FINAL PADDLE: Balllina's George Ebbott, who was well known as the Shaws Bay paddleboarder, passed away on January 23 aged 86. He is pictured in 2010 when he took up the sport. PHOTO GREG MACE
FINAL PADDLE: Balllina's George Ebbott, who was well known as the Shaws Bay paddleboarder, passed away on January 23 aged 86. He is pictured in 2010 when he took up the sport. PHOTO GREG MACE Contributed

Ballina paddleboarder to be honoured at Shaws Bay event

A SHAWS Bay identity will be honoured at an informal gathering on Saturday morning.

George Ebbott, of West Ballina, was well-known as the Shaws Bay paddleboarder.

He passed away on January 23, aged 86, from cancer.

George was taught at age 80 to paddleboard by Greg and Ivonne Mace, and he took to it, to use an appropriate cliche, like a duck to water.

The irony, his wife Heather says, is that George was not a great swimmer.

"But he loved being at the water. He loved Shaws Bay," she said.

"(Paddleboarding) was his way of being near the water, and getting fitter."

"He thought it was wonderful he could do this and act like a young bloke again."

George was born at Woodend in Victoria and moved to Ballina with his family in the 1970s, then worked for Anzac Cummings' electrical shop as a salesman, started a lawnmowing business and ran canoe-hire safaris.

Heather said George was a friendly, "inspirational" man who wanted to live life to the full until, as he would say, "I fall off my perch".

The Morning for George will be held from 9am to noon on the western side of the bay.



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