Dunedin surfer Chris Sinclair remembered as ‘top block hell’

Chris Sinclair was considered a Kamoto of the Dunedin Surfing Community.

Mark Stevenson

Chris Sinclair was considered a Kamoto of the Dunedin Surfing Community.

Tributes were paid to a “true family man” and “top block” whose bodies were found on the shores of Dunedin on Monday.

Senior Sgt. Craig Dennison said police were called to St. Clair Beach when the body of a passer-by spotted surfer, Chris Sinclair, was found on the beach, with the surfboard still attached around 6:50 p.m.

Officers tried to revive Sinclair but failed.

Fellow surfers called Sinclair a comet of the Dunedin surfing community. And many tributes were published online by Wednesday.

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Friend Mark Stevenson said Sinclair was a real family man and was never far from his wife Louise and two children, Oli and Ben.

“[He] Always involved in an outdoor activity or other activity, or helping his children, whether on the slopes, on land or on the water.

“It looks like Chris was always up for a challenge and competing in a lot of sports.”

Sinclair worked on competitive wind surfing, setting up and competing in local multi-sport and adventure racing scenes.

Many tributes were paid to Sinclair on Wednesday.

Mark Stevenson

Many tributes were paid to Sinclair on Wednesday.

He also rode road bikes and mountain bikes, and the family was an integral part of the local surf and surf life-saving community.

“Chris and family were literally community,” Stevenson said.

“He was genuinely interested in people, straightforward, and people commented that he was a real top man.”

A Facebook post called Sinclair a “hell that ends too soon” that “went out to do what he wanted.”

Thank you for who you were, what you stood for and what you achieved. My thoughts are with Chris’ family and friends.

Another said Sinclair was “one of the best blocks.”

“We will remember her big friendly smile on the back and on the beach.

“Our love and thoughts go to Louis, his wife, his son Ben, Oli and his grown-up Vanuatu.”

A tribute to Sinclair

Mark Stevenson

A tribute states that Sinclair “ended very soon.”

Equipment Sinclair is believed to be a member of the South Coast Board Riders Club (SCBRC) and a manager in Port Otago.

Port Otago declined to comment when contacted. Equipment

In a ___ Facebook post. On Monday, the SCBRC informed the public that it has maintained a Rohi (temporary closure) from Lawyers Head to Second Beach until 6.30pm on Wednesday, which will disrupt kimwana (seafood) and recreational activities in the area. Is prohibited.

“Please share this notice with the public, your family, friends, contacts, networks including surfers, seafood collectors, fishermen, commercial fishermen and divers,” the Post said.

A passerby found Sinclair's body on Dunedin's St. Clair Beach around 5:50 p.m. Monday.  (File photo)

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A passerby found Sinclair’s body on Dunedin’s St. Clair Beach around 5:50 p.m. Monday. (File photo)

Another post said: “It is with great sadness that we learn of the death of one of our Kamutova surfers last evening.

The letter said the entire surfing community in the south was in mourning.

“On behalf of the club, all its members and the community, we extend our heartfelt condolences to the family in this sad and difficult time.

“We can’t imagine the depth of your pain right now, but know we’re all here for you.”

Dunedin Mayor Aaron Hawkins shared the Rohoi notice on social media on Tuesday, saying his thoughts were with Surfer’s family and friends.

A police spokesman said earlier. Equipment Officers were assisting the coroner in investigating the death.

“The coroner will release his results in due course.”

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