Celebration of Life

Chris ‘Brownie’ Brown Memorial Service and Paddle Out Announcement


Posted January 23, 2019

Described by peers as gifted, inspirational, magnetic, and the frequent carrier of arguably the biggest smile on the West Coast, Santa Barbara surfer and commercial fisherman Chris Brown, 48, has reportedly passed away.

In Puerto Rico at the age of 17, Brown won the juniors division of the 1988 World Amateur Surfing Championships. Brown turned pro shortly thereafter and was one of the few elite-level standouts who could challenge Kelly Slater, now widely considered the best competitive surfer in history. In the early 1990s, Brown was ranked among the top 25 professional surfers worldwide.

Photo: Hutch Axilrod

In the mid 90’s Brown became a standout big wave paddle surfer at Mavericks in Half Moon Bay, CA. In the early 2000’s Brown started tow-in surfing in some of the biggest waves along the California coast with Eric ‘Towsurfer’ Akiskalian, Chuck Patterson and Mike ‘Scrubo’ Lane where he became the first surfer to tow-in at Shark Park at San Miguel Island during a 60′ swell off the Santa Barbara coast.

Photo: Scott Gibson

During the last few years Brown has been focused on his family and friends while suring favorite home break spots like Rincon, Sandspit, Point Mugu and Jalama.


“I am heartbroken beyond words to hear one of my dearest and most beloved friends, Chris ‘Brownie’ Brown, a true legend of our time, passed away suddenly. I will hold our memories and adventures close to my heart forever. See you on the other side and may your spirit soar high in the clouds above. Prayers and thoughts to his entire family and surf community for such a tragic loss that we are now all experiencing. Thank you for always pushing me to be my best and towing me into endless bombs along our journey.”
R.I.P. Brownie ??❤️ I love you brotha, keep smiling!!!” – Eric ‘Towsurfer’ Akiskalian
Photo: Scott Gibson


Memorial Service – Paddle Out – Celebration of Life Announcement

In Memory of Chris ‘Brownie’ Brown / October 12, 1970 – January 19, 2019

Photo: Scott Gibson

Memorial Service:

Message of Hope by Britt Merrick

Eulogy by Dave Brown

Where: Calvary Chapel of Santa Barbara

1 North Calle Cesar Chavez

Santa Barbara, CA 93103

When: February 16, 2019

Time: 10:00 A.M.


Paddle-Out and Celebration of Life:

Where: End of Sandspit, Santa Barbara Harbor, CA

When: February 16, 2019

Time: Following Memorial Service

Special thanks and gratitude from the entire Brown Family for the overwhelming amount

of local and global support from the entire surfing community.

“Smile Like Brownie” R.I.P. CB

Contact Information: Eric Akiskalian / 805-443-2045


Photo: Scott Gibson
Photo: Scott Gibson

Photo: Chris Burkard


Go Fund Me

A Gofundme page has been set up for Chris Brown’s daughter, Chloe Brown. Please donate what you can and share with your family and friends.

The entire Brown Family would like to extend their gratitude and appreciation for the overwhelming amount of local and global support from the entire surfing community.

Created by: Erin K. McKeown

“Smile Like Brownie”

R.I.P. CB / 1970 – 2019

Photo: Frank Quirate


Public Facebook Page for Chris ‘Brownie’ Brown

This is a Public Site for People who knew and Loved, Legendary Pro-Smiling Surfer, Chris Brown, from Carpinteria, Santa Barbara, Ca….CB, Brownie, Wrap Around. Professional Smiler. The textbook of Aloha, Mind & Spirit. An Amazing Son, Brother, Father and Friend…With an infectious Smile and Vibe. Gone too early, but will NEVER be Forgotten. He is SB’s Golden Boy!!! Aloha Nui Loa CB ???❤️?⚡️?????????❤️❤️❤️????? – Erin K. McKeown

Cover Photo: Scott Gibson


“Smile Like Brownie”

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