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The paddle out circle looks up as a Coast Guard helicopter serendipitously flies overhead on Nov. 12 at Malibu Surfrider Beach. Photos Submitted
Denise Peak (left) and Gigi Awbrey gather for a photo at the memorial paddle out for Matthew Awbrey.
Lauren Coughlin, Editor
1:52 pm PST November 27, 2017

In the tranquil sea, Malibu surfers and members of the many athletic communities with which Matthew Awbrey was affiliated gathered, hand-in-hand, to reflect on the life and impact of the 20-year-old who died Oct. 27.

According to Matthew’s father, Larry Awbrey, roughly 450 Malibuites paid their respects to the family between the Nov. 5 memorial service at Malibu Presbyterian and the Nov. 12 paddle out at First Point.