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By Jake Howard

Brad Basham, a longtime fixture in the San Clemente surfboard-building community, died earlier this week at age 68.

The founder of Basham’s Factory Surf Shop in the Los Molinos “surf ghetto,” Basham had been instrumental in providing the local shaping community with materials, tools and space, as well as camaraderie to create world-class surfboards since 1972.

Known by his friends and fellow shapers as a kind and gentle soul, Basham dedicated his life to the art of making surfboards.

Basham reportedly died on Sunday, Feb. 20, following an accident that occurred at his shop the day before.

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  • Just a kind, productive and warm soul. If your daily circle intersected with Brads’s, you were better for it. I consider myself lucky to have had interaction with Brad over the years…..Rest easy–Godspeed!

  • Brad Basham was quiet and unassuming, which belied his many creative and athletic achievements, especially in the world of surfing. A loyal companion to Lynn, he seemed to appreciate life and people wherever he went. His absence will create a large vacuum in our community. God bless you, Brad, and Lynn.

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