Popular surfer farewelled at Shelly Beach

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People gather at Shelly Beach to farewell Tadashi Nakahara. Photos Jeff Dawson

41-year-old Tadashi Nakahara was killed by a shark on Monday. (supplied)

41-year-old Tadashi Nakahara was killed by a shark on Monday. (supplied)

Hundreds of people descended on Shelly Beach on Saturday morning to farewell Tadashi Nakahara, the surfer killed by a Great White shark there last Monday.

The memorial service drew a large crowd, estimated at around 500 people, and included surfers from Ballina-Lennox Head as well as further afield from the Gold Coast where Tadashi was also well known.

Surf lifesavers and ambulance staff and also attended.

Ballina mayor David Wright told the memorial service that Tadashi will be remembered by many ‘every time you go into the surf”.

Four-times world surfing champion Mark Richards said  Tadashi died  doing what he loved.

Mr Richards told the ABC that despite increased sightings of sharks on local beaches, there was no need for fear, as people had no control over what happened .

Celebrant of the service Kirsty Laing said Tadashi was a devoted and loving father who had moved to Australia from Japan 20 years ago and settled in Ballina about eight years ago.

Ms Laing, APN Media reported, he was a hard worker who juggled several jobs: as a chef, cleaner and surfboard distributor.

Tadashi’s body will be taken back to Japan for a private funeral.

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