*Please note this news was posted on Monday 7th. We are keeping it at the top as a tribute for this week*
*Scroll down for updates*
Today we heard the heart wrenching news that one of the sports most loved windsurfers left us late last night. A true friend to many, a passionate ambassador for windsurfing and never a bad word to say. This weekend the windsurfing world lost a rising star, you will not be forgotten as you enriched the lives of so many.
Still in shock we don't yet have any more details to give as the family wish to understandably remain in privacy at this time. For now, we have a photo tribute of our dear friend Mikey Clancy. We also include his Bio from his website in his words.
Rest in peace Mikey, you are missed.
Weight: 76kg / 168lbs
Fav Board and Sail Combo: 75 Fanatic Quad and 4.2 North HERO
Fav Move: Taka
Best Results: 25th Overall PWA World Tour, Irish Junior Champion, Irish U19 Champion
Top 3 Spots: Magheroarty, Belmullet and Etang Sale
Regular or Goofy: Regular
Ugg Boots are…the bomb after cold winters sesh
Kitesurfers...are never out when it’s windy!
When I put on a wet wetsuit in winter… I’m glad because it means it’s going off
My Mum and Dad… are the BEST parents you could ask for
If I wasn’t windsurfing I’d be...missing out on all this wind and swell!
Update 11th January
As yet we still do not have the exact circumstances surrounding the passing of our dear friend Mikey Clancy and we remain respectful to his families wishes of some peace to mourn their loss, a loss we can only begin to comprehend. However, the tributes continue to flood the windsurfing world and the world of social media as the exact impact that this young Irish wave sailor had on so many peoples lives comes to light. It would be impossible to highlight them all so instead we choose the video tributes that have been released.
Firstly, Chris and Kerstin from continentseven.com share this video that they put together from a memorable moment in Mikey's life when he took on the double mast high sets in 2011 at Puertito during the Fuerteventura Wave Classic.
Secondly, you may have already seen this on our homepage, where it shall remain for some time. Alfie Hart from Aeolus Productions, good friend of Mikey and boardseeker's very own Video Producer pieced together a large selection of clips from the last 2/3 years. A moving video which portrays Mikey's personality well, thank you to Alfie and the Continentseven team for these two clips.