On Saturday, May 9, 2020, reports of a stolen paddleboard and three stolen kayaks were filed in Portsmouth, NH and Mashpee, MA, respectively. Currently, Seacoast Paddleboard Club is asking for the public’s help to locate the stolen property. (See media posts below).
According to the paddleboard owner, a 14’ JP Australia Sportster, a paddle, and a personal flotation device (PFD) were taken from the north corner of Pierce Island in Portsmouth, NH. The theft occurred around 2:00 pm EST and was reported to the Portsmouth Police Department.
A second theft took place in Mashpee, Massachusetts. There, the owner of MOCEAN’s Cape Cod reported that three kayaks were taken from the Mashpee Rotary sometime before 12:00 pm.
If anyone has seen or has any information about the whereabouts of these items, we encourage you to contact your local police department.
SPC Encouraging Paddlers to Play it Safe
While the theft of paddle equipment is not unheard of, these incidents serve as an unpleasant reminder to the paddle community to be mindful about the risks of leaving equipment unattended for any period of time and reinforces the importance of using preventative measures, such as paddle board locks, to secure your equipment.
If you use or know about a paddleboard lock we should check out please contact us.