Friends and locals gather at Yaroomba Beach to remember WA shark attack victim Chris Boyd. Photo: Iain Curry / Sunshine Coast Daily
Friends and locals gather at Yaroomba Beach to remember WA shark attack victim Chris Boyd. Photo: Iain Curry / Sunshine Coast Daily Iain Curry

Surfers say big goodbye to shark victim Boydy at the beach

HUNDREDS of surfers dressed in boardies and bikinis cheered Chris Boyd's name as they surfed his favourite break to say their last goodbye yesterday.

'Boydy', a popular Yaroomba local, was tragically killed by a shark just south of Gracetown in Western Australia on November 23.

The fitting paddle-out farewell brought together about 400 surfers of all ages from Coolum Boardriders and the Sunshine Coast surfing community to celebrate the local surfing legend's life.

More than 200 surfers, many of them youngsters, lined the shore with boards in hand, some with native flowers from Western Australia, before paddling out.

Celebratory cheers were all that was heard as they charged into the water to form a circle past the break for a minute's silence for the Coolum boardrider.

From the shoreline, hundreds more watched as flowers were thrown and flares ignited to say goodbye to the "absolute legend".

Those lucky enough to call Mr Boyd a "mate" listened to stories told by his close friends.

His partner, Krystle Westwood, spoke proudly of her man, reading a poem she had written for him.

There were tears but also laughter as she recalled his cheeky sense of humour.

"I love you for the person you are, my soul mate, my best friend, my lover and my entire life," she said.

"I love the way we spent endless days at the beach and in the ocean together embracing what an amazing place we live in."

Mr Boyd has two young children, eight-year-old Jalan and six-year-old Sari.

He was described as a classic all-round waterman, a talented surfer, fisherman and diver.

Friend and Coolum Boardriders president Daryl Maudsley read tributes from the CEO of Surfing Australia Andrew Stark who said the "surfing community seriously mourns the loss of one of their own."

He spoke on behalf of Surfing Queensland Judges who said what "a great bloke" Chris was and how they were always entertained in the judging tent when Chris was in the competition.


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