Epic outpouring brings home Sunshine Coast surfer's body
"SALTY soul" Tyler Kennedy is being brought home to be laid to rest thanks to the overwhelming generosity of the Sunshine Coast and people from far beyond.
In less than 12 hours, a gofundme page set up to raise money to bring the Caloundra surfer's body home from Bali, where he died on Wednesday, hit its $60,000 target.
Jessica Smith said the outpouring of support was a true testament to the incredible person Tyler was.
"We are absolutely overwhelmed by the love and support from his friends, family and complete strangers," she said.
"We have now well and truly raised enough money to bring Tyler home and give him the send off he so deserves. This means so much to his family."
His was found on the bottom of a pool in the villa where he was staying at Canggu after going for a swim about 8pm on Wednesday.
"Tyler was loved beyond words by all those who crossed his path and he touched the lives of so may," Ms Smith said.
"He had a smile that would light up a room, an adventurous and fearless spirit and the most humble, kind, huge heart.
"He has left a hole in our hearts that will never be replaced.
"Tyler will be loved forever and missed by everyone that had the privilege of knowing him.
"How blessed we are to have been able to call him a son, brother, uncle, nephew, loved one, mate."
Friends and strangers have paid tribute to Tyler, and sent message of love and support to his family.
Words like "legend", "epic surfer" and "salty soul", were used to describe Tyler, and Timmy Bayntun said Tyler made everyone he met feel like a best friend.
Darryl Cook said Tyler was one of the "greatest guys" he had met in his life.
"He worked for me, drank with me, laughed with me and cried with me," he said.
"He was telling me at (the) wedding on Tuesday how he had no real regrets in his life and that, that day was one of his best ever.
"All the crew who knew him think of all the great times you had with him and that will keep him in your life forever."