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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

More than 200 surfers made a paddle-out on the Sunshine Coast today in memory of Chris Boyd, who was killed by a shark in WA just over two weeks ago.

Mr Boyd, who grew up in Yaroomba, just south of Coolum Beach, learned to surf at the break where his mates paid tribute to him this morning.

They held a minute's silence on the water "Boydy" knew so well and surfed so often before he moved to WA 18 months ago.

The 35-year-old had been surfing Umbies break at Lefthanders Beach alone on November 23 when he fatally mauled by a great white shark.

A rescue jetski kept a close eye on the circle of surfers while a shark patrol helicopter flew up and down the coastline.

After the minute's silence, the surfers cheered and let off flares in memory of Mr Boyd, a plumber and father-of-two.

Mr Boyd was described as an inspirational surfer and a local hero, who guided many grommets over the years in Yaroomba and Coolum.

Chris Boyd. Supplied picture

Jimmy Wallace, from Coolum Boardriders' Club, said Mr Boyd had been a big influence in his surfing.

“We all looked up to him. To have a role model like him was a massive privilege,” he said.

Mr Boyd lived in Margaret River with his partner Krystle Westwood.

Ms Westwood, Mr Boyd's parents Charlie and Barbara and his brother Nick returned to Queensland this week following a memorial paddle-out in Gracetown.

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.