On the 16th of December 2004 Nick was taken by a shark off the beach at West Beach, he was with some mates being pulled behind a boat on a surf board just having fun. I didn't know Nick personally but I can remember that day as if it was yesterday it was late in the afternoon and I heard it on the radio on my way home from work all the news break said was that a teenage boy had been taken by a shark. It made me go cold as Lucas quite often went to the beach for a swim after school. West beach is about 15 minutes from our house Lucas was at the beach that afternoon but he was at Grange.
Nicks parents have set up a trust in his name all proceeds made from it go to the surf life saving association. Sean was a close friend of Nicks they went to school together on Saturday they had a surf competition in memory of Nick as he was a keen surfer as is Sean.
Here are the boys paddling out Nicks brother Christian and his father Phil went out for a surf they had a 20 minute surf at midday for non competitors.
The competitor paddled out and formed a circle.
I expect they did some reflecting.
Then headed out to catch some waves.
Sean coming in after his surf.Give your children a special hug they are very precious.
On a lighter note it wouldn't be a day out without Mel ..........he thought he was up to surfing with the big boys but I persuaded him to stay close to shore.
He sat and watched the waves crash in from the roof of the car.
He sat on some rocks down on the beach don't you love it...... he is the same colour as my shoes..... green....... my favourite colour.
On the way home we stopped and showed him what he could have been made out of ......................lovely soft alpaca wool.