When Dave Kelly and the Hawaiian South Shore Ohana heard the news they were mad and sad. Here's Access Surf, one of Hawaii's most awesome community concepts & non profits, getting ripped off blind by some selfish idiot. Yes, not 1 but 2 'expensive' customized surfboards fitted for disabled, stolen. Hows that? Well, if you know Dave, he's not one to sit around and watch life happen; he makes things happen. And when lifes unfair, he's there to make it right, especially if its for the surfing community. Here's what he told me.
"After seeing the article in the Star Advertiser I was really upset and decided to call access surf and donate the board, I called Joey who's a rep a line of boards that would be perfect for Access surf got us a board.
Joey elected to forgo his commision to help out also.
He had it delivered on his own dime as well.
That is pretty much it".
I had to feature this story. Especially during this HoliDAZE season. Thanks Dave.
Good Will to All.
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Access Surf GO HERE
Here was the story back in November the 25th.
Two surfboards used to provide therapeutic ocean activities for people with disabilities were reported stolen over the weekend (11/23).
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.