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Memorials for the "Surfing Pastor" Blaine "Sumo" Sato

by: HB News staff writer
Posted: March 19, 2018

HUNTINGTON BEACH...Two makeshift memorials have popped up along Main Street to remember Blaine "Sumo" Sato and the good he has done.

A memorial in front of Huntington Surf and Sport


One memorial this is growing larger with flowers and photos is located in front of Huntington Surf and Sport at the corner of Pacific Coast Highway and Main Street.

Watch a short video of Pastor Sato in 2016.

The other has hundreds of photos of Sato in the window of Rockin' Fig Surf Shop 316 Main Street.

A memorial window at Rockin' Fig on Main Street


A memorials to remember Sato, will be a service at Cornerstone Church 4905 E. La Palma Ave in Anaheim on April 12 at 11 a.m. Two days later on April 14th a “Luau of Life” paddle-out on the north side of the Huntington Beach Pier will take place at 10 a.m.

A close-up of the memorial photos at Rockin' Fig


Known as the "Surfer's Pastor" and a friend to surfers, Sato was the go-to pastor who led several memorials. He led a service when Surfline founder Sean Collins passed away.

Sato led a service and paddleout in 2013 when bodysurfer Andy Arnold accidently drowned by the pier. He also held a service for world champion Andy Irons.

He has officated or attended many events held at Pier Plaza.

He was born on Hawaii and today surfers around the world have either met him here in Surf City or know his name.

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