Two surfboards used to provide therapeutic ocean activities for people with disabilities were reported stolen over the weekend.
A 12-foot white Infinity custom-made surfboard and a 12-foot Surftech soft-top surfboard were stolen. The boards owned by Access Surf Hawaii, a program that provides therapeutic ocean activities at White Plains Beach on Leeward Oahu for individuals with cognitive and physical disabilities, according to the company website.
According to the nonprofit program’s director, Cara Troy, the boards, which are modified with handles, were stolen from a company truck parked in front of her St. Louis Heights home. She last saw the boards on the truck in the late afternoon hours Saturday.Troy discovered the boards missing at about 7 p.m. Sunday.
Troy brought the boards to her home to prepare for paddle-out memorial set for Friday at Waikiki Walls for the late surfing legend Montgomery "Buttons" Kaluhiokalani. Kaluhiokalani was a dedicated program volunteer for the past five years. He died Nov. 3 at the age of 55.
Program founder Mark Marble is asking for the return of the surfboards, no questions asked. For more information, call Troy at 748-1820, Marble at 218-9804 or the Access Surf main number at 236-4200.