Friends pad­dle out for To­moe

Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin - - NEWS - LIANA TURNER

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.

Pic­ture: LIANA TURNER

Friends gather on the beach at Fin­gal Head be­fore pad­dling out in hon­our of To­moe Ogisu.

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