Apr 10, 2013 9:50 PM by Connie Tran, KSBY News

Family asks for community's help in finding special surfboard

A local family is asking for the community's help in finding a sentimental reminder of their loved one who died. Todd Everett, a 44-year old man from Pismo Beach, died in February after a long battle with colorectal cancer. He was an avid surfer, and at his memorial service last month in Pismo Beach, his surfboard somehow disappeared.

Todd's wife, Jennifer, said Todd was diagnosed with the cancer two years ago. But, despite the battle, Todd continued to be active. He went zipling with his six-year old son Oliver just weeks before passing.

Jennifer, Oliver, and over 200 of their closest friends and family knew there was no better way to remember Todd, than to celebrate him at Pismo Beach. They lit lanterns, and about a dozen surfers paddled out to the ocean, something Todd had requested and planned before he died. But after the memorial was over, Jennifer noticed something was missing.

"In just all of the chaos of the evening, his board just got left behind and so I don't know whether the tide picked it up that night, or whether somebody stumbled upon it and is just not quite sure what to do with it," said Jennifer.

Jennifer said the surfboard may not be the best, or the most expensive, but it was Todd's. She had hoped Oliver would learn how to surf on his late father's board. She also wanted to one day hang the board on the wall in the living room, as a daily reminder of Todd.

But, Jennifer said there may be a silver lining. She said they've received an outpouring of support on Facebook, to help find Todd's surfboard. She said a posting of the news has been shared by more than 11,500 people.



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