More than 200 surfers paddle out in memory of late business owner


WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WWAY)–  Over two hundred people in front of Tower 7, Sunday morning to remember a Wilmington business owner.

Josh Vach owned several restaurants in the area.

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After his passing a couple weeks ago, the community wanted to pay tribute to him.

Ocean Rescue dedicated lifeguard stand eight to Josh Vach. The stand sits behind his restaurant, Tower 7.

Afterwards, hundreds of surfers took to the ocean for a “paddle out” to remember and formed a circle. Vach’s ashes were spread over a wreath made from palm leaves then his family let it go into the ocean.

A former employee and family friend was at the “paddle out” and reflected on Vach’s legacy.

“It was definitely surreal moment when you think someone’s kind of invincible but it’s been super special,” Elie Tilghman said. “The community coming together to honor his legacy here and the community that he built.”