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Memorial, ocean paddle-out planned for shark attack victim

Matthew Garcia, left, Lucas Ransom, Travis Ransom and Wyatt Kirschner. Garcia, 20, was with Lucas when he was killed by a shark at Surf Beach.

Lucas Ransom, a 19-year-old UC Santa Barbara student killed in a shark attack, will be eulogized Thursday at a funeral service followed by a paddle-out in the ocean, family members said Monday.

A 10 a.m. memorial will be held at Evans-Brown Mortuary, 27010 Encanto Drive in Sun City, just south of the family's home in Romoland in Riverside County.

At 4:30 p.m. Thursday, friends and family will gather on the south side of Oceanside Pier in Oceanside before paddling out on surfboards into the Pacific Ocean, where they will scatter flowers to honor Ransom, said his brother, Travis Ransom.

The public is welcome at both events, he said.

"At first, we were going to keep the paddle-out private,'' he said. "But we're all brothers out there in the ocean. We all share the same joy when we're out there."

"I know Lucas would be looking down smiling at all the people celebrating his life," he added. "He'd dig it."

Lucas Ransom was attacked Friday as he body-surfed waves at Surf Beach west of Lompoc. A friend surfing with him tried to save him but his left leg was torn off and he bled to death.

Experts say the shark, estimated at 14 to 20 feet in length, was most likely a great white. Surf Beach reopened Monday morning after no shark sightings were made over the weekend, authorities said.

Lucas Ransom's friends at UC Santa Barbara, where he was studying chemical engineering, are planning a candlelight vigil at 8 p.m. Tuesday at Del Playa Park near the campus. A scholarship in his name is also in the works, family members said.

-- Catherine Saillant

Photo: Matthew Garcia, left, Lucas Ransom, Travis Ransom and Wyatt Kirschner. Garcia, 20, was with Lucas when he was killed by a shark at Surf Beach. Family photo.


Comments () | Archives (18)

So they are going to have a celebratory paddle-out...basically going back to the sharks' house that killed Lucas? Smart?

I hope the surfboards are biiiiig ones! And that the sharks aren't hungry. Does this behavior seem strange to anyone but me?

Regarding comments 1 and 2 Evidently you are not familiar with surf culture .. GOD BLESS LUCAS and The RANSOM Family and Friends ALOHA

No way would I get out there.

It goes with the territory. If you are not a surfer you wouldn't understand. "If I have to explain it to you then you wouldn't understand". All surfers know that sharks are under and around them sometimes. We all think about it when we are in the water sometimes. We would never stop surfing. Ever! We are the Eloi...the Morlocks take one of us occasionally. The price of being an Eloi...

R D is right. Obviously they know nothing about surfing. Great to see a paddle out in the same spot. Also if comments 1 and 2 put a little thought into it they would realize there are sharks in the ocean ANYWHERE you go so paddling out there is no different than anywhere else. My thoughts and preyers are with the Ransom family.
Aloha and Mahalo from Oahu

not the brightest idea...

I'm fully aware of the surf culture...

but still, not the brightest idea...

Sharks aren't stationary creatures... they aren't territorial over one area at all. Right now they have been migrating the coast in search for food. Unfortunately I'm sure Lucas was mistaken for food, but the shark was large enough and took a big enough bite that he lost too much blood too fast. However, sharks are out there all the time swimming around. Don't think just because there hasn't been an attack near you that they aren't there. I think this memorial was a beautiful and amazing idea. We can't always live in fear because of one unfortunate and rare event. He died doing what he loved and his friends are honoring him the way he should be remembered.

hey guys, it's incredibly tacky for you to be judging someone's memorial. I know this is the internet and all, but really. put a cork in it!

ta this is why you are not a surfer.

wow!!!!!! i cant belive that.

its common practice that a paddle out occur after a surfer dies, even from a shark attack. shark attacks happen for no rhyme or reason, so to assume that another one will take place over 200 miles away is idiotic.

RIP Lucas, look out for the rest of us out in the water. Shoots!

Watch out for sharks.

I will be at Surf Beach on Thursday if anyone wants to do a paddle out there in his honor,,,,,,

I've been thinking about Lucas and Mathew since the day this happened. I've also thought about Lucas' mother, and shed tears for her loss. My heart goes out to you all, including his friends. My son and I surf together, he is 16 and I am 43. I worry about him when he goes without me. Please know that many of us are with you in spirit and I have prayed for you. We would love to come out for the paddle out but live in Simi Valley and can not make it. ((((HUGS))))) Dustin and Kate Bennett

To Mike at Surf Beach...please be careful and hypervigilant. You are truly going right into the same spot where Lucas died. We don't want to lose another surfer, especially not so soon. May God bless and keep this family in his hands. I couldn't imagine this happening to my son and I can't imagine the pain they must be in.

Been thinking about this a lot. Went surfing today and saw dolphins peak over a few waves. Thoughts are with the Ransom family...

And for everyone commenting on a paddle-out and the risks, do some research and be considerate, this is a tradition and a way to honor someone's life. They are not paddling out in the same area as the attack but rather in Oceanside, CA, about 3 hrs south.

Great post Gina, M Bunny and Dan. I knew Lucas when he was younger and attended the service for Lucas in Sun City. I would have loved to go to Oceanside for the paddle out. Duty called. I learned many things about Lucas at his service and it only made me wish I had remained in his life. This was an incredible tribute for an adored young man. Forever love the ocean, for Lucas will.


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