- 03 August 2013 | Windsurfing
Andre Paskowski has passed away at 31, after losing the battle against cancer.
The German windsurfer has been a brave example of courage and perseverance. Paskowski, who was also a great filmmaker, left a final letter to his family and friends.
"Over the last years we have given everything, but this fight was not one I could win, not even with the great support I got from all of you", says Paskowski.
"In the first months I was able to build on the great strength reserves in my body which enabled me to pursue my passion of windsurfing almost fully".
"In the first months I was able to build on the great strength reserves in my body which enabled me to pursue my passion of windsurfing almost fully, despite chemo and surgeries. During this time, the chances of complete recovery were still very high, but with such a diagnosis, I tried to organize my fife anew".
"In the 10 years of my professional windsurfing career, I rarely spent more than 30 days a year in Germany. My parents almost spent more time with me at the airport than at home in Hamburg. This is why, besides putting a lot of energy into my last film project, I've tried to spend as much time possible with them".
"I got to show them the most beautiful places in the world, show them why I loved my job so much and make them acquainted with many of my good friends. We enjoyed this time very much and are thankful that we were able to experience it".
"My greatest joy was that I met my girlfriend Carolina and was allowed to spend the best time of my life with her. Despite the fact that by this time my disease was already advanced, we went on some great trips and didn't leave a singe wave unridden".
"She was by my side until the end, something that demands great strength and for which I am grateful. Carolina and a few other friends will finish my last film 'Below The Surface'".
"It is very hard to let go forever. I hope for my family, my friends and especially for Carolina, that they will soon get over the pain. Don't be too hard on yourself, be nice to one another and enjoy every moment in life".
Andre PaSkowsk was born on the 16th April 1982 and left our waves on the 2nd August 2013. His legacy will surely live on.
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