Watersports innovator, Herb O'Brien passed away on October, 22 at the age of 68 due to kidney complications. O'brien was a pillar in the industry as a founding member of three major companies: O'Brien Skis, Hyperlite Wakeboards, and Ronix Wakeboards. In fact, if you are riding behind a boat today you have probably been affected by his research and development.
Perhaps one of Herb's greatest accomplishments though, was the creation and cultivation of the watersports playground that is Radar Lake. In 1972 O'Brien set out to build a lake on a piece of property just outside of Redmond, Washington. The lake that he built there has become a symbol and driving force for watersport progression, and is indeed a reflection of Herb himself. Even today, the lake plays host to Ronix Wakeboards and Radar Skis.
While I never personally met O'brien, I can confidently say that he was a driven individual with a selfless passion for watersports. His legacy continues on through his son Paul O'Brien who leads Ronix Wakeboards, and his wife Pam and daughter Melissa who continue to preserve the watersports tradition at Radar Lake.
Herb O'brien has forever left his mark on the industry, and he will certainly be missed.
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