New York teacher, surf coach, missing after surfing off Sumatra
Even experienced surfers can run into trouble in unfamiliar waters.
July 26th, 2011
07:27 AM ET

New York teacher, surf coach, missing after surfing off Sumatra

Several blogs are buzzing Tuesday after a Long Island math teacher and well known local surfer went missing Sunday off the coast of West Lampung, Sumatra. Waves are notoriously treacherous off that  area of the Indonesian island. They are typically 12 feet or higher. CNN's iReport received a video of friends of the surfer holding candlelit vigil.

Daniel Bobis, who taught at Long Beach High School, founded the school's winning surf team and the first competitive group in the state. A colleague at the school told the Long Beach Patch, a local news website, that the "rescue efforts are horrible there" because the area where he was surfing is so remote.

"It was just a day like any other here," Brian Lonergan, another surfer who was with Bobis, told the New York Post. "Danny had just taken a wave before me. I couldn't see him, and a few minutes later, his board washed up on the shore."

Lonergan, Bobis' wife, Rachel, and the owner of a surf camp where the three were staying scoured the beach for the next 11 hours, the Post reports. A rescue team began searching after that.

Lonergan told the newspaper that the water wasn't particularly rough. "And there was nothing really abnormal about the size of the waves either. Danny is a really capable surfer and a really capable swimmer."

He and the missing surfer's family are trying to work with local officials in Sumatra and get the United States Consulate to help by sending a rescue helicopter, according to the Post.

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  1. Rico

    Hope he turns up ok.

    July 26, 2011 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
  2. CSnSC

    I hope all will end well. For me, spending my last hours on the sea, part of the ocean, may be the best way to go.

    July 26, 2011 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |
  3. Jenni Boston

    There are more people who die from dog bites on one year than people who die surfing you ding dong. Are you going to tell people to stop having pets? Are you going to stop driving a car? Think before you speak and try and be a little more sensitive.

    July 26, 2011 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |

    I wonder if he went into witness protection?

    July 26, 2011 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
  5. costeau

    The man of war jellyfish are horrible off the coast of Sumatra. I once saw several hundred envelope a cow that had wandered into the surf. It was terrifying.

    July 26, 2011 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
  6. surfer dude

    killer wave ! LOL dude! was he a longboarder? dont see many of them around anymore. good way to go though. good way to go.

    July 26, 2011 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
  7. Minnie Mouse

    Nice comment, just what the family needs to read moran

    July 26, 2011 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
  8. Jennie

    he is in my prayers...

    July 26, 2011 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
  9. NICK

    PIRANHA is a fresh water species you inconsiderate loser. You should be lost at sea for that comment.

    July 26, 2011 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
  10. hat

    hey. dont be a racist against fish. they gotta eat too.

    July 26, 2011 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
  11. monique

    I am a relative too. K plus to everyone. May the good vibes be with you. Hopefully he will turn up soon al safe an sound.

    July 26, 2011 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  12. tim

    GOOD KARMA TO EVERYONE. ESPECIALLY THE JOKESTERS. I only hope when I am gone people can make happy jokes about me. This just shows he is loved. That he is cared about. Those with the real karma know what i am talking about. Peace be unto you all.

    July 26, 2011 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • a relative

      You make happy comments about a person who has lived a full life and has served his purpose and gone on. Dan's life has been tragically cut short, his family left without answers or closure. Think of that. Peace to you, and prayers for your safe journies in your travels.

      July 26, 2011 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
  13. metalissa

    hes also in a band too... the metal/surfing community is very sad over this loss.

    July 26, 2011 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Betsy Visco Platt

    My heart goes out to Rachel – wonderful person and I would expect her husband is the same. You are in my prayers Rachel.

    July 26, 2011 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Maureen

    My deep thoughts & prayers to his family thru this difficult time. The power of prayer is amazing, God is watching... Long Beach native!

    July 26, 2011 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
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