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Tuesday
Jul262011

American Surfer and Teacher Missing in Waters of Indonesia

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(SUMATRA, Indonesia) -- Helicopters, divers and boats are all searching Indonesian waters for an American surfer and teacher who disappeared Sunday while on a surfing vacation with his wife.

Daniel Bobis' surfboard washed ashore after he surfed a 10-foot wave. It is believed another surfer's board hit him when he came out of the wave's barrel.

His wife, Rachel Bobis, believed he would wash up farther down the beach and come back to their camp. When he didn't, she began to worry.

Rachel Bobis and a few others searched for the next 11 hours until rescue teams could reach the remote beach off the coast of West Lampung, Sumatra.

Daniel Bobis, 32, a math teacher at Long Beach High School in New York, has been passionate about surfing ever since he was a child.

"He's surfed countless huge spots all over the world. He's the first in the water, the last out. He'll surf for eight hours straight," said close friend Sean Pearsall, who met Bobis eight years ago while surfing.

Pearsall said his friend is a huge activist in the surfing community and this year established the first high school surf team in New York State, for which he serves as head coach.

Both Bobis and his wife have traveled all over the world looking for waves. "Surfing is their life," Pearsall said. But they were also ready for bigger things. "This was their last big trip, and they were planning on starting a family next year," Pearsall said.

Bobis' father and stepmother are reportedly on their way to Indonesia to help with the search as his family at home prays for his return.

His aunt Carmen Bobis said tearfully that her hope is that her nephew is "somewhere and we can reach him in time." A Facebook page titled "Daniel Bobis Info" has been created by friends and already has more than 3,000 followers.

Bobis' friends have also set up a PayPal account under the name DannyBobis@gmail.com for supporters to donate money to the search efforts.

Candlelight vigils for Bobis will be held Tuesday night in Long Beach, N.Y., and in Orlando, Fla., where Rachel Bobis is from.

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