Photos: My first photo
of Troy doing his money turn in Huntington Beach,
a frontside snap. He got bonus points for watching
his spray on this one...something we all did back
then. Next photo is of Troy at Oceanside Harbor
before the north jetty was extended. The last image
is a Surfplus team photo from 1987. Troy is in the
upper right...with the cleanest board of course.
*Click photos for full size versions.
Troy was an exceptionally gifted young artist. He was
equally at home painting large wall murals or designing
tshirt prints. His designs were utilized by surf companies
such as Quiksilver, Billabong, OP, Waterman's Guild
and Rex Surfboards as well as a variety of non-surf-related
companies like Disney and Lucky Brand.
As a surfer, Troy's smooth and polished
approach was a pleasure to witness. His quick frontside
snap was his favorite move and he enjoyed "throwing
buckets" while riding rights at his favorite wave,
Lowers. We have countless memories of watching Troy
from the back of the wave...throwing fan after fan after
fan...all the way down the cobblestone point.
Art and surfing aside, Troy will
be missed most for his friendship. Troy was the type
of person that was kind to everyoneyoung and old
alike. He was honest, loyal and had depth of character.
His easy going personality attracted legions of friends,
yet he made each one of us feel special.
Troy Montamble was a wonderful gift
from above. We are thankful to God for the chance to
have been called Troy's friends. We feel honored, blessed,
and privileged to have enjoyed the past 15 years with
Troy...he was truly a remarkable human being! We look
forward with great anticipation to the day we will meet
our friend again in heaven.
& the Boardfolio.com Family
Ceremony / Thoughts & Memories of Troy
On October 6, 2001, we paddled out at Blackies in Newport
Beach to celebrate Troy's life and legacy. It was a
beautiful afternoon to gather with friends and family
and an extremely special time to honor our dear friend.
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by Troy's friends or to leave your own thoughts, click
Special Thoughts from
June 14, 2001 Troy's
life ended on this earth and he began a new life, one
that he could never have imagined.
June 14, 2001 Linda's life as she
knew it ended and she began a new life, one that she
could never have imagined. How will she continue to
live without Troy?
When two human beings are as close
as possible to being one and one is ripped from your
body—the pain is unbearable. There is no name
for the pain that I am going through. I can only describe
the pain of losing Troy is like a disease taken over
my heart which there is no cure—it is terminal.
Although I continue to fight this disease, I realize
the person I caught this disease from is also the one
who is able to keep me living. Thinking of Troy throughout
the day gives me strength to keep the disease under
control—it is the medicine I take many times throughout
the day. My medicine is Troy's smile/smirk, his laughter,
his sense of humor. Troy had more courage and strength
than anyone I have known. He was generous and kind to
all living things, his talent as an artist and so modest
about his work (he was one of a kind). I was always
so proud of Troy, he gave us all so much happiness.
Troy was fearless because of his trust in life, he never
complained even in his darkest hour. Troy was a happy
baby, little boy and young man, his heart was bigger
than life itself. There was no room in Troy's heart
for hate, he was kind and sensitive to everyone's feelings
and never judged anyone. Troy was gifted in so many
ways. One of those gifts he had was to live every day
to the fullest. His love for life was larger than anyone
could imagine. Troy was able to balance work and play,
which came with the common sense he had. Troy's graduation
day at Long Beach State University can only be described
by looking at his face that day. Troy loved surfing,
it was on his mind the minute he woke up everyday. Most
of Troy's happy times were with his family and friends.
Each and every one was so much a part of his life and
so important to Troy. I cherish every moment I had with
Troy. Troy was my hero. I feel so lucky I had Troy for
over 31 years. Three important words of Troy's were
Life, Family and Friends, and he lived his life by those
3 words. All of us are different in some ways since
June 14, 2001. Troy changed my life forever and I don't
doubt he changed yours. Troy will live in our hearts
and minds forever. Troy will never, ever be forgotten.
When you feel sad and think about
how much you miss Troy—close your eyes like I
do and you too will see Troy's beautiful face with that
smile/smirk looking back at you, you too will hear Troy
say—dry those tears, for I am near.
Troy, someday I will be able to
hold you in my arms again.
Until then, I love and miss you
with all my heart.
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