Dangerous waves kill man, hinder search for Kauai surfer - News

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High surf created dangerous conditions for surfers and boaters yesterday. On Kauai, searchers were not able to recover the body of a 35-year-old surfer missing since Friday afternoon.

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I am really hoping we are discussing two different stories here.... Aaron (the 34, not yet 35 yr old) who has not been found is my brother.

He was an experienced surfer (16 years) and the nicest guy (not being biased) you would ever meet. He gave everyone the time of day and his passion for life was enormous.

It doesn't seem real yet and can't believe he is gone. I am going out to Hawaii in the next couple of days to be with Sofia (please pray for her) and the rest of my family. Rest in peace Aaron....we love you and you will always be in our thoughts. We have so many awesome memories of you and will cherish them forever!
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Ash wrote:
I am really hoping we are discussing two different stories here.... Aaron (the 34, not yet 35 yr old) who has not been found is my brother.
He was an experienced surfer (16 years) and the nicest guy (not being biased) you would ever meet. He gave everyone the time of day and his passion for life was enormous.
It doesn't seem real yet and can't believe he is gone. I am going out to Hawaii in the next couple of days to be with Sofia (please pray for her) and the rest of my family. Rest in peace Aaron....we love you and you will always be in our thoughts. We have so many awesome memories of you and will cherish them forever!
yes, there was two discussions going on here --- most of the discussion in this thread was about a local couple that went into the surf at a body surfing beach on Oahu know as Sandy Beach --- what they did was extremely foolish because they ignored all warnings and were in place they were told not to be

as far as the loss of your brother, the people of Hawaii have a lot of respect for the ocean and the sport of surfing ... and I am sure the surfing community, in particular, understands and is very sorry for your loss
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I still can not get the day out of my mind! I was the initial 911 caller at crack 14. I watched it all happen....from him surfing, duck diving and then all hell broke loose. The swell was large but it picked up from 6-8 ft backs to 12-15 ft within 30 minutes. It looked like Aaron was a little under gunned and was trying to catch an inside wave so he could get out. Some sets began to roll in and he started to paddle out and was successful duck diving the first large wave. It was not a top to bottom braking but more of a roller. After he came up he still had his board, but the wave had sucked him too far to the inside and the next one was a Hugh top to bottom beast. His leash broke and as he was working himself in the waves just never stopped. He got pinned numerous times before he came past the ledge going into Donkey's right in front of me. He looked me square in my eyes and I knew he knew he was going to drown. He was peaceful and very much resigned to his fate, which had nothing to do with his abilities..just wrong place wrong time. His arms were no longer fighting and he could barley keep his head up. The next wave came and wrapped him into Donkey's and he never surfaced again. I am so sorry for his wife..she was there and.... i don't know what to feel.
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Mar 16, 2009
 
Ash wrote:
I am really hoping we are discussing two different stories here.... Aaron (the 34, not yet 35 yr old) who has not been found is my brother.
He was an experienced surfer (16 years) and the nicest guy (not being biased) you would ever meet. He gave everyone the time of day and his passion for life was enormous.
It doesn't seem real yet and can't believe he is gone. I am going out to Hawaii in the next couple of days to be with Sofia (please pray for her) and the rest of my family. Rest in peace Aaron....we love you and you will always be in our thoughts. We have so many awesome memories of you and will cherish them forever!
I am so sorry for you and your family.
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#36
Mar 16, 2009
 
Aaron was a great guy I went to high school with him. He was not stupid and lots of people especialy his wife will miss him.
Thanks Keith and Jessica
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I think all of you need to get your story straight... this is someones husband, brother, son, friend.... and all you have to say is this BS about how hes stupid, didnt have fins, blah, blah ... Im just wondering where you get your facts from because I haven't seen any news article discussing his intelegence levels, whether he was wearing fins, if he should or shouldn't have been out there. I do know this man and his wife personally, he was an expirienced surfer, and he would not have put himself purposly in a situation that he didn't think he could handle. He wouldn't want to risk his life when he knows that there are so many people out there that love him. There is obviously more to the story then you are getting. So far the reality of it is that he was just caught in the wrong place at the wrong time... it happens to everyone at some point in their lives and unfortunatly for him the outcome was tragic. So stop using the word stupid when someones life may have been loss. If anyone here is ignorant it is the person who thinks that its ok to publicly post such rude things about a person they don't even know at a time like this.
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Mar 16, 2009
 
