Search efforts are underway along a remote stretch of southern Sumatra's coastline for Long Beach, New York surfer and high school teacher Daniel Bobis.
On a six-week summer surf trip through southeast Asia with his wife, Rachel, and good friend Brian Lonergan, the 32-year-old Bobis went missing Sunday in solid 10- to 12-foot surf during an early morning session near the Krui Damai Bungalow Surf Camp in Indonesia's West Lampung province. Though his board, with its leash snapped, washed up on shore moments after he went under, there has been no sign of Bobis, despite near around-the-clock search efforts by dive teams, fishing boats and a helicopter, according his wife Rachel in a Facebook post late Monday night.
The news about Bobis, a New York native and veteran goofy-foot with more than two decades of surfing experience under his belt, has rocked the tight knit Long Beach Island community. Fellow surfers and students of the missing math teacher have mobilized to organize candlelight vigils and various fundraisers to help raise money to continue the search efforts in Indonesia.
"It is definitely rough on everyone right now," said Bobis' close friend and Unsound surf shop employee Sean Pearsall on Tuesday afternoon. "Danny is a staple here [on Long Beach]. He is an absolute focal point of our community."
Besides teaching math at Long Beach High School and playing drums in the underground punk band Cipher, Bobis not only helped found the Long Beach Surfer's Association but he also serves as head coach of LBHS's surf team, the first high school surf team in the state of New York, according to Pearsall.
Family members have established a Paypal account to help raise funds for continued search and rescue operations and travel expenses for Bobis' family.