Bud Scelsa, Mau Loa.
We learned yesterday that Captain Bud Scelsa, subject of a recent post here, passed away peacefully at home. A lifelong surfer and sailor, Bud spent his life working and playing in and around the ocean. He touched many along the way with his love and respect for the sea, the Hawaiian people and their culture. Bud placed his greatest love - sharing waves with friends - at the very centre of his life. He did it long before surfing was taken seriously and he did it in a way that made absolutely no concessions to fashion. His love of riding waves was pure, steeped in Aloha. Bud was particularly proud of a kneeriding paipo he built a few years ago from wili - wili and redwood. The four wili - wili pieces represent the four main Hawaiian Gods: Ku, Kane, Lono and Kanaloa. He named this board “Mau Loa”, which means forever. Bud had been gravely ill for some time. In his last few months he drew strength and solace from the Aloha he had spread as it returned to him through friends. Legless is proud to have been a small part of that. We wish him well on the voyage on which he has now embarked. “Pae kaua!”