Hermosa Beach, California


Hermosa Beach, California


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John Balk passed away on October 20, 2020 at the age of 37. John was a devoted father, husband, son, brother, friend, and surfer. These roles mattered the most to John; his unwavering dedication to each one made him the special person he was. John is survived by his wife Rikki, son Koa (8), and...

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Shredder loved his vibe local swag but not too local just wanted to own the moment by picking off good sets and making something out of an avaerage wave which for me was a hasssle sometime having grown up surfing topanga hammerland jetty you have to surf a lot to know that type of wave stoked to see john in the bu before his passing thats a bummer our sessions ill remember for life shredd in heaven even harder john aloha topanga and south bay locs 6th generation california native locs tom...

Dearest Balk family,

I am so sorry for your loss. John accomplished and lived life more by the age of 37, then most people could only dream of. He was a key component and driving force on the Mira Costa Surf Team from day one. John was a natural leader and role model both in and out of the water. He excelled at anything he put his mind to. He was talented, hard working and one of the most well rounded individuals, I have ever crossed paths with. Most importantly, he was a...