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A great character and surfer, known and loved across Australia and beyond.

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Kiwi in his 60s, ripping.

Kiwi White, forever a free spirit – tribute from South Australia’s Port Lincoln Times

26 June 20


Port Lincoln and the Eyre Peninsula are mourning the loss of "surfing royalty" with the passing of well known personality, Kiwi White, last week.

Kiwi died following a 14-month battle with mesothelioma.

Tributes to Kiwi were shared across social media, remembering a free-spirited man who loved surfing and who made friends across Eyre Peninsula, Australia and the world.

His daughter Sophie White said it was not surprising to see all of the support for her father.

 "One of dad's most endearing traits was his openness to everybody and everything and he had an enthusiasm for life that was hard to match" she said.

"He saw the good in every person and was never judgemental.

"I'm disappointed he can't be here to see the love people have shown...he's achieved his goal of bringing the world a little bit closer together."

A mad keen surfer, Kiwi was among the first group of surfers to explore the waves of the Eyre Peninsula.

He would also tackle the waves across the globe, including in South Africa, Mexico, California and Hawaii and even surfed off Ireland, making many friends along the way.

Miss White said her father had said that on the waves he could forget his worries and feel free.

"It just made him feel free," she said. "He had a love affair with the ocean."

As well as being beloved by the surfing community, he was fondly remembered by the Port Lincoln fishing community during his time as a tuna spotter.

Kiwi had battled mesothelioma - a rare type of cancer that mostly affects the lungs and is linked to exposure to asbestos.

However he continued to surf and even won the 75 and over category at the Crescent Head Malibu Classic in New South Wales last year.

Miss White said just like the big waves, her father never backed down.

She said he was given three to six months to live, and the family held a small celebration when he passed 12 months, with Kiwi talking about being around until at least 100.

"He just didn't have any negativity," she said. "He believed he could conquer his disease and he fought until the very end.

"He just loved life."

Miss White said she believed her beloved father was now "off chasing the next big wave".

 - AUTHOR: JARRAD DELANEY

  - SOURCE: PORT LINCOLN TIMES

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