A passer-by found a man’s body on St Clair Beach in Dunedin about 6.50pm on Monday. (File photo)
A surfer whose body was found on a Dunedin beach is understood to be Chris Sinclair, a father of two and manager at Port Otago.
Police were called to St Clair Beach after a passer-by spotted the body on shore, with a surfboard still attached, about at about 6.50pm on Monday, Senior Sergeant Craig Dinnissen said.
Officers tried to revive the 50-year-old but were unsuccessful.
Fellow surfers described Sinclair as a kaumātua of the Dunedin surfing community.
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A friend said the family had requested privacy.
A police spokeswoman said officers were assisting with an investigation into the death on behalf of the coroner.
“The coroner will release their findings in due course.”
In a Facebook post, the South Coast Board Riders Club notified the public that a rāhui (temporary closure) was in place from Lawyers Head to Seconds Beach until 6.30pm on Wednesday, banning the gathering of kaimoana (seafood) and recreational activities in the area.
“Please share this notice with the public, your whānau/family, friends, contacts, networks, including surfers, seafood gatherers, fishers, commercial fishers and divers,” the post said.
A further post said: ‘’It is with great sadness that we learn of the passing of one of our kaumātua in the surf this past evening.”
The post said the entire surfing community in the south was in mourning.
“On behalf of the club, all its members and the community, we offer our heartfelt condolences to the family at this sad and difficult time.
“We can’t imagine the depths of your pain right now, but know that we are all here for you.”
Dunedin mayor Aaron Hawkins shared the rāhui notice on social media on Tuesday, saying his “thoughts are with the surfer’s family and friends”.