Josh Toms hangs onto his new board while cleaning Shearwaters’ stoves, overseen by restaurant manager Finn Johnsen.
Josh Toms hangs onto his new board while cleaning Shearwaters’ stoves, overseen by restaurant manager Finn Johnsen. Rob Wright

Theft leads to happy ending

IT'S NOT every day your dad agrees to go halves in the expense of a new surfboard.

But for Josh Toms, the excitement of finally getting the dreamed-about new board for his birthday was eclipsed by some devastating news.

"I thought my mate was joking around," Josh said of the moment he was told the board was gone from his car.

Josh had bought the board on the way to work at Shearwater Restaurant and locked it up in his car.

"Someone stole it before he even got to wax it," Shearwater Restaurant manager Finn Johnsen said.

"Josh got all teary," waitress Nikola Randall added.

Nikola then decided on a cunning plan - they would raise the money to buy him a new one.

When Josh arrived at work over the Easter weekend, he found posters up explaining to customers about the theft and letting them know that all of the tips collected over the weekend would go toward a new board for Josh.

"I was pretty blown away," said Josh.

"Our customers chipped in, and Coopers Surf manager Garth said he'd sell Josh a new board at cost price," Finn said.

"It's a real story of charity beginning at home."