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klunkerbill

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I don't know if anyone out there knows the identical twins, Michael and Milton Willis, but they were shapers, owned a surf shop in Haleiwa, and were one of the first tow-in teams on the N. Shore. They lived right next to the church on the N/W side The Bay where many of the lifeguards from Waimea spent their off-hours. I've seen photos of Milton on 70+ ft. outer, outer Log Cabins, definitely some of the biggest ever swells ridden during Code Black conditions. I had the chance to surf with them, both in Hawaii and on the Mainland. Milton and his brother Michael were always looking out for folks in trouble, in and out of the water, and coming to their aid. Milton received awards from the City and County of Honolulu for his lifesaving efforts for saving tourists who were swept off the rocks at Three Tables near Pinballs (inside Waimea) in gnar conditions. They came to the Mainland about 5 years ago and started up a surf school in N. San Diego. As this tragic tale illustrates, even heroic people can make VERY BAD DECISIONS...

Milton was playing music with his brother and some friends on Thursday night in Del Mar and, evidently, there was some drinking going on. He got behind the wheel and ended up killing one of his best friends, Brad Dillahunty. Brad went to Santa Margarita High and later became the football coach there. He was also a gigging musician. Milton sustained life-threatening injuries and is on life support at Scripps. The investigation is ongoing, but they believe alcohol is 'major factor' in the crash. Milton is 51 years old and a grandparent and he should have known better than to get behind the wheel. For all of the amazing things Milton has achieved in his lifetime, if he survives, he'll go to prison for a long stretch and be forever remembered as the guy who killed an innocent young man. My heart goes out to Brad Dillahunty's family. Their never-ending nightmare has just begun. And also to the Willis family who must, somehow, try to make sense out of this horrible event. I know this ain't about skating, but I had to tell somebody. Anyone who reads this, please look out for your brothers and sisters when things get loose. Life is fragile. Stay safe everybody.
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Wow, that sucks, is that the same Willis bros. that made those speed bottoms that looked like built-in oval dings, but worked pretty good?
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I dunno about the speed bottoms, but they were right there in the beginning of PWC revolution for use in huge surf. They were also were among the first to use a thruster set-up in paddle-in surf over 25 feet for . They were doing design stuff, along with Ken Bradshaw, when the 'unridden realm' was being fully realized. They flew under the radar of the surf media, preferring to chase the rhinos with a small band of cohorts, but most of the big boys know and respect them. It's such a tragedy on so many levels. Fuck.
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I think I know who you're talking about. You're right about making decisions, I feel sorry for all those hurt by this.
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Yeah, it's a real bummer. MIchael and Milton were the tow-in masters. Their time out in the ultra huge was cut short when Michael got caught in the soup on a 30+ day at Jaws. He lost the ski and, somehow, the rope got caught around his leg. It ripped through all the fat and muscle down to the bone. He almost lost the leg and it took a way long time to get back in the water. That took them out of the scene and they relocated back to the mainland shortly thereafter. Man, I think of all the nights I got away with the stupid shit and how lucky I, and those around me, are to have survived those days. Now I'm old and fat and do most of my drinking at home. I'm gonna keep it that way...well...maybe not the fat part.
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Sad indeed.
Just reinforces that you should never drive under the influence.


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tragic and sad for all involved!


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Wow, that sucks, is that the same Willis bros. that made those speed bottoms that looked like built-in oval dings, but worked pretty good?

I remember those........ with the built in dings starting about halfway down the board...  I think they we're called "dimple" bottoms. Same theory/design as used on a golf ball.  Straighter and faster, less H2O resistance.   Anyway..... 

I'm bummed to hear this news.  As K bill said, 2 of the best all around watermen on the North Shore,  also designing and shaping boards using some innovative thought and imagination....always unique and different shapes. Deep channels, bonzers........no carbon copies like most evryone else does.  Underappreciated by the masses, and beloved by those that understood what they were trying to accomplish.

