Our good friend and fellow windsurfer from San Francisco Paul Mann has gone missing.

Its been almost 4 days and no word- even after extensive on the water search and rescue missions by the Hood River sheriff and his friends canvassing the town with photos and signs.

Several SF sailors were in the Gorge this past week for a summer trip and wedding.

Paul was last seen with his friends on a stand up paddle board on Friday July 3 at roughly 12:30pm at the Hook in Hood River Oregon in calm, light wind waters. A windsurfer spotted the paddle board floating approximately 150 yards from Jensen Beach. A passing kayaker was able to help get the board (and paddle) to shore return to the rental shop. The police were contacted and a search began immediately.

Paul is 5’4" – 5’5", tan, fit, dark hair (slightly thinning hair…), and brown eyes. He was wearing a black nylon baseball hat, sunglasses with red croakies, no shirt, white board shorts with big blue flowers (old navy). The shorts had a faded orange whistle and keys in the pockets.

The Sheriff and his crew have been in search with boats, divers and a plane. Please help us by keeping an eye out for him if you’re out there!!

If you see, or know something please call the county sheriff’s office 24 hour number at 541-386-2711. Paul’s girlfriend Michell has started a blog to get out the latest info: http://paulmann.typepad.com

Steve Bodner