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The Hugh Shaw Memorial Surf Classic Celebrates 30 Years

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A Special Feeling Was In The Air

Friends and families gathered together on the beach last Saturday to Celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the Hugh Shaw Memorial Surf Classic. Shaw was a student at Flagler College, class of 1983. Two weeks before his graduation, Hugh lost his life in an auto accident. The Hugh Shaw Memorial Longboard Classic was started in his memory. The Hugh Shaw Memorial Longboard Classic has grown over the years and is now celebrated by generations.

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Linda Bevilacqua Farber and her niece kick it at the beach.

With hundreds on the beach last weekend, the impact Shaw had, not only on this community, but also on his Flagler family is remarkable. Many come back to St Augustine to remember their friend doing what he loved, surfing.

”Every year I come to this event and I am touched,” said Mary Shaw, Hugh’s sister. “This has become a family affair with families coming together, the Flagler family, the surf family and individual families coming together to remember someone not on this Earth but in our hearts,” she continued choking back tears.

Hugh’s girlfriend, Linda Bevilacqua-Farber was instrumental in the founding of this event. “After the accident we wanted to do something to remember Hugh,” she said. “It’s amazing, all the young people now say, I’m going to the Hugh Shaw,” Farber said with a twinkle in her eye.

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Mary, Beth and Charlotte enjoy the day at the beach!

Shaw’s parents were also at the event, enjoying the day and taking it all in. Mac and Charlotte Shaw, set up an endowed scholarship to honor their son. The Hugh Shaw Memorial Longboard Classic has raised over $60,000 in scholarship monies. The scholarship is to be awarded to a Flagler student majoring in Philosophy and Religion.

“All these kids have worked for thirty years to put this on,” said Charlotte Shaw. ‘They are just special!” she exclaimed. Last weekend, during the Flagler Alumni Weekend, the organizers of this event received the Flagler College Service Award for their dedication and commitment to Flagler College and  The Hugh Shaw Memorial Longboard Classic.

Beth Shaw Masters was a senior in high school when she lost her brother. Although she never had the chance to surf with Hugh, she was out on the waves last Saturday. “This is powerful!” she observed as she looked at the crowd. “It transcends my words. I feel incredibly blessed.”

Linda Bevilacqua-Farber also participated last Saturday. She shared her private thoughts, “As I was out on the waves I kinda talked to Hugh,” she said. “Look at all the love that has been shown to you all these years,” she shared.

By the feelings in the air on Saturday, everyone would agree, there was no doubt about it, Love… it transcends everything!

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