wanted to share with you a story with a bad start but a happy ending,”
Charles Littwin of Mooresville, N.C., wrote in an e-mail to The Island
Free Press this week.
Littwin says he lost his kiteboard at sea at the Avon Pier last week.
writes that it’s a long story, but the short version is that the wind
was blowing side offshore, and his rig had too much power because his
kite was too big. He was headed toward the Avon Pier when his
“Safety first,” he says, “so I abandoned my board after I fell off it
and let the kite pull me back to shore.”
looked for his board for a half hour that day and rode his beach bike
from the Avon Pier to Cape Point the next day, but had no luck finding
He says he was in shock when one week later Eddie Skakle of
A.S. Austin Company in Hatteras village called his phone number listed
on the board to say he found the board on the south shore of Cape
“The board spent a week at sea and traveled 20 miles,”
says Littwin. “Thank goodness for the two days of southerly winds and
the force of the Gulf Stream!”
“Skakle even gave me a 22-inch puppy drum that he caught the day he found my board.”
“A miracle on the island for sure!” says Littwin. “Thank you, Eddie!