21.3 C
Byron Shire
December 2, 2021

Popular surfer farewelled at Shelly Beach

Latest News

A disappointed dog

It’s taken a whole week for my dog to read to page 21 in last week’s Echo. She’s been...

Other News

When we get to 95 per cent vaccination, this will happen

Just when we were getting used to the current COVID roadmap, it has changed directions. Adjustments to previous settings scheduled for this milestone were announced yetserday.

Ballina Shire Council defs not a ‘boys’ club’, says outgoing female councillor

This person is claiming that the council is a 'boys'' club and that the out-going mayor is one of them.

Flood warning for Richmond and Wilsons Rivers

A deepening low pressure trough through the northeast of the state is expected to bring rain and thunderstorms during Tuesday and Wednesday, according to the State Emergency Service.

The nitty-gritty with the Lismore Mayoral candidates

Last month The Echo asked the Lismore Mayoral candidates 20 questions* about their thoughts, ideas and pizza, and as...

Storms and rain for Tuesday and Wednesday in the Northern Rivers

The Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) is predicting widespread thunderstorms and rain for the Northern Rivers.

South East Canteen: just the good stuff

Simon Haslam South East Canteen is the new project from Tyler Preston, trained at Melbourne’s cult classic Chin Chin, and...

Tadashi 1
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.


Support The Echo

Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.

Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Realistic, local agendas!

On Saturday 4 December we need to vote for people who focus on issues that can be controlled by Council. Candidates claiming they can,...

Coal shame for Queensland and Australian

Local Whitsundays resident Paul Jukes took action this morning against the continued development of the Adani Carmichael Coal Mine.

Wilsons River flood peak and flooding not expected for Tweed, Rouse, Brunswick River catchments

The prediction provided by the Bureau of Meteorology expects that locals around the Wilsons River at Lismore will see the river peak this afternoon at 4.20m. However, ‘Flooding is no longer expected in the Tweed, Rouse, Brunswick River catchments.

Vote for community

From 2007 to 2020, I lived in Byron Bay. I worked as a community-based coastal and marine researcher and writer. I wrote about this...