Surfer Buries Stuff: Lost Wallet & iPhone: Successful Metal Detecting on Ocean Beach, San Francisco, California 94122
It was a perfect day for surfing at San Francisco’s magnificent Ocean Beach. Kyle took the tram from his home in The Castro right to the beach at Judah Ave and the Great Highway. He was eager to hit the big leftbreak with his pal Max. He placed his wallet and iPhone in a sandwich bag and hastily buried them in the wet sand. An hour later, they emerged from the surf, happy and tired. Kyle went to unbury his stuff and could not, on the massive sandy expanse that is Ocean Beach, locate where he had hidden it. After 30 minutes of searching, his surf buddy Max Googled, « metal detecting Ocean Beach » and up popped one of my blog links with my phone number. 30 minutes later I arrived with my gear to find that Kyle and Max had already completed a very large matrix search by dragging their feet in the sand.
As I always, I begin a search by asking the owner, « if you were to guess exactly where you think it might be, lets mark the spot ». Max and Kyle indicated it was probably located between a wet and dry sand stick marker and a pile of dog poop diagonally down by the rising tide. Within that large rectangle, which they had already searched with their feet, Kyle circumscribed a 60 foot diameter circle with his feet in the sand where he thought was the best chance of locating his gear. I began my own matrix search inside Kyle’s circle and after 25 minutes, I got huge titanium hit from Kyle’s iPhone just inside his circle, but just outside where they had searched with their feet, closest to the rising tide.
A very relieved Kyle with his wallet and phone, and was soon back in the water to catch another set.
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