UPDATE WED. JULY 7, 2021: As we previously reported, a recent theft of a cargo trailer looked like it would shut down the Olympic Outdoor Center’s kayak and paddleboard rental business in Des Moines, but there’s some GREAT news – the trailer has been FOUND!

“Thank you all, the trailer has been found on 20th street, all in one piece,” owner John Kuntz said. “They tried to cut the locks but luckily they were hardened. Thank you to Ben Kelley for spotting the trailer and notifying me.”

The trailer was stolen from the Redondo Beach parking lot located at 28301 Redondo Beach Drive South sometime between July 1-2, 2021.

Kuntz said that the hitch lock and chains locking the trailer were cut off, but the suspect(s) apparently could not get into the trailer, so they abandoned it.

The trailer contained (12) BIC Sport 11’0 Tough Tec paddleboards and (2) Glide 11’0 paddleboards. The paddleboards have cords running from holes in the skegs, which are connected to the boards. The cords were placed there by the owner, this is a distinct feature compared to stock boards.

Contact Detective Gendreau at (206) 878-3301 if you have any information on this theft.

Kuntz adds that they’ll be back open as soon as health restrictions on local beaches are lifted.