‘A True Gentlemen’ Wollongong Local Dies Surfing in Bali

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’.

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”


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