Farewell Paddle Out for Ben King
Surfing Fraternity shows its respect
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 22 March, 2006 : - - The Byron Bay surfing fraternity came out in numbers to farewell a well loved family man and Byron Bay Boardriders President, Ben King. BBBRC members took an active part in the paddleout in support of the family, wife jenny, Kurt, Maddi and Paris.
It was a sendoff not seen before in the Bay, with many surfers travelling from the Gold Coast and interstate to be there. Around 600 surfers paddled out after a short service on the beach, leaving at least another 200 watching from the beach.
The traditional circle and blessing was managed in fine style considering there were such a large number of surfers involved, a credit to the club organisers and the goodwill of those involved.
Likewise, the church service overflowed with a large crowd listening to the service from outside the church. Ben has left a lasting legacy for local surfers to nurture. An aloha spirit and a focus on the successful future of the Byron Bay Boardriders and surfing in "the Bay".
Passings - Surfersvillage