Blaine “Sumo” Sato is a waterman, family man and he's had success as a professional chef. While often found charging waves on the north side of the Huntington Beach Pier on a colossal 12-foot longboard stout enough to carry his burly Hawaiian frame, Sumo's real passion is serving the Lord.
Pastor Sumo's church, "H20," serves the homeless,surfers in recovery, residents in crisis, be it spiritual, physical or otherwise. He has officiated marriages, baptisms and memorial services; offering comfort when we grieve, and shares our tears of joy when we are elated! Sumo was raised on both Oahu and the Big Island, part of an extended family of nearly two dozen relatives.
In 2011, Pastor Sumo helped form the H20 Community Church in Huntington Beach and also serves as the chaplain for the city's Marine Safety Division. In February, life threw Pastor Sumo a curveball when he was diagnosed with Stage 4 colon cancer and the surf community rallied to raise funds for his healthcare. Recently, Sumo underwent an 11 hour surgery to remove two malignant tumors. Pastor Sumo has a long road to recovery, but with his loving wife, Diane and his family's unwavering support, he is optimistic and his faith in God even stronger.
“When you choose God to be on your side, even in the dark times, you can be at peace,” said Sumo's wife Diane. A friend of the Sato family remarked, “ Thank you for honoring Sumo and bringing to him what he's brought to all of us.”