Rescue teams are combing lineups across the North Shore in search of a missing surfer. According to Shayne Enright, a spokesperson of the Department of Emergency Services, the surfer went missing while surfing Alligators, an Outer Reef break, at approximately 11:20 this morning. While officials are unable to release the name of the missing surfer, multiple sources have told SURFER that he is 32-year-old Kirk Passmore. Today marked the first big swell of the season on the North Shore and sets were in the 20-foot-plus range.
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According to reports, Passmore took multiple set waves on the head before going missing. Jet Skis in the area, along with other surfers, conducted an immediate search but were unable to find him. His surfboard was later found near Chun’s Reef with the leash plug ripped out. Passmore, who has a local address in Hawaii, is said to originally hail from Southern California.
At noon, the Coast Guard launched a helicopter to search for Passmore while a Coast Guard cutter also joined the search later in the afternoon. The Fire Department and Ocean Safety are also actively involved in the search.
In 1997, famed North Shore surfer Todd Chesser tragically drowned while surfing Alligators.