Wollongong local, surfer and musician; Jae Haydon has tragically passed away in Bali following a surfing incident where his body was found washed up on a beach.
Wollongong surfers say he was well known in the local surfing community and an excellent musician.
Jae Haydon was surfing in Uluwata Beach on Monday when reportedly a wave knocked him off his board and he disappeared into the surf. Later on, that evening, a body believed to be Haydon’s washed ashore at Pedang Pedang that evening.
Jae’s sister, Heidi Haydon, said in a text: “My mum and I are feeling the love from all and know that you would understand we would appreciate privacy at this time.”
There has been a flood of tributes by friends and family on social media to the ‘amazing guy taken too soon’.
This is Jae Haydon. He was a friend to very many, a super talented musician. Whether it be playing originals, belting out 90's punk covers or playing guitar in his old band Lost in Line, he just loved playing music and the world will never be the same without him. A true gentleman who no one could ever say a bad word about. Rest in peace my friend. We are shattered. #thebrightness #jaehaydon
In 2015, Mr Haydon recorded a cover song each day for 30 days as part of a fundraiser, Sing for Spinal Cord Injury, aimed at raising $10,000 for the spinal cord rehabilitation centre Sargood. His sister, Heidi, was left paralysed from the chest down after a drug-affected driver ran her motorbike off the road in 2009 which has brought this cause very close to his heart.
A Go Fund Me page has been set up to help “afford the costs to bring Jae Haydon’s body back home” and “give him the best send off and celebration of life”