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R.I.P. Glen Kennedy

"Sadly, Glen Kennedy, long time surfer/shaper passed away 2 days ago. He was fishing with his grandkids and had a heart attack. Another of the good guys gone."

Glen Kennedy, a San Fernando valley surfboard shaper, was a fixture in Malibu and the valley. Kennedy Surf Shop opened in 1972 and since then, Glen has hand-shaped a wide range of surfboards, including classic longboards, mid range surfboards and high-performance shortboards.

According to his son, Lee, Kennedy suffered a massive stroke while sailing between L.A. and Ensenada.

"Glen Kennedy, if you surfed Malibu and had any ties to the valley, you knew Glen Kennedy. A legend, a neighbor, a mentor, a man of many adventures, the nicest person you would ever meet." - Joe Balint

"Glen was a great man, he took me in, gave me one of my favorite jobs and taught me to shape my own board. So many great memories; night surfing Bu on full moons, Friday night fish fries at the shop, drinks at Pickwick’s... I will never forget you Glen." - Tom Bugg

"We will miss our friend Glen Kennedy. A legend in the surf industry, amazing surfer/shaper/businessman and great guy, whose surf shop in the west end of the San Fernando valley has been in the same location for as long as I can remember. I’m sure Glen’s son will continue his legacy as Glen will now be Surfing the Ranch for eternity! Love you" - OnIt Pro

Glen on the left.

Glen Kennedy Surf Rodeo 2014

Glen's 2 Facebook Pages: Glen Kennedy Custom Shapes and Kennedy Surf Shop. And Glen's Instagram is @kennedysurfshop

Glen Kennedy Paddle Out
Glen Kennedy Celebration of Life

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  1. Such a great guy and fantastic surfer! Vaya con Dios mi Amigo! We will all miss your gracious ways!

  2. One of the nicest guys ever. R.I.P. Glen

  3. Watch ktla 5 tonight, the largest ever paddle out circle in Malibu, I joined the group with so many great memories of glen. Rip

  4. On July 5th, I recieved a telephone call from San Clemente at 4 :30 am in France. Some hours later, when I ckecked my voice mail, the news came to me. Glen Kennedy had passed away at age 68.
    Glen was a great surfer and board shaper. The news was quite unexpected because Glen always took care of himself and was a very active sportsman with deep sea fishing, golfing, skiing and bowling along with his surfing added on to the physical tasks of hand shaping surfboards. I remember one time hearing of Glen skiing in the morning driving home to do some shaping before going to the bowling alley then out for the evening glass off. To balance all of this, he was a devoted family man.
    This past week I have read some lovely comments that friends of Glen had made and posted on the internet. We are thankful that our lives have been enriched by having known our friend. Glen Kennedy had all of the qualities that we admire in people. Honest, generous, helpful and friendly towards all. All of his customers considered him a friend. Glen always made certain that they were buying what was best for them.
    Intelligent yet simple, self assured without a big ego, a great sense of humour and always fun to be with. Glen let me shape more than a few boards in his room and never asked for any payment. So we finally agreed that I would leave for him a six pack of Molson Golden Beer.
    Glen liked being Glen Kennedy and we loved him for that too. Thank you for your friendship Glennedy Kennedy and all of your encouragement.

    Freddie/Tootgundy Surfboards

  5. ginger mahealani rodriguezJuly 31, 2019 at 10:47 AM

    Plenty ALOHA & condolences to the family. Went to school with glens brothers he sold me my first berton board in 1985 you’ll be missed. “E ho’maha me ka bruddah glen!

  6. I have a board he made that I would like to sell if anyone is interested. I love it but I am a long board surfer and this one is too short for me.

    1. Hey! You still have the board?! Would love to see some photos

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