HONOLULU — A former Big Island resident is awaiting trial in Indonesia over a surfing dispute that happened two years ago.

Oahu resident Zack Moore said he was visiting 43-year-old Jordan Heuer in Indonesia two weeks ago when Heuer received a summons to speak with prosecutors, Hawaii News Now reported (http://bit.ly/2xDHYfn ). But that conversation request turned into Heuer being suddenly arrested and jailed, Moore said.

“It was a sad day to see him leave because I wasn’t sure if I was ever going to see him again,” Moore said.

Heuer moved to Indonesia in 2000 and owns Kandui Villas, a luxury surf resort.

The arrest stems from an incident in May 2015 when Heuer and another surfer allegedly got into a fight. Heuer filed a police report claiming the other man started the fight, but now could face an attempted-murder charge, according to Hawaii News Now.

“I’m feeling absolutely terrible for my son who’s in jail in a third-world country,” said Big Island resident Lori Heuer, Jordan Heuer’s mother.

Friends, family, surfing colleagues and former resort guests are rallying to support him. A crowdfunding campaign was created to help pay for legal fees and possible bail, if granted to Heuer. A petition is also circulating to help set Heuer free.

“We’re trying to get a good lawyer, the best we can find, to get him out of the situation,” Moore said.


This version corrects the spelling of the last name of the surfer and his mother, Heuer not Heurer.

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