More than 100 surfers have joined a memorial paddle-out in memory of beloved Bellambi man Colin ‘Colza’ Hunter.
Mr Hunter, a lifelong surfer, died while out in the lineup at Sandon Point the morning of May 22, aged 65.
His death has prompted an outpouring of grief and fond tributes, with about 600 people turning out for the funeral last week.
At Saturday’s memorial event, surfers straddled their boards and joined hands off Bellambi Point, where Mr Hunter most often surfed for the past 50 years, becoming one of the suburb’s best-known local identities.
“He was the custodian of the beach, and It won't be the same driving down to Bellambi car park and not seeing him there,” wrote the authors of a recently created petition, which calls for Bellambi Pools Park to be renamed in Mr Hunter’s honour.
“Colza has always been the positive constant, in a suburb that can test the best of us. He loved surfing, it gave him a sense of freedom. There is no questioning his love for Bellambi Beach.”