noun - A paddle out is a memorial service held in a body of water, generally held before sunset, where family and friends remember the life and legacy of a fallen comrade, especially a waterman, waterwoman, surfer or swimmer. Individuals paddle out from the shore to the deeper waters on their surfboards and long boards, often with leis around their necks and flowers in their hands or clenched in their mouths. The group forms in a large circle, join hands and silently pray or say their good-byes in their own way. People can speak, pray or memorialize their friend and then toss their flowers and leis into the center of the ring as the sun sets in a touching ceremony. Other individuals can observe and participate in the paddle out while standing onshore or on a pier, jetty or other nearby location.
Andy Irons Paddle Out
Ben Carlson Paddle Out