Tom Wilson (APB Development Manager) loses battle with health.
It is with great sadness that our life-long member Tom Wilson has sadly passed away in the early hours this morning after a long battle he endured after a severe stroke he suffered in September last year. Tom had a turn for the worst in September last year from what doctors believe to have a been stroke from a diabetic fit. He was in ICU for a few weeks as they kept him alive and his health slowly improved. Over the last 8 months he improved little by little but still suffered major damage from the stroke. This morning he lost his battle due to respiratory complications and passed away at 3:00am (Perth Australia local time)
Over the past 35 years, Tom has been dedicated to the sport with his creative mind and passionate attitude to building the sport on global level. He was also at the forefront of Surfing, being involved with Bells Beach and Margaret River ASP Surfing events when they first commenced. Tom touched a lot of people around the world throughout the surfing community and will be sadly missed by all.
Tom was the Business development manager at the APB and worked alongside CEO – Alex Leon and Tour Manager – Terry McKenna and was an executive board member and advisor for the regional branches. His extensive knowledge in sports administration played a huge part in building the APB Tour and his involvement and dedicated support for the sport was aways at the top of his list. He always dreamed of seeing the sport of Bodyboarding flourish around the globe as he was a dedicated rider himself for over 40 years and was extremely passionate about wave riding.
From the team at the APB, we are extremely saddened by his passing and our deepest condolences go out to his family and friends.
“Tom was a true advocate of the sport of Bodyboarding and a great sounding board for me personally. I learnt so much from him and will always remember him as one of my greatest mentors. Losing Willo has deeply saddened me and my team at the APB. We know he is now riding the longest waves in the world and is out of any pain that he was suffering. Tom’s legacy will be lived throughout the sport and i will always remember the amazing times we shared together. My heart is with his family and friends at this somber time. R.I.P Willo, your a true legend and will always be remembered…”- Alex Leon CEO (APB World Tour)
“Tom Had such a long rich history in surf sports including the Bells Beach Easter classic & Margaret river thriller. He was also a great supporter of Bodyboarding and was working with us on the APB world tour prior to falling ill. A brilliant man with an amazing mind and a big heart will be sorely missed by all. RIP my friend, until we meet again on the other side”🙏🏼 – Tour Manager – Teza McKenna