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Young surfer remembered

By Lynda Figueredo - email

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - A surfing contest is holding deep meaning for members of one Savannah family.

Friends and family of 9-year-old Ashley Mosley held a memorial paddle-out at Tybee beach in honor of the young surfer who died tragically in a car accident on August 15, 2009.

"He was my best friend. me, him and Noah we just went out surfing everyday before he died . I hope he has a happy life up there," said Ronin Ichstead.

Investigators say 23-year-old James Bell, who is charged with vehicular homicide was driving a two seat corvette with four other people in the car on Tybee, when he lost control.  The impact of the crash killed Ashley at the scene.

Ichstead remembers that tragic day all too well. Today he wore a jersey which displays a special patch with Ashleys initials.

"We played on the same football team and I met him when he came out surfing one day. Once I heard I was shocked at what happened. I couldn't believe it," said Ichstead.

It is still hard for people to believe what happened to Ashley, so today nearly 100 surfers sat in a moment of silence.

"It was so touching, especially all of the people that participated," said Ashleys Father, Michael Mosley. 

Michael says his son looked up to many of these surfers.

"He enjoyed being on the water with these guys. All of these guys treated him like a little brother. They do the same with Noah,: said Mosley.

It was difficult for Noah to paddle out without his sidekick competing in the tournament.

Mosley says one day they will share a wave with their lost loved one.

"We still have Ash in our memory in everything we do. We always talk about Ash and how much we miss him. We know we will see him one day," said Mosley.

Together the surfers are uniting as one family in memory of Ashley.

Ashley's twin brother, Noah won first place in his division at the Eastern Surfing Association competition.

The paddle out was sponsored by the Surf Rider Foundation.

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