We have just learned yesterday, that one of greatest friends of Ocean Beach has passed. Mike Berrill – who lived for decades with his wife Sue and daughter Amanda on Saratoga Avenue in Casa Berrill – had been in poor health recently. We are deeply saddened for the Berrill family and for Ocean Beach.
Mike Berrill was one of the original founders of that quirky – but oh-so-OB group – the Ocean Beach Geriatric Surf Club – also known by its much longer, original handle, the Ocean Beach Geriatric Surf Club Precision Marching Surfboard Drill Team and Gidget Patrol.
Its members would march in parades – including the annual OB holiday parade – suited up in swimsuits and surfboards, some with ironing boards – women and men – and gyrate and dance to surf music while they marched, all the while making fun of surf culture and having fun. They were wonderful to watch, as many OBceans did over the years. The Club had faded in past years and quit making public appearances. Some of them did appear in the holiday parade in 2009.
Please, if you have thoughts about Mike or his creation, the OB Geriatric Surf Club, come make them here. Or if you have photos of Mike or the Club in parade or in parade rest, sent them to us to publish email@example.com
Peace, Mike Berrill – you brought a loud of laughter to Ocean Beach and you allowed us to laugh at ourselves.