Soccer Ball Finds it’s Way Back Home

It’s been a journey that’s for sure, but the soccer ball we found on the coast on the Washington coast near the Chilean Memorial as part of the Ikkatsu Roadless Coast Project has finally been returned home.

John Returns Soccer Ball

Children of the Otsuchi Soccer Club with John
(Photo courtesy of John Anderson)

The film crew of the upcoming documentary, Lost and Found, along with John Anderson, returned the ball to the kids of the Otsuchi Soccer Club. John who is rather well know for his beach combing efforts and debris museum was kind enough to offer to return our ball along with the some other artifacts he’s found on the coast.

Tsunami Soccer Ball

Soccer ball found by Steve near the Chilean Memorial.
(Photograph by Ken Campbell)

John Returns Soccer Ball

John returning the soccer ball we found during our 2012 paddle down the Washington Coast.
(Photo courtesy of John Anderson)

I don’t have all  the details yet, but apparently their manager Dice Cay was lost in the tsunami along with all their gear, balls and uniforms making the return of our ball all the more poignant.

I’ll post updates here as I get them.


Steve Weileman, wilderness guide, professional photographer, and award-winning filmmaker, continues to combine his passion for the outdoors and his creativity into filmmaking as well as making his unique set of skills available for commercial productions. His work has been featured on CNN, National Geographic, and OutsideTV, as well as numerous local outlets.

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  • 'Roadless Coast' to be featured on OutsideTV - Essex Media & Explorations October 9, 2014 (7:04 pm)

    […] During the course of our journey we found both the remains of a Japaneses home or more specifically the remains of the bathroom as well as a soccer ball. Through the help of news team from Japan covering our journey the ball was traced back to the Otsuchi Soccer Club. With the help of John Anderson and the film crew of Lost and Found it was evidently returned. You can read about it here. […]

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