One of the most challenging aspects of URT over the years was not coming out and saying what a huge, driving force Charlie Keating IV was to us. He fully embodied not only all the ideals that define and shape URT, but also took us to places we never could have thought possible. He was the godfather and the complete personification of the brand.. Living in our hometown of Coronado, CA we all share a love of the ocean that surrounds us, and Charlie was right there, shoulder-to-shoulder with us, every hot Summer day on a surfboard or chilly Winter morning in a wetsuit with a spear gun.
On May 3rd, 2016 Naval Special Warfare Chief Petty Officer Charlie Humphrey Keating IV was killed protecting and saving innocent lives in Iraq. He received a Silver Star and Silver Cross and will always be remembered as a legend. The Aloha Warrior. He took URT with him everyday; from downtown to downrange. And now we take Charlie with us everyday.
It is with all of this that I am so proud to introduce the newly formed Charlie Humphrey Keating IV Foundation.
The love and support that flowed through the family and community inspired us to create the Chuck Heavy shirt. And it is that same love and support the community cultivated and inspired a flame within that will not be extinguished. The Charlie Humphrey Keating IV Foundation will serve as a beacon to those lucky enough to know him and a testament to those who did not.
I have partnered up with the Charlie Humphrey Keating IV Foundation in an effort to help them raise money for their mission. To learn more and donate directly please go to www.CHUCKHEAVY.org
Standing shoulder to shoulder and working alongside the Foundation we have created a collection of products where the proceeds will go directly to the Foundation in way that will preserve Charlie’s legacy for many years to come.