Jae Haydon, a musician and surfer from Wollongong, has been remembered as an “absolute legend” whose “light shone brighter than most” after he died in a surfing accident in Bali.
Haydon was taking his regular morning surf at Padang Padang Beach, about an hour south of Kuta Beach, when he fell off his board at around 7.30am and fell in to the 6-8 foot waves.
Friends became concerned when they couldn’t find him, and later his surfboard washed up at Uluwatu beach about 10 minutes away from Padong Padong.
Overnight his body was found on Kuta beach.
Haydon performed as a solo acoustic artist at weddings, parties and bars. He also recorded a number of songs to raise money for charities like Sing for Spinal Cord Injury.
He was also part of a punk band called Lost in Line, which signed a record deal in Japan, and The Siren Songs, who released an EP called “Like The Night” in 2014.
Friends and family posted tributes on his Facebook page.
“You were such a beautiful soul Jae, maybe you were meant to be a lesson for us all, to remember always what is most important in life, to take time to hear beautiful music, to feel the ocean, and listen to words of love,” one friend wrote.
Another said “A true humble friend & fellow musician. You will truely be missed mate!! Your music, journey & spirit will live on. Thoughts are with you brother, your family & friends. You’re a legend in so many eyes.”
A GoFundMe page has been set up by his mother and sister to cover the costs of bringing his body back home.
The goal of $30,000 was reached in four hours, and had 1,000 shares on Facebook.
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