C.J. Hobgood has surfboard quiver stolen; offers reward for recovery
Things aren't going well for C.J. Hobgood as he tries to climb back in the race for the world surfing title. He fared poorly enough at last week's Hurley Pro at Lower Trestles to drop from second to fourth in the ASP World Tour rankings.
Now his quiver of surfboards he planned to use for the European homestretch leg has been stolen in France, leaving him to compete with borrowed equipment.
News of the theft is all over the Internet. Surfline reports: "Some dirty rotten scoundrel just made off with World Number Four C.J. Hobgood's entire quiver of boards for the Euro leg."
The website quotes Hobgood, who is in Hossegor, France, for the upcoming Quiksilver Pro, as saying, "They slipped in through the back sliding door that leads to the garage. They're probably in Spain or Portugal by now."
The personable Floridian is offering 1,500 Euros as a reward for anyone who can recover the boards. Surfline left an e-mail address for people who wish to leave information: email@example.com.
Here's hoping that either (a) someone turns in the bad guys and C.J. retrieves his boards, or (b) the incident can inspire him to triumph.-- Pete Thomas
Photo: C.J. Hobgood after a heat during the U.S. Open of Surfing earlier this summer. He's not smiling now, though, as his surfboards have been stolen. Credit:Victor Decolongon / Getty Images