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Moving tribute to WA shark attack victim
Surfers paid tribute to shark attack victim Chris Boyd with a paddle-out at Yaroomba Beach, Queensland. Picture: Simon Santi/The West Australian

The life and loves of Chris Boyd, the surfer killed by a great white shark in the waters off Western Australia last month, have been celebrated by hundreds at a touching service in his native Queensland.

More than 200 friends and family paddled into the water, and a further 200 gathered on the beach at Yaroomba on the Sunshine Coast, to remember the father-of-two who died in Margaret River in late November.

Included in the crowd was Mr Boyd's girlfriend Krystle Westwood, who recited a poem in memory of the 35-ear-old, while a pinch of sand and a drop of water from the Indian Ocean where he died were both released into the ocean.

"It was a beautiful day over here, a nice clean swell, and the day was a great reflection on the man himself," said club president Daryl Maudsley.

"Celebration was the basis of the whole day, and it was amazing out in the water, and great to pay tribute to a good friend in that way."

The 35-year-old plumber was surfing at a popular surf break Umbies off Gracetown, in Western Australia's South West, when he was killed.

Police said the shark bounced off another surfer's board before attacking Mr Boyd.

Mr Boyd's death was WA's first fatal shark attack this year, but came just weeks after abalone diver Greg Pickering was bitten on the face and body by a five-metre great white while diving off the coast of Esperance.

Friends and fellow surfers remembered shark attack victim Chris Boyd at Yaroomba Beach, Queensland, today. Picture: Simon Santi/The West Australian

Gracetown has endured three fatal attacks in the past 10 years.

Changes to toughen up the way the West Australian government deals with sharks in popular swimming and surfing areas are set to be unveiled next week.

But any suggestion of a cull has come under fire, with scientists saying it's over-emotional and pointless, and that a surge in shark bite incidents off WA's coast are linked to growing human population.