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Diver missing off No. Cal coast

Discussion in 'Passings' started by samnewsom, Mar 19, 2007.

  1. RoyN

    RoyN Solo Diver

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    What was terrible was I met his "step brother" who goes to the same workout gym I go to in San Francisco. Very sad I never got that picture he took of God's Beam. That picture was the number one reason why I started diving.
     
  2. Ocean One

    Ocean One Instructor, Scuba

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    Location: Fort Collins, CO.
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    Having looked at Chitron's website pictures, the diving world has lost an artist. May he be remembered for his talent and his love of diving. Condolenscenses to his family friends, and dive buddies.
     
  3. nkw5

    nkw5 Barracuda

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    Location: Fresno, CA
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    I just crawled out from under my rock today and was hard hit by the realization that the dive community has suffered a tremendous loss. I cannot claim to have been Kawika's friend. We only met once and sent a few emails, but I feel an incredible sense of loss.

    Anyone who has seen his work realizes he was the most talented photographer. I always evaluate my pictures against his, and I cannot ever come even close.

    I guess he did everything with gusto and all his heart. He has submitted more surveys for REEF than anyone else on the West Coast. In a lifetime, I will only be able to do a small fraction of his total.

    And although I didn't know him well, I am privileged to have a favorite Kawika story. I teach 2nd grade and did a unit on the ocean. I put a slideshow together of pics I have taken, but I felt the need to include one of his. You know the one if you are familiar with his work--the one of the seal and himself. I wrote Kawika and asked if I could include it. He replied, "Of course!" My kids LOVED that pic. I had to swallow my pride when they didn't take to any of mine like they did his, but like I said, my pics can't hold a candle to his. I didn't have a chance to tell him how much they loved that pic or to thank him for letting me use it.

    But I had to tell somebody, so thanks for reading my post.
     
  4. Drewpy

    Drewpy Orca

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    Location: No. California
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    nkw5- Very well said..I couldnt agree more!

    My next Monterey dive will be in his memory.....godspeed.
     
  5. yukoneer

    yukoneer Manta Ray

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    Location: Florida
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    Can I see this individual's website? Where was the accident? what happened?

    the info here is very vague
     
  6. Peter_C

    Peter_C Solo Diver

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    Location: Santa Rosa, CA
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  7. nkw5

    nkw5 Barracuda

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    Good idea. My chance comes tomorrow.
     
  8. MontereyCADiver

    MontereyCADiver Nassau Grouper

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    Location: Salinas, CA, USA
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    NKW, Why not tell Kawika 'thank you' while you're underwater tomorrow? I'll be under, and I'll keep him (et al) in my thoughts.
     
  9. Chuck Tribolet

    Chuck Tribolet Loggerhead Turtle Rest in Peace

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    Kawika's website is http://www.coldwaterimages.com/ His family wants to make prints
    of his work available to benefit something dive-related, and I'm working with them on
    that.

    The best overview of what happened is, for once, the news:

    http://www.eurekareporter.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?ArticleID=22093
    http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2007/04/01/MNGMROVNMM1.DTL
     
  10. Peter_C

    Peter_C Solo Diver

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
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    Maybe we could take up a collection to pay the domain host of his website to keep it up for something like 10 years? My thoughts on the shorter period of time, is because they may change the format shortly and then someone would have to rebuild the webpage. Although with all his photo admirers there should be no problem with collecting quite a few hundred dollars at least.

    To be proper his website would need a few changes on the home page, and contact page, so people would understand how important the webpage is.
     

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