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The paddle out for Paul Zarifeh. Pics: Warren Hawke – surferswall.com

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Kiwi surfer and surf industry legend farewelled

6 December 17


Paul Zarifeh of Sumner Beach in Christchurch died of pancreatic cancer on November 23, he was 60 years old. Paul started the wetsuit brand Seventh Wave in 1987 with partner Geoff White and later took over the business himself.

Innovation and quality became the company’s trademark when they focussed on the manufacture of custom made wetsuits which they exported all over the world through their website. Seventh Wave sponsored dozens of New Zealand surfers over the years as well as supporting teams travelling to competitions and helping with prizes as well.

Paul was a much loved father of three grown up children, married to Julie who he travelled with for several years, clocking up 35,000 kilometres in their campervan, as well as having a family holiday around Europe following Paul’s diagnosis.

Paul was highly respected in the business and surfing worlds. He was intelligent, thoughtful and liked by everyone who knew him. Paul sponsored dozens of surfers, contests and teams over the years. He also employed many young surfers throughout his time making wetsuits with the best neoprene he could source. Paul sold the company to Sarah ‘Puff’ Armstrong-Park about 3 years ago when he first became ill.

Around 150 surfers/friends took part in a paddle out to pay their respects at Scarborough Beach at 7.00am on Saturday 2nd December.

 - Author Warren Hawke for WWW.SURFERSWALL.COM

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