Have you seen this surfboard? Church of Beethoven sign has gone missing.


The Church of Beethoven’s surfboard has disappeared. If you’ve attended one of the Sunday morning concerts, either at the Filling Station on 4th or at the C of B’s new home at the Factory on 5th, you’ve seen it—the yellow surfboard with Beethoven painted on it.

But now it’s been stolen. Felix Wurman, Church of Beethoven founder, would like it back. Preferably before the August 30th concert that begins the new season.

The surfboard has been the concert series’ icon and wayfinding device. Painted by Felix’s English aunt just in time for the first performance, the Beethoven surfboard attracts attention and helps patrons find the concert locations. It has also been mentioned in almost every article written about the eclectic concert series.

Wired to a chain link fence outside the Church’s new home, the Beethoven surfboard may have blown off in a strong wind.

And the person who jumped out of their car late one night this summer to nab it probably didn’t really think they were stealing anything. The surfboard might have been on the ground already, near the road, looking like a really cool piece of trash that was actually a treasure.

Felix admits that painting a sign on a surfboard may not be completely original, but it’s unique for Albuquerque, and seems to perfectly capture the grassroots and quirky character of the Church of Beethoven.

If you’ve seen this surfboard, or have it in your possession, please contact Felix at 505-307-9647 so it can be returned. No questions asked, and you might even get a reward.

Or if you just happen to have another old surfboard cluttering up your place, you can call Felix about that as well.

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Comment by Rich Boucher on August 16, 2009 at 12:27pm
Has anyone had any luck finding this? Whether someone decided it was their right to take it, or the wind blew it far away somewhere, It's a shame either way.
Comment by E Cline on August 17, 2009 at 2:29pm
No word yet. I hope all the Church of Beethoven fans and performers will help spread the word and solve the mystery.
Comment by E Cline on August 18, 2009 at 10:55am
Could you please call Felix at the number listed in the post above to discuss? Thanks!

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