Former pro surfer who died off North Shore was 'doing what he loved'

(Image: Tom Boyle)
(Image: Tom Boyle)

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Glen Jeans lived for a good surf break.

And on Monday, he paddled out at Rocky Point on Oahu's North Shore to ride some of the world's greatest waves.

Around 10 a.m., he got into trouble, and was pulled from the water unconscious. The former pro surfer was pronounced dead later that day.

"He was just doing what he loved to do and that was riding the surf," said Laura Hitchens, his sister. "He's in a better place right now."

Jeans was 56, and a regular in surf lines around Oahu.

Hitchens said Jeans learned to surf at a young age. For him, it was a passion.

He grew up in Hawaii Kai and was a professional surfer in the 1980s. He also owned a popular window washing business.

Hitchens says Jeans had deep connection to the islands and always had a positive attitude.

"I love you, brother. I know you're riding the big waves in heaven and fishing at the same time," she said.

"You'll be opening the gates of heaven to greet all of us."

Jeans leaves behind a large extended family.

A paddle out service for Jeans will be held at China Walls in the near future. A date has not yet been set.

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