OBITUARY

Frank Ambrose SENTES

April 19, 1949May 30, 2019

Frank Ambrose SENTES was born on April 19, 1949 and passed away on May 30, 2019.

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Phil Ranger

June 15, 2019

Just came up with another. Frank and I were riding Oxnard Shores on a sweet south swell maybe 12-15 years ago. All of a sudden I hear Frank yelling for me to come over to him. He'd wiped out and drove his finger into the sand, dislocating it and he couldn't pull it back into proper position himself. It took about half a dozen tries due to wet water and hands slipping but we did get it straight once again. That finger was messed up for a long time.

Phil Ranger

June 15, 2019

The character limits force me to submit another story or two. I recall while home on leave in the Coast Guard driving Linda to Monterey so she could visit Frank. Just so happens that was the weekend they conceived Aaron.
Additionally, Frank was a clerk at Fort Ord and just so happened to doctor Jock Sutherland's, one of best surfers in the world at the time, orders so he wouldn't have to be shipped out to Viet Nam.
Mike Smith's sister Robin has a dilly of a story she will be submitting soon. Stay tuned. Here's a 1960's photo of Frank on the tip at Ventura's best beach break for many years, Stanley's Steakhouse, the destruction of which can be seen in Larry Bennett's Surfing Inspiration. Thanks to the freeway and Seacliff exit, sand has greatly diminished in this area. Besides Mike Smith, Frank was one of best nose riders around.

Phil Ranger

June 15, 2019

My condolences to all the family. I'll never forget the big south session Frank and I had at Solimar point on minus tide. Taking off halfway to reef it seemed, performing multiple go behinds on steep swells well before breaking, loosing our voices hollering in joy.
I'm so grateful to Keith Potter for his tireless care for Frank delivering fruit and burritos multiple times, and the doctor updates, going well beyond friendship, and from June Lake. I saw Frank 6 days prior to passing on a Fri eve showing him photos and having typical deep philosophical discussions. Frank's last words to me were, "Range, I'm going to beat this and return to Ventura soon." A fighter with a mission for sure. Frank was a master carpenter, highly accomplished surfer, excellent videographer and photographer, appreciator of unique music, and no doubt one of the funniest people on earth. Would have been a terrific stand-up comic. I miss him a lot. Huge thanks to Sandy as well for all she did for Frank for many years.

Keith Potter

June 14, 2019

My best friend growing up so many laughs and good times . From long surf days at the point to racus nights at the 101 drive in. No one was more full of life and so willing to share that joy than Frank...... love ya buddy......

Keith Potter

David Immel

June 11, 2019

A great comedic light has gone out
Frank brought many a man to tears of laughter
He will be missed in so many ways.
Go ride the big Kahuna to the other side Frankie, I'll see you there!!

D. Immel