Lost surfboard turns up 1,700 miles from home

(NCS) — A big wave surfer is about to be reunited with the board he lost in a wipeout off the southern coast of Tasmania, Australia, 4 years in the past after it was discovered 1,700 miles away in North Queensland.

Danny Griffiths bailed on a wave at Pedra Branca in March 2017 and his board was nowhere to be seen when he resurfaced, he informed NCS on Thursday.

Despite trying to find the specially-made, brilliant inexperienced board with the assistance of buddies, Griffiths was pressured to present up on it and “never thought we would see it again,” he stated.

However, within the final week or so, phrase circulated via the native browsing neighborhood {that a} board from Tasmania had been present in North Queensland — some 1,700 miles away because the crow flies — and Griffiths was proven a photograph.

“As soon as I seen it I knew it was my board,” he stated. “Even with the barnacles on it, I could tell it was mine.”

Two brothers found the board covered in barnacles.

Two brothers discovered the board coated in barnacles.

Courtesy Danny Griffiths

The board had been discovered two years in the past by two brothers fishing off Magnetic Island, North Queensland, who took it home, cleaned it up and put it on show of their home, he stated.

Then the brothers’ mother and father went on a visit to Tasmania and began telling locals how their boys had discovered a locally-made board.

After phrase unfold, Griffiths obtained in contact with the pair, who’ve agreed to ship it again to its authentic proprietor.

Griffiths has since spoken to a marine scientist who informed him that the route of ocean currents means the board will need to have traveled round New Zealand on its option to Queensland.

Griffiths pictured surfing at Pedra Branca on the board.

Griffiths pictured browsing at Pedra Branca on the board.

Andrew Chisholm

He calculates that the board spent 16 months at sea, surviving due to the heavy-duty development of massive wave boards, that are far stronger than commonplace fashions.

“These boards are built for withstanding a lot of water pressure,” stated Griffiths, who added that you might in all probability run over one with a automobile with out breaking it.

This means it could have withstood any collisions with rocks or pecking from sea birds, which might have made holes in a standard board and ultimately made it sink, he added.

The board was specially made for surfing Pedra Branca.

The board was specifically made for browsing Pedra Branca.

Courtesy Danny Griffiths

Griffiths stated he had the board particularly made to surf at Pedra Branca, a tiny island situated about 26 kilometers (16 miles) off the Tasmanian coast that he solely will get to surf as soon as each two to 4 years when circumstances are proper.

In an odd coincidence, Griffiths and his buddies had been out browsing on the spot a few weeks in the past, and dialog turned to the long-lost board.

Griffiths stated he had a number of substitute boards made however none had felt pretty much as good as the unique.

“Nothing was working out that well,” he stated.

However, he expects to be reunited with the misplaced board within the subsequent week or so, and plans to check if it is nonetheless in a usable situation.



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