- UFO Underground Society - In The Woods
- Pendle Coven - Unit 6
- Bronnt Industries Kapital - Objects & Purpose
- TChateau Flight - SuPeRLIGH
- Noze - You Have to Dance
- Uxu Kalhus- Erva Cidreira
- Ezra Reich - Hideaway
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"Wow and amazing!!
perfec couple of days.Gosurfingproject GO GO GO!
Arrived Lisbon Sunday night and explored Barrio Alto by night!Met Eurico Monday and the tour begins!
what a pleasure and inspiration to watch Eurico and Brek at work from the cliffs at Coxos!
Love the pictures Brek!Gosurfingproject is for all surfers as shown by pics!!!
We managed to surf every dayMon-Wed in conditions for beginners(Carcavelos1-2 ft)to higher levels (ericeira)
Loved the evening tours of Lisbon Mon was an old skool lisbon diner,tuesday Sushi !!
Not just a surf trip but a whirlwind cultural tour!
Saving up for another trip!!
yours |Mr Jonathan and much love from Terry Tibbs!!!"
Cheers Mr Harvey...
Last weekend me and Kiko, been competing on a local shortboard contest, we lost in the 1st round, but was a very nice experience for both.
For me was going back to my roots. I started surfing 25 yars ago on a 7'6 Goltziana a (one of the first made boards from a old local brend), and I grow up surfing using shortboards. I used shortboards on my firts steps in surfing competitions and just started Longboarding in 2001.
Kiko surfing is coming really good, and I can't wait for the summer to begin.
Starting from left: João Bracourt, Eurico Gonçalves, Jonathan Harvey & Some Rock Star.
We ad Sushi in www.clubedosushi.com, and then we went for a drink in this bar in the old part of Lisbon "Alfama" with my friend Brek and Ivo.
(photo - João Bracourt)
Tiago "Saca" Pires, practicing in Ribeira D'ilhas for the next WCT...
Look at the spray... Washhhh.
Good luck Tiago.
In 2007 beau Young (twice World Longboard Champion 2000 & 2003) come to Lagos in tour to present is 2º album "Still" (2006)... Me, Dom, Simon Williams and David Orr, went to the acoustic concert in the pub, and in the next day Beau came surfing with us in Amoreira... Then he went to Lisbon for another gig... all the best to every one... And Beau was nice to surf with you again, hope to see you soon somewhere in the world... Peace brother.