Sad day down here in OBX, two of my boards were lifted off the beach while we were packing up Sunday, 10/20. A 2013 North Team Series (twin tip, black, green fins, Vario straps, orange rails with green striped bottom) and 2012 Slingshot Pit 5'11" directional (bamboo wood with black rails, slingshot fins, strapless footpads) were picked from the beach while we were packing up and walking things to our cars on the road.
The setup for the situation was pretty simple, only two groups of kiters were left at the end of the day: our group and another group of three. Two of our group were walking gear to our cars, and me and a friend were packing our kites on the beach. The other group of three (two guys, one girl) drove a white VW onto the beach to pack their gear. The plates were Quebec, and from conversing with them on the beach, landing their kites, they seemed like standard French Canadian kiters down to enjoy the Hatteras sound.
My friend and I hopped over to the ocean side, leaving our packed up kites and boards in our pile on the beach for 10 minutes to watch a foil boarder do his thing on the ocean. He'd come in, so we chatted a bit before returning to finish packing. When we returned and packed the rest of the gear, I grabbed the last board I saw on the beach, my wakeskate. The white Quebec VW was gone. I didn't think much of it, as we had multiple people grabbing gear.
But after finishing packing I did a gear check, and discovered my two boards missing. Giving it the benefit of the doubt for an unintentional pickup, I waited a day, called local shops, etc. By the end of Monday, however, nothing had turned up, so I filed a report with park rangers/police. Given the circumstances, we are fairly confident in saying we are looking for the White VW GTI/hatchback with Quebec plates to ask about the boards. If anyone is town this week or sees such boards up or floating around, I'd greatly appreciate a shout out. Park police gave me a number to call if we (or anyone) sees the White VW with three people: two white, fit males with short brown hair, and one white nondescript slim female.
Here is park police number: 252-473-3444
Please reply to this post with any info, PM me, or call the humber above if you see such a car, my boards, all of the above, etc. This might not be the most proper venue for posting about such incidents, but the locals here seriously do not like when boards get lifted, so we're hoping to track them down and rectify the situation.
Thanks, shootout to Real, Kitty Hawk Kites, and Jay Crawford of Outer Banks Kiting for putting up alerts locally.