Mentor, muse and friend, Gary Propper swept into our lives with all the ferocity and movement of a category five hurricane. A badass surfer from the early 70’s, Gary hails from Florida’s coastlines and is recognized in the Surfer Hall of Fame. Not only has he mastered the curves of ocean’s crests but channeled his passions into a variety of business concepts which has lead into a life very well lived.
We could go on and on about the careers he helped skyrocket to fame, but we won’t. Not that he doesn’t deserve the accolades, as he is a man well worth his weight in gold. We, however, wish to illuminate what a cool cat he is and how much we appreciate him sweeping into our lives and opening our consciousness to the greater possibilities. Propper, as of recent, tossed the collective of Beachside Media into his creative machine in an effort to help us seek new business adventures. Gary Propper’s enduring wish is to, with our help, create something which will leave this world a cooler, happier place. His stories are as wild and free as his spirit. The road to success is often marbled with challenges and opposition. Like a Godfather with the purest of intention, Propper has taken our hands and continues to lead us down a path illuminated by him.
It’s almost been a month since my dear friend and associate Gary Propper passed away. Over the past six months, it’s felt like we’ve spent every waking moment together. Morning coffee laughs and brainstorming till the wee hours of the night. GP might have been 72 years old but he sure as hell didn’t act like it. His favorite channel was MTV. He was one rad dude. Some of the best moments I ever had with him were creating art and brainstorming event concepts. GP was probably most well known for producing the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movies. He was also an entertainment promoter and worked with entertainers like Rush, Bob Marley, carrot top, and Gallagher, just to name a few but in our community, he was most well known for ruling in the surfing scene. Last year we produced the first-ever Military Surf Festival, GP and I were Inspired by outstanding American hero Travis MacCody Strong, a veteran who recently learned to surf in Cocoa Beach despite having lost both legs in the Iraq War, the MILITARY SURF FESTIVAL was founded to bring a positive-vibe experience to our nation’s heroes through the healing power of the ocean and its people. GP was even developing a wetsuit and an electric propelled surfboard for disabled veterans. If you knew Gary you would understand his character. I had great respect for him and where he had come from. This year I was fortunate enough to be able to work with him on the 55th annual Easter Surf Contest and 2nd Annual Tiki Carver Invitational. He put countless hours into bringing the contest back to its roots and we at Beachside Media plan on making this year contest in memory of him. Please come celebrate the life of Gary Propper with us on Easter Weekend. We will be having a memorial paddle out on April 20th at 4pm, Lori Wilson Park. GP you will be greatly missed! Much Much Aloha. .
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