Former Sunshine Coast surfer Les Norish catches a wave at Kalbarri in Western Australia.
Former Sunshine Coast surfer Les Norish catches a wave at Kalbarri in Western Australia. Contributed

Surfers paddle out in memory of legend of Coast scene

BOARDRIDERS will paddle out on opposite sides of the country this weekend to honour a man who dedicated his life to surfing.

Former Sunshine Coast surfer Les "Noro" Norish died shortly after catching a wave at Kalbarri in Western Australia on November 18.

He was well-known on the Sunshine Coast for his time spent at various breaks during the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s but especially in the Caloundra area.

Mr Norish also shaped and repaired boards and offered advice to many young surfers.

He moved to Western Australia in 1990 to be closer to a dream left-hand break that suited his goofy foot surfing stance.

The 66-year-old was a regular amongst the dawn surfing crowd.

His life ended after he had a suspected heart attack in the water at Jakes Point.

VALE: Former Coast surfer Les Norish relaxes with his daughter Suzie and granddaughter Isla.
VALE: Former Coast surfer Les Norish relaxes with his daughter Suzie and granddaughter Isla. Contributed

Close friend and Sunshine Coast resident Lidya Kowalewycz said she would be travelling with her partner Russell Jurrs to Kalbarri on Thursday for a paddle out memorial service in Mr Norish's honour.

She said Mr Norish's ashes would be spread in the water at Jakes Point on Saturday morning.

A simultaneous paddle out has been organised to occur at Dicky Beach for those who could not make the trip to Western Australia.

Those wishing to pay their respects can meet at Neill St before the 8am commemoration.

Boardriders can paddle out to join others or people can watch from the shore.

"There are many older surfers from up the Coast who will probably come out of the woodwork hopefully," Lidya said.


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