"Paddle Out" Ceremony to Remember Wilmington Man

SEPTEMBER 10, 2005 -- Friends and family celebrated the life of Ed Manuel on Saturday.

We first brought you the story of Manuel back in July.

He passed away of a heart attack while surveying marshy land in Brunswick County.

Friends, family and fellow surfers gathered at Manuel's favorite surfing spot by Crystal Pier at Wrightsville Beach.

They shared their memories they've had with Manuel over the years. Then over 30 surfers paddled out with a reef and flowers in memory of Manuel. His wife, jean, says a "Paddle Out Ceremony" is exactly what her husband would have wanted.

Manuel previously lived on Nathan Street in Wrightsville Beach.

For the last 12 years, his family has lived in Wake Forest, North Carolina.

Reported by Kacey Gaumer