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Darren Eric Sorenson


06/22/1964 - 05/13/2014 Obituary
Darren Eric Sorenson Obituary
Darren Eric Sorenson was born June 22, 1964 in Bakersfield, California to Ken and Darlene Sorenson. He passed peacefully from this life at 6:40pm, May 13, 2014 at the Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula, with his family by his side.
Introduced to beach life when his parents bought an ocean front home in 1980, he moved to Monterey, California where he lived out his life.
Darren was interested in only two things in life, surfing and surfing (maybe three, surfing surfing and young women). It happened that he was significantly talented at surfing, and soon developed the skills to become a world class "goofy foot" cold water surfer.
Darren became the quintessential family "surf bum". He worked as he had too, and when he'd saved enough, he was off to another international adventure. Chasing Rouge waves and befriending fellow surfers until he had surfed all the surfable water around the globe. He surfed point break in Central America while guerrilla gunfire echoed in the jungle. He miraculously avoided the bombing of a surfer hangout somewhere in the Indian Ocean. His adventures were clearly the stuff of spine-tingling fiction, Local water for Darren was Carmel Beach, California where he dominated surf contests for many years. (Herb Benham's opinion to the contrary, and we're sure that Brad's son is a fine surfer, he is not the best surfer out of Bakersfield).
In October of 2000, the light of his life, a daughter, Kiana Blaze Sorenson was born. Tragically, in December of the same year, he was injured in an accident damaging his spinal cord. Darren lived out the remainder of his life paralyzed chest down.
Despite his disability, Darren remained stalwart in his determination to have a life. He supervised his own landscape maintenance business, he co-owned and co-managed a retail business in Marina, California. He was responsible for the maintenance of a substantial property in Big Sur, California. Truth be known, it was to his credit that this property was one of few that survived the devastating Pheiffer Ridge Fire. His latest venture, began shortly before his passing, was setting up a shop to manufacture custom competition skateboards, a passion of his youth. He supervised the construction of a steel hydraulic press, and outfitted the shop with wood-working tools necessary for the operation.
The courage he managed, living with mind-numbing issues attendant to his injury was beyond what words can describe. He was indeed a special young man.
Darren is survived by his mom Darlene and father Ken; his brother Kirk and his wife Kelly; nieces, Katie and Kristine; all of Bakersfield; his daughter Kiana Blaze; Kiana's mother Aimee Alling and her grandmother Michelle Barat of Pacific Grove, California. He is also survived by his dear friend Mary Ellen Klee of Big Sur, California.
A paddle-out at sunset, on Carmel Beach is planned for Darren's birthday June 22, 2014.
Published in Bakersfield Californian from May 23 to May 25, 2014
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