Coronado Surfing Coach, Father of 6 Dies Surfing in Point Loma

On Jan. 5, 2018, Coronado surfing coach Stan Searfus experienced trouble in the water during a surfing session near Sunset Cliffs and Point Loma and died on a dock as medics tried to revive him.

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Family Photo Courtesy of Lindsay Maphet
Stan Searfus loved the water.
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Fatima Kelley
Friends identified the surfer who died in Point Loma on Jan. 5, 2018, as beloved Coronado resident and father of six, Stan Searfus.
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Fatima Kelley
Lifeguards paddled out to the waters off Sunset Cliffs near Point Loma Nazarene University in search of Searfus early Friday morning.
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San Diego Lifeguards launched boats to canvass the water.
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Lifeguards searched for Searfus for about 15 minutes. Once the sun came up and they had better visibility, they discovered the surfer unconscious in the water.
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A helicoper was also used in the search for Searfus.
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Lifeguards searched for Searfus for about 15 minutes. Once the sun came up and they had better visibility, they discovered the surfer unconscious in the water.
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Flowers and a makeshift memorial grew on the beach at Coronado Shores Friday, where community members planned to gather to pay tribute to Searfus later that evening.
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Stan Searfus, 56, was a surfing coach in Coronado.
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Stan Searfus (l).
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Becky Stickney
About 500 people showed up to an impromptu memorial, held less than 12 hours after Stan Searfus died on a dock in Point Loma. Friends noted that the crowd was a testament to how much of an impact Searfus made on the Coronado community. Jan. 5, 2018.
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Students who learned to surf from Stan Searfus paddled out towards the sunset in honor of their late coach during a memorial held just hours after his death on Coronado. Jan. 5, 2018.
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Loved ones embrace near a memorial for surf coach and father of six Stan Searfus, who was an active part of the Coronado community and beloved by many. Jan. 5, 2018.
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