In Memory of Magilla Schaus

Magilla Schaus, an incredible character and THE supporter of all things Great Lakes lost his battle with cancer yesterday.  His hard work and dedication to the surfing life touched all who knew him.  There is no one word to describe the guy, he could be funny, serious, confounding, determined,  zany, loyal, optimistic and brave.  

When Edgewater Park in Cleveland was in danger of a misguided, wave killing breakwall plan it was Magilla who drove all the way from his home in Buffalo to stand with us. 

That’s was him. For me, the one word that best describes him is “giving.”

Here is the last email I ever got from him:

From: <>
Subject: Re: Scott Ditzenberger’s Out of Place movie news
Date: Thursday, August 20, 2009, 7:46 AM


Sorry to hear you’re still looking for work. What is your address in the big apple? I will send you a few bucks to tide you over.

Magilla Schaus