Obituaries

Becker, Eaton shaped surfing

By Kevin Cody

by Kevin Cody Phil Becker and Mike Eaton grew up on the Peninsula, across the street from one another, and retired near to one another on the Big Island of Hawaii. Between those periods, during the Gold Era of Surfing,  the lifelong friends became celebrated surfboard shapers. Becker passed away Feb. 25, at age 81. Seven days later, Eaton passed away from a stroke, at age 86. “We all lived near Lunada Bay, across from the garbanzo bean or wheat…