Love of the outdoors inspired 'generous' Xavier

Lauren Shead says she will remember her partner, Xavier Figarella Trujillo, as a man always on the go, but most importantly somebody who had a very generous heart.

Mr Figarella tragically passed away in August after he drowned while practicing the Wim Hof method at the beach at Arno Bay.

Ms Shead said a workmate last saw Xavier running on the beach at 5.30pm, before he did his usual cold-water immersion. His body was pulled from the water at about 6.30am the next day.

Mr Figarella had been working and living on Eyre Peninsula for two months.

The 40-year-old was working for Rigcom at the Mount Millar Wind Farm between Cleve and Cowell, where he worked on rope access as the company undertook repairs of the blades, while residing at Arno Bay.

Mr Figarella fell in love with Eyre Peninsula and aside from taking to the surf at Arno Bay, he was also enamoured with Coffin Bay.

"He said it was stunning and was trying to convince me to move to Coffin Bay, it was one of his favourite places, remote with incredible waves all to themselves," Ms Shead said.

The pair both lived in Sydney and had been together for six years.

Mr Figarella had been in Australia for 11 years, having moved from his native Venezuela, where he was born in the capital, Caracas.

Ms Shead said her partner had a bubbly and vibrant personality and lived for the outdoors. He was a person who could not stay still.

"He was somebody who was always active. He couldn't watch a full movie as he was too impatient to go out and live life," she said.

"He loved being barefoot and being anywhere in nature. I met him when he was in a van. He once told me he felt claustrophobic when sleeping under a ceiling."

The pair had plans for the short-term future and were also looking longer term.

"We wanted to go to Panama to visit his parents, who were living there. We had flights booked, but his Visa didn't allow him to travel so we had to cancel," Ms Shead said.

Away from his work, Xavier was always in the ocean, either surfing, kayaking, fishing, spear fishing, snorkelling or swimming.

As a teenager he had at one time been the best breaststroke swimmer in South America and in Sydney the pair lived on the northern beaches. He took that love of the ocean to his stay on Eyre Peninsula.

That is why his tragic accident was even more devastating.

"It was absolutely shocking because he was so strong and had far more energy than me. He was the most powerful swimmer I had met," Ms Shead said.

"That's why I never thought something like this could happen."

Ms Shead said her partner had a daily routine on the beach which involved a number of exercises. One such exercise saw him sitting in the water, holding his breath, known as the 'iceman breathing technique'.

"He was a person who liked to push the limit and he must have pushed it too far on this occasion," she said.

She will remember Xavier as a man who had a heart of gold.

"He had a really generous heart and didn't care about image or status or wealth," Ms Shead said.

"His friend told me that once they found a homeless man outside of a Woolworths, found out he was just out of jail and went to Woolies and bought some beer to sit down and talk with him. I laugh as I would have bought practical things like a toothbrush or bread.

"That was Xavier. He accepted anybody for who they were."