Marin County authorities have recovered the body of Marin surfer and Cronkhite local Dan Dafoe, according to a statement from National Park Services.
Dafoe was surfing off Rodeo Beach on Wednesday, when two surfers spotted him unconscious, floating facedown. The two surfers scrambled to get to his body and bring him to the beach. Fighting solid eight- to ten-foot surf, they were unable to grab him, and lost him to a large set.
Coast Guard helicopters, dozens of rescue and fire personnel, and many local surfers who called Dafoe a close friend searched the rocky and unforgiving coastline Thursday, as seas calmed.
Following 24 hours of relentless searching, the Golden State National Recreation area announced, "The search is concluded. A very thorough 24-hour search did not result in any sign of Dan Dafoe. Our condolences go to his family and friends." But on Friday morning, his body washed in at Rodeo Beach as the swell dropped slightly.
A fixture at Cronkhite, and a large presence in Marin’s Prooflab community, Dafoe leaves behind his wife, Erica, and dog, Maggie, as well as a sprawling group of close friends in the surfing community who took to social media to offer their heartfelt remembrances.
"Dan emerged from a rough and unstable childhood moving about the country to fall in love with Marin in his late teens," wrote his close friend, Marin local, and Big Dog Surf Camp founder Ian Glover. "His steadfast love for this county found him living under a windblown Cypress tree in West Marin for a period of time, putting him closer to one of his favorite surf breaks… Dan died while surfing off the point at Cronkhite and while my heart grieves for those he left behind, I am stoked his spirit will forever be there: out the back, deeper than you with an ear-to-ear smile."