Buzzy Trent

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Buzzy Trent
Personal information
Born (1929-05-13)May 13, 1929
San Diego
Died September 26, 2006(2006-09-26) (aged 77)
Residence Hawaii

Buzzy Trent (born "Goodwin Murray Trent Jr", May 13, 1929 – September 26, 2006) was a pioneer of big wave surfing.[1] Born in San Diego and raised in Santa Monica, he body surfed as a child and started surfing at age 12.[2] He moved to Hawaii in 1952 to surf and pioneered big wave surfing along with George Downing and Greg Noll. Buzzy gained international fame in 1953 when he was photographed by Scoop Suzuki riding a 20-foot winter wave at Mākaha in the first widely published photos of big wave surfing.[3]

Throughout his life he was an exceptional athlete, including being an all-state football player. He was also an active diver and hang glider.[2]

Buzzy was featured in the 2004 documentary film Riding Giants, directed and narrated by Stacy Peralta.[3]

He died September 26, 2006 at Hale Ho Aloha nursing home in Honolulu, HI at age 77.[1]


  1. ^ a b Ohira, Rod (October 3, 2006). "Buzzy Trent, 77, big-wave master dies". Honolulu Advertiser. Retrieved 2009-06-22. 
  2. ^ a b Borte, Jason. "Buzzy Trent". Retrieved 2009-06-22. 
  3. ^ a b Memminger, Charles (April 10, 2005). "Honolulu Lite. Extra.". Retrieved 2009-06-22. 

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