Noted Surfing Historian Will Lucas Has Passed Away

Noted east coast surfing historian and videographer Will Lucas passed away on the 20th of August after a long battle with cancer.

Will was a prolific chronicler of east coast surfing history, with a catalog of over 200 self-produced videos-many culled from his extensive collection of 8mm films on his website Surf64 Productions  and the companion Youtube channel. Although he often interviewed well known surfing legends, his passion was recording ordinary surfers and lesser known surfing communities that were often ignored by the established surfing media.

Will and Karen

Because of this Will and his wife Karen had an extensive network of lifelong friends, many of whom became subjects of his videos. Will also documented his battle with cancer through the lens of his service in Vietnam where he was exposed to Agent Orange – the cause of his affliction. He faced his demise honestly and bravely, always with a sense of humor, avoiding any self-pity.

Will was a generous supporter of the Florida Surf Museum which presented many of his videos to the public. His contributions to surfing history are important and substantial and he will be missed by his friends and surfing family.


  • Thank you for your wonderful article on Will Lucas. There will be a Celebration of Life for Will on Sunday, Sept.2nd from 2 PM-4 PM at the Melbourne Beach Town Hall on Ocean Ave., next to Ryckman Park.

    Karen Lucas22 August, 2018

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