Mason Melcer attached his GoPro camera to a boogie board in summer 2012 and paddled out into the ocean, hoping to snare some remarkable shots of the waves.
It turned out to be the camera's last voyage. Mason, an 11-year-old Newport Beach resident who had saved up to buy the GoPro on eBay, mounted it on a board that was too soft to stay adhesive, and when the sea got rough, the device promptly disappeared.
But the footage Mason captured that day got an unexpected denouement a year and a half later. And if ever a story could be told by social media links, it's this one.
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The 101-second video posted on the Facebook page I Love Newport Beach begins with Mason in the back seat of a car, after which the scene cuts to him standing in a wetsuit on the beach at Big Corona. Then, just as abruptly, the point of view shifts to the camera's, balanced on the board's tip, as it captures the waves and Mason splashing around in them.