Words comfort kiter’s partner

Words comfort kiter’s partner

‘You have all captured with your words his love of life, his larger than life personality, his generous and helping heart and his passion for the sport that eventually claimed his life,’ partner Margot Malone (47) said.

Flowers and an envelope to ‘Daddy’ were placed at the surfing spot between Dean and Rosendo streets on Marine Parade.

The kiters have also established a fund for Mr Sprod and Ms Malone’s son, Milo.

‘We’ll use it for his schooling and I know Marc was keen for him to be sent to Hale School,’ Ms Malone said.

She said kitesurfing was Mr Sprod’s passion and he would often not wait for his work as a plumber to finish before checking the weather for a kiting session that would leave him exhausted and exhilarated.

‘If he couldn’t kite for a day, he was miserable,’ she said.

Swanbourne kiter and friend Scott Magee said he always remembered Mr Sprod’s large grin when both were on the water.

‘I like to go flat out on this board (and) just hold the edge like a bullet train. I should know as I’m an ex-train driver!’ Mr Sprod wrote on website Seabreeze about jumping off the water.

‘Pops outta the water like a NASA rocket! The other day I popped so much I left a flag next to the Americans on the MOON!’

Before the accident, Mr Sprod helped another kiter in trouble, an action for which he was well-known within the kiting community.

WA Kite Surfing Association president Darren Ellis said the accident had shocked kiters across the world.

The association was speaking with coastal councils about safety for the sport.

– Details of the fund are at tim@jhcs.com.au.