Encinitas Skater Dies After Falling from Cliffs

By Lauren Steussy and Brandi Powell
|  Friday, Sep 28, 2012  |  Updated 3:28 PM PDT
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Remembering Ian "Poods" Barry

This photo of Ian Barry was taken by photographer Ryan Lusteg in 2010.

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A 22-year-old man found unconscious at the base of a Leucadia cliff early Thursday morning has died, authorities confirmed.

At about 3 a.m., Ian Barry was found at Beacon's Beach, at the base of a 100-foot cliff in Leucadia State Beach by a bystander who was out for a walk.

Barry, a fixture in the North County known by his friends in the skateboarding community as "Poods," was discovered with life-threatening injuries and was unconscious when medics arrived.

He was immediately transported to Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla. Despite aggressive efforts, Barry succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead a few hours later, the Medical Examiner’s office confirmed.

Barry lived in Encinitas with his parents and worked at the clothing company Brixton in Oceanside. Reached by phone on Friday, Barry's boss David Stoddard said he was "the most amazing young adult ever."

"He looked out for everyone before himself," Stoddard said. "He was a guy that everyone wanted to be around. He loved skateboarding, motorcycles and his friends."

Barry often skateboarded at Leucadia Oaks Park, a tight-knit skateboarding community, said Nick Klein, a close friend of Barry's. Klein said nearly everyone at the park knew who he was.

Klein said he had no idea why Barry would have been on the bluffs Thursday morning. Authorities said it appeared he fell from the cliff above the beach. They did not suspect foul play. The official cause of Barry’s death has not been released and is currently under investigation.

On Friday as word spread of Barry's death, the skateboarding community shared their memories of Barry.

Barry was featured in a 2011 edition of SoggyBones Magazine, which described him as a "soft-spoken, humble ripper who finds his fulfillment through riding his skateboarding -- not at the bottom of a liquor bottle."

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