Aaron was a great guy, a funny guy and he will be missed by alot of people especially his wife. He was not stupid and im sure he didnt plan on getting into such a dangerous situation but bad sh-t happens to everyone no and then.
We went to High school with Aaron and we will miss him, good bye bro!
Keith and Jessica
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Mar 16, 2009
 
Aaron will continue to make me smile in his absence. My memories of him go back to his youth, and into my old age. He was not a risk taker as much as a life liver. In his youth, he was very aware of an unforgiving world, but also a vast awareness of what the world had to offer, and he went for it. Not many of us can say that we have lived our dreams, turned hardships into joy, and the only regret he took with him would be the pain his void will leave behind for his family and those who love him. I will miss hearing of your adventures AAron, but I will always remember your drive to live life and bring joy to others. Please pray for his family- he was deeply loved.
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Ashley, It happened just like 911 Caller describes. I was surfing at Crack 14 that day and had just caught a smaller 6-foot Haw'n wave in through the cove five minutes prior. At the time I knew that wave was a total blessing and my ticket to survival. Five minutes later it started step-laddering out to sea. There were only 5 or 6 surfers out at this time and most of them got rolled and broke their leashes. I was now running along the edge of the bay up toward the southern point. 20 years ago I got washed up into the rocks at this spot, but this was by far a worse case scenario. One local boy managed to come in up the rocks on the north side of this point. Moments later Aaron was right in front of the point and rapidly getting swept to the south. He went under three or four waves as I scrambled around the point. The last time I saw him he came up past the point and I knew that he was now beyond my rescue capability. I've been second guessing myself over the past few days for not continuing around the point further, but I knew in my heart that any attempt to get him would have been futile and only would have put me in his same situation. The waves were relentless at this time, no break in the action whatsoever. Like 911 Caller describes, it was now breaking top to bottom just yards out from the shoreline rock boulders. The problem was that this swell was straight north. Crack 14 is best on a north-east direction swell in which the ideal line-up is in front of the hill on the north side of the bay. But when it's big and north it breaks in the middle of the channel, making it a shoe-in to get swept into the rocks on the southern point of the bay. It was a deathtrap out there that day, and a miracle that no one else died. I'm so sorry for your loss... my condolences, God bless, Brian
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Mar 16, 2009
 
Family & friends...I am so sorry for your loss! I have some good memories of Aaron when we lived in Chisago. Rest in peace Aaron! My prayers are with you all!
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Mar 16, 2009
 
I never met Aaron but Im his wife´s sister in law and i know he was a good men as far a I saw sofia. I just hope his body never appear because that will be too painfull for all of us. If the ocean wants to keep it nobody can do anything about it. And i know sofia knows that. God bless you Aaron wherever you are.
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Aaron was a great person with a zest for life that very few people have. He was loved by everyone whose lives he touched because he was so engaging and genuine. My heart aches for his wife and family. Please know that I am praying for you all-let God carry you. We all know where Aaron is, and although his life on earth was too short, he is in paradise now! You will all be reunited one day.
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Mar 17, 2009
 
I'm so sorry for your loss Sofia. Your sis got ahold of me and let me know. I'm sure Aaron is in a good place now. Take care....
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Well what can I say…Aaaron was my friend, I had the opportunity to meet him here in PANAMA and was a cool guy..almost the coolest guy I have met before, I was so proud of my sister to has a husband like him…Sometimes we think things, but life sometimes have planed other to us..I feel so confused and realy realy bad for him..See U bro as you allways told me “WHAT´S YOUR NAME TOTY” RIP
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Mar 21, 2009
 
Rest in peace Aaron...I will help your mom and wife and all who knew you... when they get back home. Many Angels are here to help them!!!
You lived life to the fullest and your zest for friendships and family will always be in everyones heart!!!
family in MN

