Riptide Magazine and the entire Australian bodyboarding community are deeply saddened by the news of Gold Coast bodyboarder Stevie Lloyd’s passing.

Stevie was renowned not just on the Gold Coast but across the country for his passion to grassroots bodyboarding, his talents as a dropknee rider, and his bubbly and infectious personality both in and out of the water.

He was always willing to lend a hand and give back to the sport he loved, as evident with his volunteer work as President of the North Burleigh Bodyboard Club.

Stevie was a well-respected competitive dropknee bodyboarder, winning numerous contests at both a state and national level, and his name graced the pages of Riptide Magazine on numerous occasions.

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However, he will best be remembered for his passion for the ocean and was a regular smiling face in the water at Duranbah, as well as waves up and down the Gold Coast whenever there was some swell around.

Many bodyboarders across Australia and the world have taken to social media to pay tribute to Stevie and many more will continue to do so, such was the effect he had on all those he met.

Like anyone who had the pleasure of meeting him, we will greatly miss Stevie and his absence will leave a massive hole in the Gold Coast bodyboarding community.

R.I.P Stevie lloyd.

There will be a Paddle Out in tribute of Stevie Lloyd taking place at North Burleigh beach this Sunday, July 3. More details of the event can be found here.

There is also a GoFundMe page set up to help support Stevie’s family.

If you or anyone you know needs help, contact Lifeline on 13 11 14.

photos by Jon Wright and Alex Ormerod

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