Friends of Steve Adler surrounded his 13-year-old son, placing their hands on the big, green Stand Up Paddleboard, Steve's prize possession, where Clark sat.
Clark said the biggest lesson his father taught him over the years was "how to be a good person."
Clark Adler, 13, kisses his dad's ashes before releasing them to sea during a paddle out
Many of the hundreds who gathered on the sand at Surfside beach on Sunday would have said Steve Adler was a great example of a good person, a mellow surfer with easygoing ways who always had a smile on his face.
The surfing and SUP community said goodbye to one of their own during a traditional paddle-out ceremony, with more than 350 people who sat or stood on boards offshore, held hands and splashed as memories were shared.
Steve Adler suffered an aneurysm in a vessel near his heart on March 11. He was 40.
(Steve was our friend and neighbor and a most tender-hearted and devoted father. We will miss him always.)