Custom board for disabled surfer stolen before surf contest
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) — A burglary at the Ewa Hotel in Waikiki has left a competitive surfer stranded.
Spike Kane was due to hit the waters of Waikiki Beach this week for the Access Surf Hawaii Adaptive Surfing Championship, but on Sunday morning he discovered his custom board was missing, with Kane spending the rest of the day searching for answers .
“We checked that no staff had moved it, then they checked in the storage room.” Kane told Hawaii News Now. “We looked around the property, we couldn’t find it.
Kane says hotel security showed him footage of two individuals on a moped taking his board around 9:00 p.m. Saturday night from the hotel garage.
What was missing? A custom adaptive surfboard that costs around $1,000.
“It’s difficult because I loved this board.” Kane said. “It’s custom made just for me and it’s worked really well and so you know it’s taken my comfort level away from me.”
Once it was learned that the board had been stolen, the community took action with the Waikiki Beach Boys on the prowl, as well as several social media posts to help locate the board and even world champion surfer Makua Rothman offered to help get Kane some new advice ahead of Wednesday’s competition.
“It’s just a testament to what a tight-knit community is and how supportive they have always been of adaptive surfing.” Kane said.
Kane also filed a police report, but says he won’t press charges.
“You really don’t know what these people are going through, you don’t want to add to their trauma or their drama or whatever is going on.” Kane said. “At the end of the day it’s just the board and no one gets hurt, no one gets hurt and it will show, I’m pretty sure.”
If anyone has seen or found the painting, contact AccesSurf Hawaii.
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