Friends paddle out for Tomoe
HE treated strangers like family and brought joy into every life he touched.
That’s how those close to Japanese man Tomoe Ogisu, 22, will remember him.
Friends of Mr Ogisu, who drowned at Fingal Head after being swept away in a strong rip earlier this week, took to the water at Kirra Beach yesterday in a traditional Australian paddle-out.
Hayden Brock, who was staying at the Coolangatta Sands Hotel along with Mr Ogisu, said they had often gone surfing together at the popular Gold Coast break, so it seemed the perfect tribute for their “amazing” friend.
Keito Suzuki, who had known Mr Ogisu for two years and travelled with him from Japan, took flowers to Fingal Head on Thursday and said the loss of his best friend had been difficult.
Another good friend, Stav Dahan, said a note on Mr Ogisu’s board, which translates to “forget yesterday, don’t worry about tomorrow”, was testament to the way he lived his life.
“Every time you’d see him he was smiling,” she said.
Logan Rickards, who also met Mr Ogisu at the backpacker accommodation, said he was “always happy and kind”.
“He was just an incredible guy,” Mr Rickards said.
Friends gather on the beach at Fingal Head before paddling out in honour of Tomoe Ogisu.