A surfboard that floats almost halfway around the world: From Hawaii to Philippines

Doug Falter living in Hawaii is a fan of surfing. During one surf, he lost his surfboard.

And surprisingly, Doug Falter’s surfboard was suddenly found on the Philippine island of Sarangnani, nearly halfway around the world from where it disappeared.

In 2018, Doug Falter’s plank was swept away by a big wave in Hawaii, USA. He once hoped local fishermen would pick it up, but could not imagine the plank could drift 8,000 kilometers south of the Philippines, according to the Guardian.

After more than two years, Falter suddenly noticed a pale blue surfboard on social networks. The new owner, Giovanne Branzuela, was ready to return the special plank to Falter. The surfboard is now sandy yellow.

Falter said he could not believe it when he saw the surfboard through the photos. He thought this was a joke. He was sure he could never find it again.

A few months ago, Giovanne Branzuela bought an old board from a neighbor for $ 40. He said fishermen in the Philippines picked up the plank in August 2018, six months after Falter lost the plank in Hawaiian waters.

Although drifting for months at sea, the plank still clearly shows the words Lyle Carlson, the name of the Hawaii planker. Out of curiosity, Branzuela contacted and sent the photo to Lyle Carlson via Facebook. Realizing the plank the year, the craftsman posted a photo on Instagram and tagged real owner Doug Falter. This is the miraculous fate of Doug Falter and surfboard.

Branzuela was also surprised and could not believe that this plank was from Hawaii. He also shared his dream of learning to surf the big waves in Hawaii.

After exchanging messages via Facebook, Falter plans to visit the Philippines soon to get his skateboard back. Hopefully the surfboard will soon return to its real owner.