When Jae Haydon’s board washed up broken at Uluwatu, a frantic search for the missing surfer took place. Photos of his surfboard were posted on social media, begging for information. Haydon’s sister, Heidi, got in touch with Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade to find out more information about what had happened.
Then, 12 hours after he disappeared, lifeguards found his lifeless body floating in the ocean. Family and friends were devastated. A crowdfunding campaign to get his body home and help the family with expenses was set up and within 24 hours, it had surpassed its goal of $50,000.
Haydon, a 34-year-old musician from Woonona near Wollongong, had been in Indonesia for nearly a week, was visiting from Sydney when the accident occurred. “Jae Haydon was surfing solid Uluwatu when he had a terrible accident finding himself unconscious,” wrote Dylan Perese from DP Surfboards, “and after failed attempts by a few fellow surfers to get him up on a board he was eventually lost in solid 6-8ft waves beneath the Uluwatu cliffs.”
The words on the campaign for Jae are a touching remembrance of a man gone far too soon.
“To our free spirit Jae, who roamed the world and lived the life we all dreamed of, who brought incredible joy to loads of people in this world, lost his life in Uluwatu, Bali yesterday.
We love you Jae with all our hearts and will miss you terribly every day and know you’ll spend your time swingin’ life away. We cannot thank the efforts his beautiful friends went to to keep me in the loop, travel around Bali on the search and just keep the hope alive. You’ve shown us just how loved he was (even though we already knew).
All our love Mum and Heidz xoxo”
Our condolences to all those affected by Jae’s passing.