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Posted: Monday, June 2nd, 2014 1:03 PM HST

Oceanographer, top surfer Ricky Grigg dies at 77

By Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) Former top-ranked big-wave surfer and oceanographer Ricky Grigg has died.

His wife, Maria, tells the Los Angeles Times that the 77-year-old Grigg died of pneumonia May 21 at his home in Honolulu.

The celebrated surfing pioneer was also a marine researcher who explored undersea volcanoes and confirmed one of Charles Darwin's theories about the origin of tropical islands.

In the 1960s Grigg was the world's top-ranked big-wave surfer. He appeared in more than a dozen surf movies.

As an oceanographer, much of his research centered on atolls and submerged islands.



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