Ex-competidor do Circuito Mundial, o californiano Willy Morris, 57, faleceu na última terça-feira (10), ainda por causa desconhecida nos EUA.
Nascido em Los Angeles e criado nas ondas de Malibu, Ventura e Santa Bárbara, ele foi um dos principais atletas da geração dos anos 1980 nos EUA.
Morris também trabalhou por mais de 15 anos na Quiksilver após pendurar a lycra. Recentemente, ele comandava a marca Salty Crew ao lado do ex-campeão mundial CJ Hobgood.
Campeão nacional em 1981, ele era famoso pelas boas performances no Havaí, com direito a vitória no Pro Class Trials, em Sunset Beach. Morris também tinha no currículo o título do Katin Team Challenge, em Huntington Beach, quando passou por nomes como Tom Curren, Mark Richards e Michael Ho.
Conhecido pelo frontside agudo e um bom jogo de borda, o californiano participou de vários filmes como “Totally Committed” (1984), “Performer” (1984-85), “Ticket to Ride” (1986) e outros produzidos pela Quiksilver.
Pai de duas filhas, Morris também tinha o hábito de pescar e era conhecido pela forte amizade com várias pessoas do mundo do surfe, entre eles Tom Carroll e CJ Hobgood, que prestaram homenagens nas redes sociais.
RIP Willy Morris. "THE" ICON OF SALT. Willy joined the Salty Crew when we had only a couple hats and a passion to offer. Willy saw more than that… He understood our story, because he is the inspiration for our story. Willy is what Salty Crew stands for. He is a legend of our industry. He loves it, bleeds it, and has given it so much. He is an iconic surfer, amazing waterman, incredible storyteller, and the giver of the best bear hugs. Willy will forever go down in history as one of the most respected men of the surfing and fishing world. It breaks our hearts to see you go, you meant so much to everyone you met. We love you Willy. @wmorris4
Shocked and very saddened to hear that Willy has passed. My heart goes out to Steve and the Morris family. Willy was such a huge part of that time period for me. Countless days of great surf together from Malibu to the Central Coast. The entire Morris family treated me as family. I learned so much from him, when and where to be on what swell, what tide, etc… From his Kennedy days to his Channel Islands days, no one was better to shoot with because he loved surfing, the sport, and the culture more than anyone. You will be missed old friend. 🙏🏻
Today the surfing world lost one of the best guys ever. Big Willy was one of the people I looked up to in my teens. He was just awesome. So many quotes about him " Tommy's dog" , Faria quote .. Top house to Willy's ( Mondos ) Mendlefriend, Corny's Scorpion Bay pal etc. Value everything, every moment and everyone . .. #willymorris #cisurfboards #alwayscool #818 😭 photo : Bob Barbour