A gathering of the tribe and a true community celebration of a man who has touched the lives of countless people.
  • A gathering of the tribe and a true community celebration of a man who has touched the lives of countless people.
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In the quiet neighborhood of Azure Vista (now more widely known as Sunset Cliffs) a happening went down on April 27. It was quite a scene, attended by cats with names such as Lizard, Tar, Bud, Crobes, Tbone, Smeurz, Butter, CR, DC, Skippy, Hooty Hoo, Gidget, Bird, Shack, and about 200 friends and family of Jim “Mouse” Robb.

The Rawtones, joined by Mark Jackson, took off into the night with everybody smiling and dancing to the groovy sounds.

The Rawtones, joined by Mark Jackson, took off into the night with everybody smiling and dancing to the groovy sounds.

The occasion was the celebration of Mouse’s 80th birthday. The Sunset Cliffs Surfing Association put on the shindig, and surfers from all up and down the coast and the islands were there. But there was more to it than just a surfer stomp; it was a gathering of the tribe and a true community celebration of a man who has touched the lives of countless people.

In between sets of music by the Blonde Brothers and Friends and the Mighty Rawtones Experience, the surf club presented Mouse with a new stand-up paddle board and art work by local artist Shane Bass.

At about 5 p.m., councilman Kevin Faulconer and another representative of the city showed up to present Mouse with a plaque designating April 27, 2013, as “Jim Mouse Robb Day.”

Fire Station 22 showed their support, stopping by in a fire truck. Speeches were made about Mouse serving the nation in the Air Force, serving the community as a lifeguard, and acting as mentor for loads of surfers and people he has influenced.

Portrait of Mouse by Shane Bass

Portrait of Mouse by Shane Bass

Champion surfer Linda Benson spoke of how Mouse befriended her as a young surfer and helped her to learn the ropes after she moved to Ocean Beach as a girl.

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Mercy Baron April 29, 2013 @ 8:45 a.m.

I was invited to this party specifically to write about it in the Reader, but was going to interview Mouse this week in person first.

But "Jimi Olsen" beat me to it?? Lois Lane here...where are you "Jimi?" Or better yet, WHO are you Jimi?!

You took almost the exact same pics I did too! You really left out all the important things though that Mouse accomplished in life, as most people are not going to know who he was/is.

Hmmm...I think I see another article coming up in a more surf-like magazine.......

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