Family in hunt for surfer
FAMILY and friends of a Sunshine Coast man missing during a Bali surf trip have turned to other holidaymakers and surfers for clues.
Peter Maynard's wife, Kylie, and other family members have flown to Bali to find him.
The 45-year-old Castaways Beach surfer and Noosa bar manager has been missing on the island of Nusa Lembongan for at least a week.
His family and friends hope the recollections and photographs of other visitors to the island might hold vital information.
Katrina Thorpe, a friend of Mrs Maynard, said they were yet to establish exactly when and where he went missing.
"If anyone was in the area in the last week of August, if they could check through their photographs," Mrs Thorpe said.
"He may have been in the background of photos at restaurants, breakfasts, surfing.
"The photos will have a date on them and we will be able to work out when he was last seen."
It is understood that the hotel where Mr Maynard was staying reported him missing on August 28 after he failed to check out.
Mrs Maynard did not learn her husband was missing until she was contacted by consulate officials on Wednesday.
All of his belongings were reportedly found in his room apart from one of three surfboards he had taken to Bali.
Mr Maynard was a keen surfer and Mrs Thorpe said he knew the breaks of Lembongan well.
"We hope someone might say 'I've surfed with him at this break on this day' and we might know where he was surfing and where he was heading for," she said.
Regular visitors to Nusa Lembongan described the island as "like Bali 20 years ago" and very safe, despite a little illegal gambling.
They said it was hard to imagine anything untoward happening to a visitor and said a mishap in the surf was more likely. But they said there were almost always other surfers out and it would be unusual that a mishap would go unnoticed.
Mrs Thorpe said the ex-pat community in Bali had joined in the search and had checked the main hospitals in Bali for him.
"The ex-pat community has been amazing. These are strangers doing this for another Australian."
She said it was a difficult time for Mr Maynard's wife and family.
"They are just such a lovely family and a lovely, happy couple," she said.
The Maynards' three children are staying with friends and relatives.
Mrs Thorpe asked anyone with information to post it on the Bali Expats Facebook page.