aka Pugh, Curt,
All World, World
10/16/1958 – 6/29/2020
If the quality of one’s life can be measured by the circumference of that person’s circle of friends, then Bob’s circle will require the entirety of the Rincon Cove stretching west to the bombora to fit it.
Born and raised in Margate City on Absecon Island, New Jersey, Bob Puher spent his childhood playing sandlot sports with his peers and surfing during the warm months. He was a great and gifted athlete and if there was a neighborhood pickup game of football, basketball or baseball, Bob was a perennial first pick. But the sport Bob fell in love with, and built his life around, was surfing. Throughout his youth, Bob was respected as one of South Jersey’s top surfers. At the many breaks on Absecon Island, Bob, aka “Pugh,” was always a standout and established a reputation as “best guy out” every session he surfed. But the East Coast’s fickle, and too-often unchallenging, surf wasn’t enough for Pugh and he migrated to Carpinteria in October of 1979.
Bob’s first winter surf season in California was epic. The winter of 1979-80 was noteworthy for consistency and size—and Pugh was on every swell—and ripped. He quickly rose to the top of the pecking order at Rincon, was respected for his surfing, given space for his willingness to scrap with the established locals, and became the Favorite Uncle among the well-known Pit Crew at Rincon.
Bob worked in several professions starting with assistant manager at a local avocado orchard, assistant manager for West Coast Mobile Home Services, and a commercial fisherman.
Bob leaves an older sister Maryann and several nieces and nephews. Losing Bob is a loss for all of us who knew him and loved him. We can fill the void of his passing by sharing memories of him. In that way, we will keep him alive and loved.
Covid concerns make a traditional surfers paddle out and send off unsafe for attendees and the local community. Please express your wishes on his obituary page on coastalview.com.