Today marked the first anniversary of the death of Chris Drake, a local surfer on Sydney's Northern Beaches.
Chris tragically died last year saving the lives of two young girls at North Curl Curl when he was swept of the rocks into the ocean.
Since then his parents Trevor & Nicole have started a charity in honour of their son, Smile Like Drake, which aims to raise awareness, develop and provide water safety on and around Australian beaches & waterways.
At the time of Chris's disappearance his friends had started a tribute on twitter #smilelikedrake, the charity adopted the same name in reference to Chris's reputation for his smiles which he was always happy to share with those around him, both friends & strangers.
This morning, in true style the surfing community came together to commemorate Chris in both life & death and paddled out at Shelley Beach.
The ocean which has been relatively calm this past week kicked up last night and today seemed not unlike the day he died- a tribute from the sea perhaps, and maybe even a nod from Chris Drake.
I did not know Chris personally, but his story can't help but strike a chord with anyone bought up on the ocean, it was a fitting tribute, and the work Trevor & Nicole have continued on with in their son's memory will help many more generations grow, live & love the beaches with the respect the ocean deserves.
please check out their work here, and pass it on