Tuesday, July 4, 2017
Mike Cobb, BHS '83, Passed Away at age 51
Douglas Christopher shared a link on Facebook regarding the sad passing of Mike Cobb.
Mike Cobb, RIP
Channel Islands Sales Manager/All-Around Great Guy Loses Battle to Cancer
By Jake Howard
Published:July 3, 2017
“Mike was the man,” said Conner Coffin, who spent years with Cobb at Channel Islands. “He was one of those guys that always made sure the people around him were taken care of. It’s so heartbreaking; he had such a positive energy and he did so much good for other people.” Photo: Scott Winer
The surf world has lost another one of the good guys. Sadly, after a long, hard-fought battle against pancreatic cancer, Santa Barbara’s Mike Cobb has passed away. Remembered for his compassion, integrity and love of life, his place in the lineup will be greatly missed. He was only 51 years old.
The Sales Manager for Channel Islands Surfboards, Cobb was one of the lucky ones that found a way to blend a fulfilling career with his love for surfing.
“Mike was the man,” said Conner Coffin, who spent years with Cobb at Channel Islands. “He was one of those guys that always made sure the people around him were taken care of. He was just one of the nicest guys. It’s so heartbreaking; he had such a positive energy and he did so much good for other people.”
A regular in the water around Ventura and Santa Barbara, Cobb also made routine sojourns to Tavarua over the years, typically staying on the island during Dave Lester’s week in May.
“I was lucky enough to spend quite a few weeks with Mike on Tavarua over the years,” remembers Lester. “We became good friends. Mike was a great guy who took the time to get to know people. He really cared a lot about the Fijians on Tavarua. I spoke with Mike a few days before our trip this past May, unfortunately Mike could not join us this year, but he really wanted to come, not for the surf, but to see all of his Fijian friends. He loved the place and the people. That is just the way Mike was. Always a kind word for everyone. I am really going to miss him.”
As far as what kind of guy Cobb was, a telling post was made on his Facebook page shortly after his passing.
“He came up to me during a little surf trip on Tavarua in 2012 and said, ‘There is an unridden brand new Al Merrick 6’10” in my boardbag, I want you to go grab it, wax and ride it and have some fun at Cloudbreak,’ after he found out I didn't bring a shortboard and just two longboards on the trip,” writes Kieran Plim. “Who does that? Mick does. What also struck me most was that he had the time to chat and drink beer like a person I had known for 20 years, not to mention bringing out his secret collection of tequila as well one night. I know you are getting seriously barreled right now in the afterlife.”
Our thoughts and prayers are with Mike’s family and friends. Godspeed.
SEPTEMBER 2, 2017 UPDATE
Michael Adam Cobb
Michael Adam Cobb transitioned from this earth on June 25, 2017, at the age of 52 surrounded by his loving family at home in Carpinteria.
Born and raised in Burbank, Cobb (or Cobber) began a lifelong love affair with sports, playing for the Vikings and riding motorcycles at the early age of 6. By his teenage years, skateboarding and surfing began to tickle his fancy but he continued to excel and went on to become a star quarterback at Burbank High School. Michael graduated with honors from the school of real life and worked his tail off.
After 20 years in the world of medical sales and management, his life turned a corner and he became the Sales Manager for Channel Islands Surfboards-a dream job where he used to say "work and play blur." Michael worked hard and played harder. Whether it was camping trips and riding motorcycles through the deserts of California with his dad and Uncle Duane or surf trips to Panama, Indonesia, Hawaii and his favorite, Fiji. Michael was an incredibly kind and generous soul. He always possessed the ability to turn a negative into a positive, and cared deeply about the environment and animals.
Michael left behind his beloved wife, Delia, cat Xena and a trio of chihuahuas. An awesome son to Russell Cobb and Donna Ushkow, and loving brother to Patrice Mock. Michael leaves behind nieces, nephews and countless friends from all corners of the world. Donations can be made to: Sea Shepherd Conservation Society; Physician's Committee for Responsible Medicine; East Valley Animal Shelter; Santa Barbara Animal Rescue.
The family will hold private memorial services in California and New York.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Sept. 1 to Sept. 9, 2017