A surfer who drowned at a beach near Grafton over the Easter weekend has been identified as Currumbin father Anthony Karos.
The 48-year-old is believed to have drowned after encountering difficult swimming conditions at the popular surf spot of Minne Water on Sunday.
He was winched from the sea after being spotted unconscious in the water and could not be revived.
Described as a “water lover” and “keen surfer” on his business profile page, Mr Karos had been involved in a number of community organisations along the coast, including serving as a board member and treasurer of the Gold Coast Waterpolo Association.
Mr Karos is survived by his wife Trudi and three daughters Lili, Lexi and Indi.
Friends Ali and Cal Davidson from Burleigh Heads gym Elevation Fitness described Mr Karos as the “life of the party” in a tribute posted online.
“He was larger than life, ALWAYS ready for a chat, would do anything for anyone and befriended anyone he came across,” the post said.
“AK is also family to Cal and I and our boys and we are absolutely devastated to lose such an amazing friend.
“A big kid at heart – he made an effort to make everyone feel included and welcome and was a beautiful soul.”
Another friend, Cherie Worthing, said Mr Karos’s passing would leave the “biggest hole in our hearts we will never fill ” and that he was “adored by so many”.
“Not really sure how we do life without this gem – will hold you dear to our hearts forever and ever” Ms Cherie added.