Paddle Out For Beloved Encinitas Lifeguard Blake Dresner

23-year-old Encinitas surfer Blake Dresner died by a traumatic surfing accident in Salina Cruz, Mexico last weekend.

According to a statement from WildCoast, a conservation group based in Mexico, Blake, a very capable surfer, “passed away after sustaining a fatal injury (to his neck area) from his surfboard.”

Emergency Medical Services took him in critical condition to a local hospital where he died.

“He was fortunate to be surrounded by his friends (Matthew Craig, Yehuda Ben-Hamo, Robbie Sanford, Max Beach, Josh Sanford, and Josh Sirota) who did everything they could to save him,” WildCoast said.

The Encinitas Lifesaving Association released the following statement: “It is with great sadness the Encinitas Lifesaving Association says goodbye to our friend and fellow lifeguard Blake Dresner. Blake was a talented waterman and skilled lifeguard whose kindness and positive energy elevated the ELA and improved our community. We keep in our hearts Blake was doing what he loved…”

The family announced a paddle out for Monday, August 24 at Blake’s local spot, D-Street, at 10 a.m.

If yew are available, please join us. Our deepest condolences to Blake’s friends and family.

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