I have started working on a new documentary film with Mission Australia about Chris Drake & The Smile Like Drake Foundation. If anybody has any or knows of anyone with footage/photos of Chris whether it be of him surfing, hanging out or of the memorial paddle out it would mean so much to Trevor, Nikki, Tiff & the community if you could contact either myself or the Smile Like Drake Facebook Page and send anything through to help tell the story of such an amazing human. #smilelikedrake
Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese, 22 Mar 2013
In less than two days a group of friends at the University of Notre Dame have raised more than $7000 in memory of a much loved fellow student, 23-year-old Christopher Drake who lost his life in heavy seas off North Curl Curl beach last weekend.
Police are continuing their search for 23-year-old surfer Chris Drake, who was swept away by a wave at North Curl Curl on Saturday, with police divers to join the search from 10am.
His mother, Nicolle Drake, said on social media her son had been trying to help a young girl struggling in the water when he was overwhelmed by a wave.
“Our lives will never be the same,” she wrote.
Jess Greenwood, May 10th, 2013
I felt so off my path, so “un-real”… for about 8 months to be exact, and after a few gruesome jobs at work where iexperienced first hand the tragedy and suffering so many humans experience. I had to step back and really weigh up what i was making my life about. Juggling work with surfing, but putting everything into my career and falling exhausted (mentally,physically and emotionally) into the water on my days off. Although my job is demanding and directly involved with servicing the community, it still didn’t seem “right” or positive to me, to be helping people whilst i was in such a “wrong” state of mind. I was drinking excessively (for my normal standards at least) as a coping mechanism to deal with my own pressure at work and at home and i definitely wasn’t asking for help all too much…
Steven Deare, Manly Daily, March 30, 2013
It was a memorial not of anguish but of prominently displayed bright, happy faces; each bearing the words: ‘Smile Like Drake’.