Tributes have been paid to the man who died after being washed out to sea in Cornwall on New Year's Day.
Harry Swordy, 27, from Guildford, Surrey, had gone for a paddle with friends at Loe Bar beach after celebrating the new year but was “taken out of knee-deep water by a huge wave”.
Friends Tom and Lou Luddington wrote a blog post in tribute to Mr Swordy.
They said: “He was with his sister and friends, and celebrating the beginning of a new year at the beach.
“Some of the others were also taken by the wave, but thankfully managed to get ashore.
“Harry was such an amazing character, so full of life, warmth and plans for the future. He will be so missed.
“Harry, amongst other talents, was a professional story-teller. His stories were full of beauty, wonder and they were clever and moving.”
Friends have also begun a #StormHarry appeal on Twitter for the UK’s ongoing bad weather to be named after him.
“We are campaigning that the storm, named by the US media as Hercules, be re-named Storm Harry in his memory,” Mr and Mrs Luddington said.
“It feels right that a legend begin about wonderful Harry that he danced up the biggest storm ever, barefoot in the sea.”