Three Stories To Make You Think Twice About Locking Up Your Surfboard

These three surfers had their fair share of good luck in the recovery of their lost boards, though, their blunders and mishaps along the way might make you think twice about adding a tracking device to yours.

Lost at Sea

The waves were perfect and there wasn’t a cloud in the sky in Ragland last week as surfer, Liv Johnson, paddled out for her morning surf.

After several hours of surfing, she finally decided it was time to go in and started paddling toward the shore. She was surfing with her favorite short board; the first board she had ever owned. She didn’t have a leash on her board so when she got close to shore she decided to push her board in with the waves while she swam in. Thinking her board would be waiting for her on the sand, she took her time swimming into shore. To her surprise, she did not see her board anywhere.

Not too worried, she started walking down the beach looking for it. “It must have washed onto shore a little farther down,” she kept telling herself. After walking about a mile down the beach, she began to panic. Her board was nowhere to be found. No one had seen it this far down the beach and she began to think the worst.

After over two hours and no sign of her board, she made one last desperate attempt to find it. She went to a nearby coffee shop and wrote on several napkins: “Lost Short Board. Please call if found,” and wrote her number at the bottom of the napkin. After posting her napkin flyers in fifteen shops and restaurants around town, she finally thought, “That’s it. My board is gone.”

She walked back to where her van was parked at the first coffee shop where she had written all of the “flyers”. She went inside and saw that beneath her message someone had written “Found board. Please come to lifeguard station.” Overjoyed, she ran back to the nearest lifeguard station where she had been surfing. The lifeguard told her that they had gotten a call from another lifeguard station about fifteen miles down the beach that the lifeguards there saw what they thought was a person drowning in a riptide off shore. When they went to rescue the “person” they discovered it was a surfboard bobbing up and down the in the rip. “I saw your post in the coffee shop and decided to respond in case it was your board,” the lifeguard told her before giving her a warning about the dangers of losing her board and eventually the address to the other lifeguard station.

“I couldn’t believe it! The lifeguards were not too happy that I didn’t have a leash on my board, but I’m so glad I got my board back,” Johnson said as she loaded her board into her van hoping that she never loses it again.


If it can happen to Kelly Slater, it can happen to you

If you follow professional surfer, Kelly Slater, on social media, you probably heard about how six months ago friend, Mike Diamond, had twenty of his one-of-a-kind surfboards stolen from his Malibu home. Having experienced something similar earlier in the year, Slater posted a photo on Instagram of Diamonds boards asking for all of his followers to look out for whoever took them. He said that he wouldn’t press charges on whoever took them as long as they were returned and that he “just wanted the boards back.” His post was also featured on later that day in hopes of recovering the stolen boards.

To our knowledge, they were never recovered. Bummer, man.

Read more about the incident here.


Surfboard CSI

Melbourne native surfer, Ross Moresi, had two of his favorite boards, both worth upwards of one thousand dollars, stolen from him earlier this summer.

Hoping that someone would have any information on his boards, he called all the surf shops in the area including the shop where he had originally bought the boards.

A few days later Moresi received a call from a shop in Thornsby who said that they had both of his boards and information on the thief.

After retrieving his boards, seeing the store video footage of the man who stole the boards, and writing down the man’s name, Moresi headed straight for the police station.

As Moresi waited to speak with an officer, a man walked in to check in for bail. As the man said his name to the officer, Moresi couldn’t believe what he was hearing. The man who was checking in for bail was the same man he had just seen on video camera with his stolen boards. Moresi told ABC Australia that the police officer arresting Daniel Burne started crying because he was laughing so hard at the situation they had ended up in. Burne said he couldn’t believe his “dumb luck” and pleaded guilty to handling stolen goods.

Although Moresi received financial compensation for the stolen boards he said, “it wasn’t about the money for me. I had bought one of those boards on my recent trip to Bali and it meant a lot to me. It was more about the sentimental value for me.”

Story adapted from this article.