As reported by SURFER, Daniels not only was an incredible surfer in his own day (he graced the cover of the magazine way back in 1976), but was one of the world’s most influential surfboard shapers.
Daniels shaped over 40,000 boards during his illustrious career operating under the Basque-based shaping label Pukas, and was noted for the close relationships he maintained with many surfers on tour.
His passing made an immediate impact in the surfing community:
Peter Daniels, você era demais, uma pessoa boa e um ótimo coração, sua prancha me fez garantir a qualificação para o WCT, vencendo o campeonato da França em 2005. Muito obrigado por tudo velho. RIP 🙏/ Peter Daniels you are great person and amazing human, your surfboard help me a lot on my qualification to the world tour, this photo was in France 2005, epic event, thanks for everything buddy bye old man 🙏RIP.
R.I.P. Peter Daniels you will be missed my friend 🙏🏽 The hardest part about traveling is getting to know a lot of really good people who you don’t get to see all the time and Peter was one of those friends that I had s lot of good times just talking about surf and life in general I will miss him and hope to meet up again one day:) #weareonlyhereforashorttime #untilwemeetagain
Perhaps, the most succinct remembrance of Daniels was offered by Pukas, which shared a photo of Daniels on Instagram stating simply, “We will miss you very much, you have been too well loved to ever be forgotten.”
Read more about the impact of the surfing icon at SURFER.
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