This is both a tragic and ironic story- being a lifesaver and a hero, and then finding yourself in the opposite end of it all.  Damn.

With the moral/lesson yet again gents- never drink and drive. Please. 

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Aside from the suckage factor for these two families, what really, really sucks is how many people here will read this thread, and will still get behind the wheel after drinking or under the influence of something.

I got my wake up call a few years ago, I was blessed in that I didn't take anybody out (self included), and really only suffered a big cash hit, and some inconvenience.  There but for the grace of God, go I.

This kind of stuff happens daily, we only know about the famous ones.

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true dat' Q
party smart boys!

this is such sad news.
frustrating because it seems preventable.
a real nightmare for the families.
prayers.
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Aside from the suckage factor for these two families, what really, really sucks is how many people here will read this thread, and will still get behind the wheel after drinking or under the influence of something.

I got my wake up call a few years ago, I was blessed in that I didn't take anybody out (self included), and really only suffered a big cash hit, and some inconvenience.  There but for the grace of God, go I.

This kind of stuff happens daily, we only know about the famous ones.

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When you drive somewhere and drink you should give your keys away and not get them back till the next day.


Just getting busted for DUI is a nightmare.

Take a cab. It will work out cheaper in the long run.


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Wow. My first time posting. I had to.Seems like the last time i was here someone had died ( about 3 years ago) .

Klunkerbill,

I'm a friend of "the family". What you wrote was so on point, and showing the shock we are all still going through.
I will be at Brads funeral tomorrow.
Brad was an AMAZING kid. I am really looking forward to meeting his parents ( they are amazing too) .
I was on a surfing vacation in Del mar when this happened.......so sad.
I would give anything to turn the clock back, and change the outcome.

I have been all over the net ( i don't know why ) ....read everything .....and it took a REAL "bro" to say it like it is.......and i thank you....from whats left of my broken heart.
Much respect,
Gregg

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I was thinking @ this quite a bit today, and.....

now its 4 in the AM, and I was enjoying my REM sleep and dreaming-  about surfing. Not uncommon.
So, I found myself scrounging under a friends house in Cayucos, looking for a board to borrow.  And in the pile was a Willis Bros., with the divots in the bottom.  

I picked it up and it said Phazer or Phaser on the top. I walked  to the beach, put on my leash...... and then I woke up. 
No idea if thats what the board was called.  No idea why I got out of bed to post this really.  Beam me back to bed Scotty, warp speed.
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wooff/Greg- I just saw your post. Hang you hat here if you want- you'll find plenty of supporters in this forum. Although I'm a newborn member, but I  was a lurker for ages....
In that time, I've seen nothing but heaps of kindness and good karma from the crew here.

My good vibes (and a soul healing south swell) sent your way, may they help you find some peace of mind today- and down the road as well.     

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I was thinking @ this quite a bit today, and.....

now its 4 in the AM, and I was enjoying my REM sleep and dreaming-  about surfing. Not uncommon.
So, I found myself scrounging under a friends house in Cayucos, looking for a board to borrow.  And in the pile was a Willis Bros., with the divots in the bottom.  

I picked it up and it said Phazer or Phaser on the top. I walked  to the beach, put on my leash...... and then I woke up. 
No idea if thats what the board was called.  No idea why I got out of bed to post this really.  Beam me back to bed Scotty, warp speed.
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wooff/Greg- I just saw your post. Hang you hat here if you want- you'll find plenty of supporters in this forum. Although I'm a newborn member, but I  was a lurker for ages....
In that time, I've seen nothing but heaps of kindness and good karma from the crew here.

My good vibes (and a soul healing south swell) sent your way, may they help you find some peace of mind today- and down the road as well.     



Thats what the boards with the dimple bottoms were called....Phazers or Phasers, That rocks, I've been trying remember the name of those for days now Thanxxxxx!
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Yeah, they were called Phazers.

Rich, you're probably remembering of some of John Parmenter's old boards.  He rode those way back when...
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