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City fire and lifeguard crews end search for surfer after 3 days

  • KAT WADE / SPECIAL TO THE STAR-ADVERTISERLeutenant Commander, Nick Worst, left, with the Coast Guard Honolulu Sector and Captain Terry Seelig, the public information officer for Honolulu Fire Dept. look over the drop point of a buoy charts at the Honolulu Fire Command and Control Center. Joint search and rescue operations between the U.S. Coast Guard, Honolulu Police and Honolulu Fire Department continue on Thursday, November 14, 2013 on the North Shore for surfer, Kirk Passmore, who went missing between Waimea Bay and Haleiwa on Wednesday.
    KAT WADE / SPECIAL TO THE STAR-ADVERTISER
    Leutenant Commander, Nick Worst, left, with the Coast Guard Honolulu Sector and Captain Terry Seelig, the public information officer for Honolulu Fire Dept. look over the drop point of a buoy charts at the Honolulu Fire Command and Control Center. Joint search and rescue operations between the U.S. Coast Guard, Honolulu Police and Honolulu Fire Department continue on Thursday, November 14, 2013 on the North Shore for surfer, Kirk Passmore, who went missing between Waimea Bay and Haleiwa on Wednesday.

Fire and Ocean Safety personnel concluded their three-day search at dusk Saturday for missing Haleiwa surfer Kirk Passmore.

A 20-foot wave broke on top of the 32-year-old big wave rider 11:20 a.m. Wednesday at Alligator Rock, a surf spot near Waimea Bay.

A high surf warning was in effect Wednesday due to a north swell.

His surfboard, broken in half with its leash pulled out, was recovered at Chun’s Reef.

Passmore was co-owner of Three Stones, a Waialua surf shop, and a bartender at Banzai Sushi Bar in Haleiwa.

Passmore grew up in Carlsbad, Calif., and surfed in Mexico, Baja California, southern France and Maverick’s in Northern California, accoding to family and friends.

The Coast Guard ended its search at sunset Friday.

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