“For A moment In Time We’re Kids Again” …RIP Allen Margolis

November 1, 2019 • Passings

2014 East Coast Surfing Hall Of Famer, and one of east coast surfings earliest, truly legendary short board era photographers, Alan Margolis has passed away Wednesday. Besides being one of the coasts most influential shooters Alan, along with partner, Mike Mann started the all color, Right Coast Quarterly Atlantic Surf  back in 1974, a precursor and inspiration to ESM itself.

Allen went out the way we’d all hope / dream of, riding your last waves out in the ocean amongst friends which, in Allen’s case was near his home at Fort Pierce Inlet, Florida. Surfing that morning there as well, Graham Parker gave this eye witness account: “Today’s life lesson: life is short, enjoy it. Never expected that when I paddled out at fort Pierce inlet I’d be doing cpr on someone on the beach. William Davis and myself and others pulled an unconscious surfer out of the water and we did CPR on the beach for 10 minutes. I didn’t know Allen Margolis personally other than seeing him at the inlet over the years but seeing someone so respected by the community here passing away is such a shame. And the craziest thing was as this went down, the winds went offshore and the set of the morning came thru…RIP in Allen.”

Allen and his legendary small wave Rhino Chaser at Sebastian Inlet. He didn’t miss very many waves and nobody got in his way when he paddle that baby out. Photo: Tom Dugan

Added long time friend and fellow East Coast Surfing Hall Of Fame photographer Tom Dugan, “I first saw Allen in the 70′ shooting photos around Brevard County Fla. He helped put all the surfers of the day on  the map with great photos in many magazines. We became friends over the years and I remember sharing First peak at Sebastian with him on many dawn patrols. He was a hard core surfer his whole life and died in the water doing what he enjoyed… SURFING . Classic guy who will be remembered thru his hard work as a photographer.”

In the end Allen still makes us all feel like kids again, each and every time we look at one of his photos. A finer legacy I personally could not imagine. And please do yourself a favor by checking out below AllenClass of 2014 East Coast Surfing Hall Of Fame induction speech one of the best – if not shortest – ever given. -Mez –

One moment in time, two legends, now back together again. Mike Tabeling laying down his inimitable lines and Allen nailing it at Sebastian Inlet. Sequence: Margolis

  • Nick Westcot

    RIP Brother. Loved your great East Coast photos through the years!!

  • John Knoke

    I used to dawn patrol First Peak a lot! Rarely did anyone beat me into the lineup, except Alan! I remember one day in particular. I paddled out super early, and the waves were pumping, offshore, high tide First Peak, probably double overhead. Serious waves and barreling almost past the end of the jetty!. Still mostly dark, I paddled out and was at the end of the north jetty. A big set came in and I got a long, stand-up barrel, one that I still remember today. Paddling back out, almost wishing someone was there to see it, I heard a faint “yeeeew, yeeeew, yeeeew” coming from the distancey in the morning darkness-it was Alien hooting from farther out at Second Peak. I was surprised and happy he was there, but he was always there, and will always be. The manatees and I will miss him very much. Yeeeew, Alan.

  • Johnny Lynch

    I remember Allen also – we called him Alien. He was rad and I had no idea how much contribution he’d made to east coast surfing. Rest in Heaven Allen. What a great time grwing up near the inlet and getting to know about the world and the surfing world with and through colorful characters like Allen.