Friends share memories of the missing Haleiwa surfer

By Justin Fujioka
Published On: Nov 14 2013 04:52:00 PM HST

Many gathered in Hawaii to remember 32-year-old surfer Kirk Passmore as the second day of searching for him winds down.

HALEIWA, Hawaii -

Family and friends of surfer Kirk Passmore held a prayer service on the second day of the search for the 32-year-old Haleiwa man.

He went missing at a surf break known as Alligator Rock while surfing huge, dangerous waves on Wednesday.

Passmore's partially-damaged surfboard was recovered down the beach shortly after in the direction of Waimea Bay.

On Thursday, rescue crews expanded their search for a man who co-workers say was a passionate man and lived for surfing.

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Passmore was a bar manager at the Banzai Sushi Bar in Haleiwa.  Co-workers say he had a great personality.

"Kirk was a really nice guy.  Like, a lot of energy.  Everyday, a lot of energy and smiling so much," said co-worker Gustavo Dale.

Passmore was supposed to work Wednesday night.  Out of respect for his family, friends and co-workers, the restaurant was closed for lunch and dinner on Thursday.

A photographer says he took video of what was the last wave Passmore caught.  Witnesses say he was seen kicking with his feet out of the water before he was lost in the white water and was the only one in the water without a life vest.

"I know he wasn't wearing a safety vest, so I think that didn't help the rescue team find him because he wasn't floating to the surface," said Banzai Sushi Bar owner Samuel Bendenoun.  "So, I heard the news and I tried to respond as best as we could and let the staff know and everything like that."

Passmore was the co-owner of the Third Stone Surf Shop in Waialua in addition to his bartending duties.

"You'll be missed, brother, by everyone and hope you're in a good place right now wherever you are.  Be safe.  Rest in peace," said Bendenoun.

This is the same place where big-wave rider Todd Chesser died in 1997.  The Coast Guard is set to search into the night.

PHOTOS: Friends remember the missing Haleiwa surfer

Click here to see photos of where the missing Haleiwa surfer worked.

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