Sitting on a board next to her son Dylan and surrounded by about 50 surfers Saturday morning, Mona Webster released the last remaining ashes of her husband Steve into the warm water just north of the Newport pier.
Ten years have passed since Newport surfer Steve Webster was killed in a bombing that hit a nightclub in Bali on Oct. 12, 2002, a terrorist attack that made international headlines after 202 people from around the world died. On Saturday, family and friends gathered to remember Webster, a surfer nicknamed “Insta-Bro” for his ability to make friends with everyone he met.
Tears and stories flowed as people gazed over photos of the all-American surfer, his surfboard standing up in the sand next to a photo as he exited the water, likely taken after finishing a session near his favorite surf break at 52nd street, where a plaque sits in his memory on the jetty rocks.
“I go down there once a month and look at it,” said long-time friend Trent Walker, who was supposed to be on the trip to Indonesia with the group of friends. “I miss him, I think about him all the time. It’s a good opportunity for us to share stories and remember – and realize how quickly time goes by, and how fleeting life really is. At the end of the day, we’re all going to end up together again.”
Webster had gone on a surf trip to Bali for his 40th birthday, and with him on the trip was John Parodi, who now lives in Huntington Beach. Parodi had surfed all day and called it an early night from the bar by 10:30 p.m., before the bomb struck.
He could hear the blast from his hotel room, and when he went outside it was chaos – four large buildings demolished, rubble and glass everywhere…