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Surfers of all stripes eventually learn one way or another – the ocean giveth, but she also taketh. In the case of Huntington Beach bodysurfer Robert Bainter, though, who recently lost an Apple Watch in the surf, sometimes the ocean also returneth.

Several months ago, Bainter was bodysurfing when a bit of bad luck struck, he told KTLA 5. During the session, he was hit by a wave and surfaced to find that the Apple Watch he’d come to rely on to tell time and track his wave count had been ripped from his wrist. “This thing has been my good luck charm. I would use it quite often to show the surf and how fast [I was] going. It would even show you where you were on the beach,” he said.

When he lost it, he spent an hour looking for it to no avail. He even used his iPhone to trigger the “Find My Apple Watch” feature equipped in most Apple products. Still no luck.


Eventually, Bainter gave up hope that he’d ever see his trusty modern timepiece again and decided to buy a new one.

Six months after the incident, though, Bainter received a mysterious phone call from a man claiming that he’d found his watch, three miles north of where it was originally lost.

“He was just walking looking for shells and he found it right there,” Bainter told KTLA. “It was a dream come true, I couldn’t believe it.”


Not only did Bainter get his watch back, but after a six-month seaside residence, the watch still worked fine, save a little bit of haze on the screen. Still, it’s highly doubtful that “Can survive up to six months lost at sea,” will appear in any Apple Watch ad campaigns any time soon.


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