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RIP Mick Lawrence – Tasmanian pioneer surfer, and a friend, mentor, and inspiration to so many

14 June 24


There are a lot of heartfelt online tributes to Mick out there these past couple of days, also major pieces in the straight press. 

The following is from Surfrider Australia:

The surfing community lost a legend yesterday, our dear friend and President of our Surfrider Tasmania Branch Mick Lawrence passed away at home in Cremorne, Tasmania on Wednesday Morning. 

Mick was a proud surfer, filmmaker, author and Environmentalist. He was a mentor and dear friend for many within the Tasmanian surfing community and pioneered a lot of the waves around the Tasmanian coastline. 

Mick spent most of his life “surfing himself silly” as he would say, travelling to remote surf breaks at a time when wetsuits weren’t invented and shivering was just a part of surfing. He was also the President of Surfing Tasmania where he played a pivotal role in supporting young surfers within the community.

In his later years he became a passionate ocean conservationist & President of Surfrider Tasmania, campaigning for the health of Tasmania’s oceans and pushing back hard against Salmon Farming, an industry that had dramatically effected the oceans and coastlines that he had spent most of his life within or upon.

Mick believed that the ocean had given him everything & he wanted to spend the rest of his life giving back.

From within the Surfrider family and especially within the Tasmania branch Mick was seen as a father, the king of the Groms. He always shared with us his knowledge and understanding of Tasmania, it’s oceans, environment and communities and we were always listening intently.

Mick played a vital role in producing our latest film ‘Southern Blast’, a film he was so proud of. We at Surfrider send our love to his wonderful wife Robyn. We are so grateful for the time and the wisdom he shared with us over the past couple of years, we know his legacy lives on through his books, films, ocean conservation & friends. 

Ride In Peace Mick, we love you. 

 - Tribute from Surfrider Australia

Here's a link to a story we ran on Mick here in Oct. ’23:  Meet Mick - “You surf bums have made me change my mind"



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