A paddleout and services were held Thursday to remember a San Clemente man who died after diving off Laguna's Picnic Beach on May 27.
Andrew Brislen, 40, was found tangled in a kelp bed about 200 yards offshore.
Michelle Brislen, his widow, organized the morning paddleout in his honor at North Beach in San Clemente. A service followed nearby at Ole Hanson Beach Club at 4 p.m.
She said she wants her husband to be remembered for his positive outlook, sense of humor and zest for life.
"He was a little kid at heart, and I think he brought that out in everyone," she said.
She said he always put his family first and took time off from work to meet them for lunch or swim together at Laguna Beach High School. He was one test away from earning his architect's license, his wife said.