Geoff Balken, a great character and a gentleman.

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Much-loved surfer Geoff Balken, the man who did so much for the Magoo Charity Classic and the Central Coast Malibu Boardriders among so many things, left us too soon back on November 15th, and now a paddle-out to celebrate his life is set for April.

The following pieces are from two of his great mates (he had many) David Hayes and Phil Morgan:

North Avoca was Geoff's local and favorite surf spot. As well as a paddle out, the family will be spreading his ashes in the water. Afterwards weíll stay on for a beverage or two and a BBQ. Anyone who knew Geoff is encouraged to come along and celebrate his life and his love for the waves.
To be held at North Avoca Beach on the NSW Central Coast, Sunday 9th April at 1pm. In the event of heavy swell, the backup location is Terrigal Haven. Everyone is welcome.


There's a famous Welsh hymn, called Calon Lan. Translated it means - A Pure Heart. Not pure as in "white like the driven snow", but " A Happy Heart, An Honest Heart, A Pure Heart". Sums up Geoff Balken to me.

I knew Geoff through the Mal club. He always had perspective, it was all about fun.

Last time I saw Geoff in the surf was the July club day. Tricky lefts at Terrigal lagoon - he was in his element - at play and totally at home in the water. That day he really shone. These words from Breath by Tim Winton come to mind when I think of it:

"Out there I'm free . . . it's important for me to show them that their father is a man who dances . . . who does something completely pointless and beautiful, and in this at least he should need no explanation".

Geoff had the unique ability to make ANYONE feel comfortable. He was always tireless in his efforts for the Magoo Charity Classic, particularly tireless on the Saturday night, and a great member of the community.

My life is richer for having known him, for having shared his perspective on the surfing life, shared his jokes, and his passion for music. Bumpy road trips on the back roads of Crescent, listening to Hunters and Collectors, looking for fun, followed by a few cheeky beers at the Country Club.

We're all gonna miss you mate.


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