Local weather guru reported missing

[ George Mason ]Reknown weatherman and surf forecaster George Mason was reported missing this week, and family and friends say they haven’t heard from him in two months. “No signs of foul play were found, and for a while, it seemed to be a simple case of George moving on,” said colleague Jamie DeMatoff. “However, friends and family members have not heard from him since then, and the manner of his disappearance has become more suspicious.” Mason cofounded HighSurfWarning.com with DeMatoff, a local DJ, to provide live updates on surf conditions around Hawaii. Mason had also maintained his own weather blog. But DeMatoff notes that Mason hadn’t filed a surf report or posted a blog entry since early November, and that Mason’s landlord discovered “several boxes labeled with cryptic messages” in his Round Top Drive home.

Mason, who got his Masters Degree in Meteorology from the University of Hawaii, was the first surf forecaster at the Honolulu Advertiser, served as a radio and TV weatherman, and was a weather consultant for several film productions.

HighSurfWarning.com is DeMatoff’s second foray into providing surf information online, having previously worked with the Surf News Network. In a September 2005 interview with the Honolulu Advertiser, DeMatoff described Mason as the “backbone” of their new venture.

DeMatoff has posted additional information and photos of Mason at HighSurfWarning.com. Anyone with information on Mason’s whereabouts are asked to contact police at 621-8442.

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