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Mar 21, 2009
 
Thank you all for your thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time. It is very comforting to know he was loved by so many. He was a very rich man to have so many that cared and loved him.
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That's what happens when you have a person that has only been here for a short time and just paddles out to surf spots that they "think" they know... Every element plays a factor in the way the ocean behaves including swell direction, wind and tides. The locals that paddle out at these spots on these huge days have surfed it their entire lives in EVERY condition the beaches see. They know every inch of the place like the back of their hands they know every crevice and crack on the ocean floor at their home breaks. Kauai's beaches and tides aren't like anywhere else. Sorry for your loss and God Bless your families that grieve because of their loss....But hopefully it's a lesson to newcomers who move here and decide to "think" they know what's up. It's the haoles with the attitudes like they are natives just because they lived here for 5-10 years that don't belong here... KEEP-it-KAUAI-it. RESPECT this place and respect it and remember that this is not your "home" just because you lived here a few years. If not DON'T COME TO KAUAI. WE DON't NEED ANYMORE HAOLES ON THIS ISLAND. MOVE SOMEWHERE ELSE cuz us KANAKAs are gonna start ERADICATING haoles real soon.
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kaenapoint wrote:
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yes, there was two discussions going on here --- most of the discussion in this thread was about a local couple that went into the surf at a body surfing beach on Oahu know as Sandy Beach --- what they did was extremely foolish because they ignored all warnings and were in place they were told not to be
as far as the loss of your brother, the people of Hawaii have a lot of respect for the ocean and the sport of surfing ... and I am sure the surfing community, in particular, understands and is very sorry for your loss
OBVIOUSLY he wasn't "EXPERIENCED" ENOUGH>>>>That's what happens when you have a person that has only been here for a short time and just paddles out to surf spots that they "think" they know... The Ocean where you haoles are from is NOTHING like the ocean here...OUR oceans in HAWAII have "MANA" (POWER). SPIRITUAL POWER. this island and it's ocean have a SPIRIT and are VERY MUCH ALIVE AND LIVING...Every element plays a factor in the way the ocean behaves including swell direction, wind and tides. The locals that paddle out at these spots on these huge days have surfed it their entire lives in EVERY condition the beaches see. They know every inch of the place like the back of their hands they know every crevice and crack on the ocean floor at their home breaks. Kauai's beaches and tides aren't like anywhere else. Sorry for your loss and God Bless your families that grieve because of their loss....But hopefully it's a lesson to newcomers who move here and decide to "think" they know what's up. It's the haoles with the attitudes like they are natives just because they lived here for 5-10 years that don't belong here... KEEP-it-KAUAI-it. RESPECT this place and respect it and remember that this is not your "home" just because you lived here a few years. If not DON'T COME TO KAUAI. WE DON't NEED ANYMORE HAOLES ON THIS ISLAND. MOVE SOMEWHERE ELSE cuz us KANAKAs are gonna start ERADICATING haoles real soon. BOTTOM LINE...TELL ALL YOUR FRIENDS FAMILY AND ANYONE YOU MEET, NOT TO COME HERE.
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Ash wrote:
I am really hoping we are discussing two different stories here.... Aaron (the 34, not yet 35 yr old) who has not been found is my brother.
He was an experienced surfer (16 years) and the nicest guy (not being biased) you would ever meet. He gave everyone the time of day and his passion for life was enormous.
It doesn't seem real yet and can't believe he is gone. I am going out to Hawaii in the next couple of days to be with Sofia (please pray for her) and the rest of my family. Rest in peace Aaron....we love you and you will always be in our thoughts. We have so many awesome memories of you and will cherish them forever!
OBVIOUSLY he wasn't "EXPERIENCED" ENOUGH>>>>That's what happens when you have a person that has only been here for a short time and just paddles out to surf spots that they "think" they know... The Ocean where you haoles are from is NOTHING like the ocean here...OUR oceans in HAWAII have "MANA" (POWER). SPIRITUAL POWER. this island and it's ocean have a SPIRIT and are VERY MUCH ALIVE AND LIVING...Every element plays a factor in the way the ocean behaves including swell direction, wind and tides. The locals that paddle out at these spots on these huge days have surfed it their entire lives in EVERY condition the beaches see. They know every inch of the place like the back of their hands they know every crevice and crack on the ocean floor at their home breaks. Kauai's beaches and tides aren't like anywhere else. Sorry for your loss and God Bless your families that grieve because of their loss....But hopefully it's a lesson to newcomers who move here and decide to "think" they know what's up. It's the haoles with the attitudes like they are natives just because they lived here for 5-10 years that don't belong here... KEEP-it-KAUAI-it. RESPECT this place and respect it and remember that this is not your "home" just because you lived here a few years. If not DON'T COME TO KAUAI. WE DON't NEED ANYMORE HAOLES ON THIS ISLAND. MOVE SOMEWHERE ELSE cuz us KANAKAs are gonna start ERADICATING haoles real soon. BOTTOM LINE...TELL ALL YOUR FRIENDS FAMILY AND ANYONE YOU MEET, NOT TO COME HERE.
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Dude are you infected with the booga booga gene?
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Koolaid Kid wrote:
Dude are you infected with the booga booga gene?
Does NOCOME.......... repeat himself often. Hope you find peace braddah but first give up the shrooms.

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