Shawn "Barney" Barron, the loud and creative surfer from Santa Cruz

May 10, 2016 | Surfing
Shawn 'Barney' Barron: loud and creative

Innovator, big wave rider, artist, and friend. It's never easy to describe Shawn "Barney" Barron, but Volcom's new movie pays a generous tribute to the iconic surfer.

In 30 minutes and 41 seconds, "Barney" shares the smiles and the rides of the Santa Cruz sportsman who passed away at 44 years of age, on May 5th, 2015. Shawn Barron died of a ruptured aorta, but his friends and family will never forget him.

He suffered from bipolar disorder, but he never let his problems interfere with his creative genius. "Barney was a multi-talented individual; a man with endless interests, and a distinct smile.

"Yes, he struggled with some hurdles in his life, as we all do, but my brother was the king of random acts of kindness, a talented artist, and an innovative surfer," notes his sister Amelia.

"I and the whole community have experienced heartbreak with his loss, and I have faith that he will be remembered as he should be."

Ken "Skindog" Collins, Anthony Tashnick, Adam Repogle, Darryl "Flea" Virostko, Anthony Ruffo, Peter Mel, Jason "Ratboy" Collins, Mark "Munster" Taylor, Ozzie Wright, Ryan Buell, Chris Cote, Dave Riddle, and Alex Gray leave their thoughts on the surfer who wore superhero wetsuits in the most unexpected moments.

His surfing skills are well known. Shawn "Barney" Barron was a loud skateboarder on a surfboard, always pulling flips, barrel rolls, 360s, backflips, and unusual grab rail moves. "He was a clown in the water," notes his longtime friend Ozzie Wright.