Notable surfboard shaper found dead at San Diego beach

Surfboard Sander Kenny Mann in his room at Moonlight Glassing, 1979 and 2014. RIP Kenny #sandlikekenny #KennyMann #surfysurfy

Posted by Surfy Surfy on Sunday, November 1, 2015

It was a sad weekend for the surfing industry.

Co-founder of Moonlight Glassing, a San Diego-based surfboard company, Kenny Mann was found dead early Friday morning at Swami’s State Beach in Encinitas, California.

Mann was in his wetsuit and still attached to his surfboard when he was found early in the morning, according to SURFER.

Authorities and friends believe he was going out for a late night session Thursday night, lit by the nearly full moon.

Night surfing was a tradition of Mann’s, something he did for more than 40 years.

Mann has been in the industry for over the past 45 years and has worked on boards for notable surfers like Pat Curren, Kelly Slater, Rob Machado, Micky Dora, Dale Velzy and Damien Hobgood.

Long-time friend and local surf shop owner J.P. St. Pierre told Fox 5 San Diego Mann had no underlying medical condition.

“In the surfboard industry, [Kenny’s] a legend. I don’t think anyone has sanded more surfboards than him. He’s made surfboards for some of the biggest surfers in the world,” St. Pierre told Fox 5 San Diego.

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