Heart disease contributed to surfing coach’s drowning, autopsy shows

A picture of Stan Searfus was posted to a GoFundMe page on Jan. 5, 2018.

SAN DIEGO – Heart disease contributed to the drowning death of a well-known local surf coach off of Sunset Cliff on Friday, the San Diego County Medical Examiner reported Monday.

Stan Searfus, 56, drowned Friday morning while surfing with a friend near Point Loma Nazarene University at about 6 a.m., the Medical Examiner reported.  Police, lifeguards, firefighters and U.S. Coast Guard crews searched for Searfus along the coastline, on boats and aboard helicopters for about an hour before finding him floating face-down in the water, not far from shore. Paramedics performed CPR on him for more than 30 minutes before pronouncing him dead.

Searfus had atherosclerosis and hypertensive cardiovascular disease, which contributed to his death, according to the autopsy.

Searfus, was a surfing coach at Coronado High School and Coronado Middle School, a lifeguard in the small peninsula city and founder of Blue Wave Coronado Surf Camp.  He is survived by his wife, Jan; and children, Berkeley, Clark, Hank, Jake, Josh and Oskar.