Surfing community remembers Frank Hayter’s love for the sport after his death


Western Australian surfing mainstay Frank Hayter will be remembered as “a guy who lived to surf” after a tragic accident at a popular surf spot in Margaret River.

His death devastated the tight-knit surfing communities of Margaret River and Perth.

On Monday afternoon, police responded to a fatal surfing incident at Surfers Point in Prevelly, 10 minutes from Margaret River.

They later confirmed that a man in his 60s had died.

It is understood that other surfers helped free Mr Hayter’s body from his leg rope, which was stuck in the reef.

Mr. Hayter was a founding member of the Scarborough Boardriders Club and won several state and national titles during his early years.

Tributes pour in for the beloved surfer and father

Surfing Western Australia Managing Director Mark Lane said that as a young surfer he had always admired Mr Hayter.

“My heart goes out to them (his family). I know how much that affects me, not to mention the partners, family and grandchildren who were really close to Frank.”

Mr Lane said Mr Hayter moved to Margaret River some 20 years ago and surfed Surfers Point as much as he could.

“He loved surfing Margaret River, it was his favorite break,” he said.

People who knew Mr. Hayter say he died doing what he loved. (Provided: Surf WA)

Longtime friend Tom Blaxell used to surf with Mr. Hayter when he joined the Dolphin Surfriders club from Scarborough in the early 1970s.

He said it was rare to lose a “soldier in the water” and that it was a huge shock.

“There has always been this Scarborough fraternity and still is.”

He said his two sons followed in his footsteps working for Surfing WA and the World Surf League.

Two accidents in an “unusual” day

Earlier Monday morning, another surfer at the mouth of the river in Margaret River had to be airlifted to Royal Perth Hospital with spinal and leg injuries.

Two ambulances parked on a beach.
Ambulances at Surfers Point after the death of Mr. Hayter.(ABC Southwest WA)

Augusta-Margaret River County President Ian Earl said the swells were significant on Monday, but one-day injury and death were unheard of.

“There are a lot of very upset surfers and community members and I offer my condolences to his family and all of his friends.”

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