After rising early to go surfing near Wedge Island, Ben Linden and his mate Ryan Soulis had been in the water for more than an hour when they noticed the enormous shark swimming below them.
Mr Linden was completely at home in the ocean, but the 24-year-old did not stand a chance against the 5m great white that circled the surfers before fatally attacking him.
Yesterday, Mr Soulis, Mr Linden's family and his long-time girlfriend Alana Noakes said the avid surfer was now at rest in his favourite place after an inquest was told there was no doubt he was killed in a "catastrophic" shark attack.
Mr Linden would travel far and wide in pursuit of his passion and July 14 last year was no different.
Just after 7am, more than 160km north of Perth, the two friends entered the water south of Wedge Island before moving in search of better waves.
Jurien Bay Sen. Const. Paul Donnellan told Perth Coroner's Court that Mr Soulis was about 15m from Mr Linden when he noticed the huge shark below them.
Mr Soulis started paddling to shore when the shark surfaced so close to him that he could feel the spray from its gills.
The friends kicked and yelled at the shark, which turned on Mr Linden and attacked him, dragging him under the water.
Jetskier Matthew Holmes, who was nearby, tried to pull Mr Linden's lifeless body from the water but the shark then turned on him.
Mr Holmes picked up Mr Soulis on his jetski and they searched for Mr Linden but only his surfboard, which had bite marks, remained.
An air and sea search was launched but Mr Linden's body was never found.
Sen. Const. Donnellan said the injuries were not survivable and it was "more than probable" Mr Linden died of a shark attack.
Outside court, Mr Soulis said his mate could now rest in the place that he loved.
Ms Noakes said it was difficult hearing the details of her high school sweetheart's death and she was glad the inquest was over.
"Now he is part of the ocean and that's where he belongs," she said.
"He was everything to so many people, not just me, he lived life to the absolute fullest … he crammed in so many years in his 24 years, he lived a full life in the time that he had."
Mr Linden's sister Kelli Meugens said when her brother was not needed on land he was in the water and he knew the risks of surfing.
Coroner Barry King offered his condolences to the family and told them the inquest was a formality as they knew what had happened to Mr Linden.Mr Linden was the fifth person to die from a shark attack in WA between September 2011 and July last year.