As reported by KITV, San Diego raised surfer Kirk Passmore is still missing after paddling out on Wednesday morning during the first heavy swell in Hawaii of the winter season. The Oahu resident was reported to have fallen on a set wave at Outside Alligators on the North Shore, where he was last seen. The U.S. Coast Guard is still hunting for any sign of Passmore, other than his board that washed up on Chun’s Reef.
According to witnesses, Passmore attempted to paddle out at 30 ft+ Alligator’s in the early morning, but wasn’t successful and decided to try via Waimea Bay. He disappeared after his wipeout at Outside Alligator’s, where surfer Todd Chesser drowned back in 1997.
Kirk Passmore (pictured) was a partial owner of Third Stone Surfboards in Wailua and a Manager at Banzai Sushi in Haleiwa, Hawaii. Photo: Facebook
CBS News 8 reported that professional big wave surfer, Jamie Sterling, was also out in the lineup along with many experienced surfers on Wednesday when Passmore went missing. Sterling and other experienced surfers stated that Passmore might have burst his eardrum and experienced vertigo, making him extremely unbalanced in the dangerous conditions.
“Unfortunately in this case, he just disappeared…”
Video by Hawaii News Now – KGMB and KHNL
At this point, the missing surfer is presumed dead. His family released the following statement:
February 11, 1981 to November 13, 2013
Kirk was born February 11, 1981 in Orem, Utah. He grew up in Carlsbad, California and graduated from Carlsbad High School in 1999 where he was a member of the school’s surf team for four years. As a youth, he was active in Pop Warner football, little league baseball, and basketball, but his love was in surfing.
He started coming to Hawaii when he was 14 and was an experienced and expert surfer. He was not new to big wave surfing, having surfed most of the well-known big wave locations, including Waimea Bay, Sunset Beach, Pipeline, and outer reefs on the north shores of Hawaii. He was a familiar face at Todos Santos off Baja California. He also surfed Maverick’s in Northern California and Puerto Escondido in Mainland Mexico. He spent 3 years in the southern coast of France. He moved to the north shore of Hawaii full-time in the spring of 2012.
Kirk was a part owner of Third Stone Surfboards in Wailua, Hawaii, and a Manager at Banzai Sushi in Haleiwa, Hawaii.
He is survived by his mother, Diane Passmore (Orem, Utah), father and step-mother, David and Karey Passmore (Sunset Beach, Hawaii), siblings, Alyson Adams (Highland, Utah); Merrily Roberts (Encinitas, California) and Matthew Passmore (serving an LDS mission in New York, New York).
The family wishes to thank the Coast Guard, the City and County of Honolulu Lifeguards and Fire Department, who continue the search.
Our hearts and prayers here at The Surf Channel go out to the Passmore family, friends and loved ones. Photo: Mike Corona | Facebook