Aaron Beveridge, Margaret River WA: Tributes flowing for missing surfer

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The first messages of condolence have been received for a man who disappeared while surfing at his “favorite spot.”

Aaron Beveridge was last seen in the water at Surfers Point near Margaret River, south of Perth, on Friday afternoon.

His mother, Cheryl Wilson, presided over the funeral and wrote a devastating message on Facebook announcing her son’s presumed death.

“A mother’s worst nightmare this weekend,” wrote Ms Wilson.

“My son Aaron James Beveridge tragically lost his life at sea while pursuing his passion for surfing on the Margaret River in Western Australia.

“I can’t understand what’s happening. Hard to process. Rest in peace, Aaron. You were loved by so many people… absolutely devastated.”

Mr Beveridge’s father, Don Beveridge, also published an obituary in which he said his son “never returned” from surfing at his “favorite spot.”

“On Friday our son, brother, father and friend Aaron Beveridge went surfing at his favourite spot in Margaret River,” Mr Beveridge wrote.

“Unfortunately, he never returned. Words cannot describe the loss we all feel right now.”

Chayne, Mr Beveridge’s daughter, posted a picture apparently showing Mr Beveridge surfing a large wave and captioned it with the heartbreaking “no words x”.

The 47-year-old was reported missing at 4:35 p.m. on Friday by another surfer who saw he needed help but was unable to reach him due to rough conditions.

He was one of several surfers using longboards in the area at the time. Witnesses reported seeing Mr. Beveridge’s board in the “tombstone position” before the ropes snapped on his leg.

Police and emergency services were called to Surfers Point on Friday to conduct a large-scale search and rescue operation in the water and beach area.

But police, sea rescue and jet skis had to interrupt their search on Saturday afternoon due to adverse weather conditions.

On Monday afternoon, the search for Mr Beveridge was called off indefinitely pending new information.

Friends and family described Mr Beveridge as a “great boy”.

Another tribute read: “Rest in peace Aaron Beveridge. Whenever I came to the Margaret River area I would usually see you at the beach or the skate park.”

“The city wouldn’t be the same without your car and your amazing dog parked in the parking lot while you surf.”

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