Shimooka, a former global excursion surfer grew to become broadcaster, died within the early hours of Monday morning, in step with Browsing NSW, for whom Shimooka have been common supervisor of partnerships since 2018.
“Everybody in our group joins his son, Brandon, fast circle of relatives, and his prolonged international community of buddies, in grieving his loss. It’s our saddest day.
“We can commemorate and have fun John’s existence within the days and weeks to return.”
At the beginning from Hawaii, Shimooka, who additionally had a black belt in jiu-jitsu, competed within the Global Surf League’s males’s Championship Excursion between 1989 and 1998.
Some other former global champion, Tom Carroll, responded to Slater’s put up with the phrases “no-sense. I believed so too. Shmoo RIP,” whilst four-time global champion Lisa Andersen commented on Shimooka’s most up-to-date Instagram put up: “I am misplaced for phrases. Hope you’re at peace.”
No explanation for dying has been introduced. CNN has contacted the New South Wales Police however has no longer won a reaction.