Scores of surfers from the NSW north coast and southeast Queensland will gather tomorow (Saturday) for a memorial service to honour Tadashi Nakahara, who died after being attacked on his board by a great white shark at Shelly Beach on Monday morning.
Ballina beaches remained closed this morning and regular surfing events have been cancelled this weekend out of respect for the 41-year-old Japanese-born surfer.
Mr Nakahara’s friends, many from his former home on the Gold Coast, will gather on Shelly Beach at 10am for the memorial, while his parents are expected to arrive from Japan tomorrow to take his body back to his homeland for a private funeral.
The popular Ballina local had worked for seven years at the Ramada in Martin Street, where staff held a ceremonial send-off for him last Wednesday at the beach, with a wreath laid on the water.
Beaches between South Ballina and Lennox Head will remain closed until further notice following shark sightings late yesterday on Wednesday.
Aerial patrols sighted a four-metre shark near Flat Rock and a three-metre shark near Ballina Bar around 5.30pm.
Police are urging the public to stay out of the water until conditions are considered to be safe.