A white, 14 foot BIC SUP Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) owned by professional SUP athlete Chase Kosterlitz was stolen on Friday, June 6 in the Pacific Beach neighborhood of San Diego, CA. The board was inside a gray FCS board bag (also stolen), and at this time it is unclear if the board was specifically targeted or was taken by opportunistic thieves.
The white BIC SUP is identifiable by its gray deck pad, red markings, two Quickblade Paddles logos on the nose and neoprene beach start handles directly in front of the deck pad on either side of the board. Additionally, there is a custom inscription above the BIC SUP logo on the board’s tail which may be obscured by the thieves when attempting to sell the board.
In the past, stolen SUPs have been sold on Craigslist or to preselected buyers – often times well outside the area in which they were stolen. Last fall, a number of SUPs were stolen from Dana Point Harbor. The thieves were apprehended by law enforcement when an unwitting buyer of a stolen custom unlimited SUP in Corona, CA posted a comment on his recent purchase to the popular SUP forum Stand Up Zone. Information provided by the buyer led to the recovery of the custom unlimited SUP, as well as a number of other recently stolen SUPs.
Anyone with information regarding the location or recovery of the stolen BIC SUP should contact the San Diego Police Department at: (619) 531-2000.