Several generations gathered at Waikiki Beach on Monday to celebrate the life of a pioneer.
"Not one moment of regret and he lived it to the fullest. So when he was ready and he was all pau, it was time for him to go. But he left a great legacy and he has many friends," daughter Barbara Cook said.
Long before the world knew about standup paddle surfing, a young Waikiki Beach boy named John "Zap" Zapotocky watched the great Duke Kahanamoku catch waves using a large canoe paddle. Zap gave it a try and never stopped.
"The funny thing is he didn't consider himself the father of that or anything. He saw Duke doing it and he watched a couple of other guys here on the beach doing it and he just did it because he loved it," Cook said.
Eight years ago, Zap went out for a session with veteran waterman Todd Bradley and his son. Even after undergoing double knee surgery, he was still tearing it up in his late 80s.
Several years later at the age of 91, Bradley took him out for one final paddle.
"I was trying to get him to go into the year 2000 with his gear and we went out and we caught a few waves. It was a specially glass day. It was really neat," Bradley said.
"Celebrate him because that's a guy a last living legend of a whole new industry," Bradley said.
Zap recently died at the age of 95. His ashes were scattered outside his playground at Waikiki Beach.
"Please remember that the biggest, greatest development in the sport of wave riding in the last 1,000 years is the result of the passion -- the effort and the aloha of John 'Zap' Zapotocky," legendary waterman Dorian Paskowitz said.
"Probably the world doesn't know about John Zapotocky, but I hope they all do. He should never be forgotten," Bradley said.
His legacy lives on.
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