Kaua‘i surfer drowns on Eastside

WAILUA — A 63-year-old Kaua‘i man died yesterday while surfing at “Black Rock” surf spot off of Lydgate Park on the island’s Eastside, said a Kaua‘i Fire Department official.

Fire Station 2 in Kapa‘a responded to the call of an unresponsive male at Nalu Beach at 9:05 a.m., said the official.

Nalu Road ends within Lydgate Park near the Wailua River mouth, onshore of the “finicky” break called “Black Rock.”

“It’s a right and a shallow spot,” said Saa “Tamba” Ginlack, a 20-year surfer and owner of Tamba Surf shop in Kapa‘a, about the spot.

According to a county press release, the man was struggling and was aided by another surfer who brought him in to the beach.

“While being pulled to shore the victim fell off the board and stopped breathing,” states the release. “Lifeguards began administering CPR to the victim and medics continued the procedure en route to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead.”

The man’s name is being witheld until proper notifications have been made.

“The waves were so small today, it’s hardly surfable,” Ginlack said yesterday. “They were probably out there on standup surfboards.”

Officials would not confirm any details as to how the man died.

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