Memorial Paddle-Out to Honor Falck

ASSATEAGUE- Beloved local resident Steve Falck, who passed away in July after a lengthy battle with a rare neurological disease, will be remembered by the community with a memorial paddle-out at Assateague on Sunday morning.
Falck died peacefully at Coastal Hospice by the Lake in Salisbury on July 14 after a lengthy battle with Multiple Systems Atrophy (MSA), a rare neurological disease for which there is no cure or treatment. Despite the debilitating disease that curtailed many of his favorite activities in the waning months of his life, including surfing and everything else related to water sports, his spirit remained strong and active until the end and continued to set a perfect example of how to handle adversity with dignity, class and grace.
Nearly two months after his passing, friends and family will gather on Assateague around 9:30 a.m. on Sunday for a memorial paddle-out into the ocean Falck loved so much. Many are expected to paddle out on Sunday, while quite a few more will likely gather on the beach.
For those wishing to watch the ceremony from the water, Stormy and Bev Harrington have generously offered the services of their boat, the “Tiki XIV” out of the West Ocean City commercial harbor. The “Tiki XIV” can take about 30 people and those wishing to attend the paddle-out from the vessel are asked to get to the harbor by 7:30 a.m.
Friends and family will gather for the paddle-out at the North Beach parking area and those participating will paddle out from Shipwrecks. Parking in the area is $15 per vehicle, but carpooling is encouraged and a great place to meet and share a ride in is the visitor’s center on the west side of the bridge.