Mandurah shark attack victim Ben Gerring remembered with inaugural Legends Never Die Surf Classic

Mandurah's surfing community came together on Saturday as the inaugural Legends Never Die Surf Classic took place - a tribute to Ben Gerring.

Ben tragically died in May 2016 when he was attacked by a great white shark while surfing at Gearies Beach in Falcon.

His death sent shockwaves through the Mandurah community and sparked a state debate over the best course of action in relation to shark mitigation.

The Beach Emergency Number (BEN) system was started in Ben's memory - largely down to the work of his brother, Rick Gerring.

Saturday's event, organised by the Mandurah Board Riders Club, commenced with a paddle out and circle of surfers remembering Ben, with a minute's silence and laying of a wreath.

Rick said it was a fitting memorial for his brother.

"What made this event so special is not only to remember a mate, it is not a competition in the real sense - it's about having fun surfing with your mates in great conditions," he said.

"It is a moment to help our community heal - for some people the first time they have surfed here again.

"It is to thank everyone who helped out on that tragic day but also to thank their family members and friends that have supported them."

Event organiser Simon Wroth said it was a special day.

"Anyone that was involved or visited the break on the day of the contest could not help but be touched and wrapped up in the feel of the event," he said.

"There was plenty of comradeship, community support and laughs had by all.

"But, more importantly, it is an event that will now become an annual contest to ensure the Mandurah surfing community comes together when conditions align once a year to share some good times and remember a good mate in Ben."

Jerome Forrest was the winner of the inaugural event - fitting considering he was a junior surfer that idolised Ben.

A very credible second place finish went to Harry McPherson, with Josh Harrington in third and Simon Wroth in fourth position. April McPherson was the highest-placed female surfer.

Mr Wroth said the club wanted to thank everyone that helped organise the memorable event.