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Surfers honor late NFL star Seau with 'paddle-out'

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A surfer wades into the surf for a ceremony during a "paddle-out" in honor of NFL star Junior Seau on May 6, in Oceanside, Calif.

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Fred Hodges shows a surfboard he decorated.

San Diegans took to the water Sunday in remembrance of hometown hero Junior Seau.

Locals were invited to bring their surfboards to the south side of the Oceanside Pier in Oceanside, near Seau’s beachfront home.

The group that gathered planned to paddle out into the water at 12:45 p.m. as a way of honoring Seau and showing community support and solidarity for his family.

Junior Seau, who played for various NFL teams including the San Diego Chargers, Miami Dolphins and New England Patriots was found dead in his home on May 2nd of an apparent suicide.

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Bryn Best waves to surfers in the water during the "paddle-out" ceremony.

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Surfers prepare go into the surf.

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Surfers ride their boards out into the surf.