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Topic Title: Lost a Kechele surfboard on the highway (Update: FOUND AND RETURNED!)
Topic Summary: Somewhere between Melbourne and Tampa (I-95, 528, I-4, I-75)
Created On: 02/08/2020 09:13 AM
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 02/08/2020 09:13 AM
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RegularJoe

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My son was doing a dawn patrol run to the Gulf Coast early this morning, and his board flew out of the truck. Didn't notice until they got to Tampa, so it could be anywhere.

If some kind soul happens to find it, please let me know. It's a magic board.

321-759- five six four seven

5'10" Kechele Stub Fish, blue, swallowtail, thruster setup. Surftech/Tuflite construction, so there's hope it survived impact.

Old photo, before some extra traction pads:



Edited: 02/19/2020 at 06:57 PM by RegularJoe
 02/11/2020 05:38 AM
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mp2115

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Diamond in the ruff. That is a bummer!
 02/12/2020 12:35 PM
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Fordvacillateenr

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try searching facebook marketplace to see if anyone picked it up.
 02/12/2020 02:46 PM
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RegularJoe

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Thanks for the sympathy mp2115 and for the idea, FordV... I posted it on the Lost & Found sections of CraigsList for Spacecoast, Orlando, and Tampa. The only Facebook Lost and Found I saw was nationwide. I'll check the Marketplace thingy as soon as I get home.
 02/13/2020 04:53 AM
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worksuxgetsponsered

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That sux. I'm on those roads all of the time for work. I'll keep and eye out, maybe it blew off to the side somewhere.

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 02/19/2020 07:12 PM
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RegularJoe

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Reunited, and it feels so good!

There are some good people in this world!

Matt Kechele and a guy named Patrick among them.

Patrick found the board way off the side of I-4, between Disney and Lakeland, saw the serial # and Kech's signature, found and contacted Kech on the internet.

Kech had seen the post here, and put Patrick in touch with me.

I drove over to Davenport last night, picked it up, and returned it to my son as a surprise. His jaw dropped like he was looking at a ghost.

Only minor damage to the board.

Patrick wouldn't take any reward money; he just said his daughter wanted to learn to surf, and if my son gave her a lesson, that would be paying it forward enough. We'll get that worked out before she moves to SoCal.

I'll add a shout-out for his business, Fossil Funatics. If you (or a relative visiting FL) want to go hunt for shark teeth, he runs well-reviewed tours doing just that. https://www.facebook.com/fossilfunatics/

I love this little community and its peeps. Glad to have a site like 2L with enough traffic to make these reunions possible.

 02/20/2020 01:55 AM
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tom

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Where the heck is the like button? Well done!

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 02/20/2020 04:49 AM
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KP

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Awesome!!!

Yes I'm with Tom! Like +1 !

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 02/20/2020 07:41 AM
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Cole

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I'm gonna go "like" his fossil business page. Great guy.
 02/20/2020 09:24 AM
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mp2115

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That is awesome!!
 02/20/2020 09:37 AM
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 02/21/2020 06:12 AM
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daner

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Didn't think you had a snowball's chance on this one. Lucky!

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 02/21/2020 08:49 AM
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TATTOO74

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^^^^ Me neither. WOW. I can't believe he tried to track the serial number. Hats off to this guy and someone send him a case of beer!
 02/21/2020 09:04 AM
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ww

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Amazing. Says something about Surftech construction along with Patrick from Fossil Funatics.
 02/21/2020 11:53 AM
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worksuxgetsponsered

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 02/24/2020 06:01 AM
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stokedpanda

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Kech Karma, no chance if that was a pop out!

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 02/24/2020 09:42 AM
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ofdphildo

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Unreal! Power of the inter-webs.
 02/25/2020 05:31 PM
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Kimo63

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The fossil site is cool . I left him a message of thx ,my family will check his business out
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