Surf instructor dies at Ocean Beach 

A longtime surfing instructor found unconscious off Ocean Beach died after being pulled to shore.

The man, identified as Jonathan Luhn, 44, of San Jose by the Medical Examiner’s Office, was found in the waves and brought to shore by a bystander Wednesday afternoon.

The Fire Department arrived at the beach around 1 p.m. to administer CPR. Luhn was transported to the
UC San Francisco Medical Center, fire Lt. Mindy Talmadge said.

Chris Ewing, Luhn’s longtime friend and business partner, said Luhn will be missed.

“He was an extremely loving individual,” Ewing said. “He was my best friend.”

The duo started a company, Aloha Wave Riders, in order to teach young people how to surf. Ewing said Luhn also worked as an accountant and volunteered at local agencies.

An autopsy was scheduled to be conducted Thursday. The cause of death is still under investigation.

In six months, a world-class surfing competition will take place for the first time near the location Luhn was found.

Rip Curl Pro Search announced last week it will bring an annual competition to Ocean Beach.

Spokesman Dave Prodan of the Association of Surfing Professionals World Tour, the governing body of surf professionals that votes on locations for the organization, said San Francisco’s cold water and large swells could make for a great competition. The competition is scheduled to take place Nov. 1 to 10.

“Spots in and out of San Francisco are notoriously challenging,” Prodan said.

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