‘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 in Marine Parade, before kiters established a fund for 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,’ Ms Malone said.
Swanbourne kiter and friend Scott Magee said he always remembered Mr Sprod’s large grin when they were on the water. Before the accident, Mr Sprod helped another kiter who was in trouble, an action he was well known for .
He was seen kiting close to shore in his second session of the afternoon in westerly winds ranging 12 to 35 knots, when it appeared the swell suddenly withdrew, leaving him running on hard sand before he tripped, fell and may have been knocked unconscious.
Wind gusts led to Mr Sprod being lifted by the kite through sand dunes into pine barrier logs and a small tree.
A fellow kiter and anaesthetist David Angliss were among doctors who treated Mr Sprod before he was taken by ambulance to Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital were he could not be revived, after which police took his kiting gear for a coronial inquiry.
WA Kite Surfing Association president Darren Ellis said the accident had shocked kiters across the world and collective safety for the sport was part of continuing dialog the association had with coastal councils.
Mr Sprod was cremated with his kite at Fremantle Cemetery last Saturday.
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