Metal Detector Used: Beach Series (800-0302)
My Brother-in-Law, Jim and I decided to go to Santa Cruz beach to hunt with our Surfmaster PI Pro's. We waited until we knew there was going to be a minus tide.
Getting to the beach before the sun comes up was interesting. I spent about two hours finding only bottle caps, pull tabs, nails & 36 cents in change, before I got a good strong deep signal. I was working on the wet sand, probably 20 to 30 ft. farther than you can normally get to.
I dug down about 8 inches, and knew immediately what I had found, my first men's class ring. I've been detecting for about 30 years and I finally found one. It was a large gold high school ring, with the school name, year and sport emblem on the side. Looking at it, I saw that it had a first and last name inscribed on the inside.
As soon as I got back to my motel room, I got on the internet. I didn't have any luck checking with the school website or the ring manufacturer. I went to Google, and searched for the person's name & soccer, as that was the sport on the ring. The third hit down was the 2008 roster for the Foothills College team. It was in the same area as the high school. The coach's contact info was there. Through a couple of emails & phone calls I found that I had found the right person. It took less than an hour on the internet to find the owner of the lost ring.
I was able to meet with them the following morning on our way home, as it was only 15 miles out of our way. We met at the college took a few photos and were on our way home.
My first class ring & I didn't even get it home. Hey but it sure felt good to return it. The next thing I know the coach puts an article in the local paper The Daily News 05/30/2009, Page 69