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On behalf of the Clancy family, he wrote:
Mikey Clancy, a rising star in the PWA, has passed away. His story is well known to many with an incredible comeback following a serious injury. Mikey loved the sea as a child and although he only stepped on board a windsurfer at 15 years of age he made rapid progress in the sport over the following years.
Windsurfing was his passion and he loved the friendships he made whether it was Victor [Fernandez] , Timo [Mullen], Klaas [Voget], Kauli [Seadi] or the many Irish and UK friends he made, he always had time and fun with them. He was a consummate pro with his sponsors Fanatic, North, Ion, DIT, K4Fins and had often ridden in storm-chase conditions in Ireland.
His family Michael, Bernie and Sean wish to thank the thousands who celebrated Mikey’s life in Dublin this week and all those who were sent their condolences from around the globe. We will miss Mikey and remember him fondly for his sportsmanship, kindness and friendly manner. Your smile and humour lit up many a windsurfers day. May you dance on the seas of heaven as you once danced on the seas of the ocean.
Bye Mikey ... we will all see you soon.
Michael Clancy has also made an appeal for anyone experiencing depression to seek help.
Speaking to the Irish Daily Mirror, he said of his son Mikey: “We are very happy that we had a fantastic 22 years of life with him and sadly some people’s lives are shorter than others.
“A book can be a short story or it can be a grand novel. What he had packed into his life was amazing.”
Talking of his son's tragic decision to end his own life, Michael said: “It’s a horrendous cultural thing that Ireland is developing, it really is. It seems to be getting worse rather than better.”
However, he added: “Whilst we are extremely heartbroken and shocked at the news we want to celebrate that he had a good innings in a lot of aspects.”
As reported previously on Afloat.ie, Mikey Clancy had come back last year from a serious ankle injury to produce the best results of his burgeoning pro career, with a year-best 13th place at the Cold Hawaii Classic in October.
“He was really a warrior," said his father Michael. “He got to the very top of world windsurfing twice, once before the injury and once after the injury.”
According to the Mirror, Mikey's ashes will be spread over various beaches in Ireland during the year.
The Dubliner, who was just 22 years of age, competed on the PWA World Windsurfing Tour and had just returned to the world windsurfing stage in 2012 after being sidelined for most of 2011 by a serious ankle injury.
According to website Surfdock, Clancy was nominated by Outsider Magazine for their People of the Year Awards recognising his strong comeback, including a year-best 13th place at the Cold Hawaii Classic in Denmark last October - and this 25-foot monster wave he ripped off the Donegal coast last March.
As recently as a week ago the young windsurfing talent shared his thoughts with windsurfing website Continent Seven on the year past and his hopes for 2013 on the waves.
Check out the video above of Mikey Clancy doing his thing in July 2010 and below a tribute video posted on YouTube on Tuesday 8 January. He will be missed.
Mikey Clancy's family has since passed along details of his funeral this week for the Irish windsurfing community.
Mikey will be waked at 51 Ashcroft in Raheny, Dublin 5 tomorrow 9 and Thursday 10 January. All are welcome at the family home.
The funeral mass will take place at 11am on Friday 11th at St Brigid's Church on the Howth Road in Killester, Dublin 5. Following a private family cremation, everyone is invited to celebrate Mikey's life at Clontarf Castle.
Irish windsurfer Mikey Clancy is returning to the Professional Windsurfers' Association World Tour.
Sailing.ie reports that Clancy will compete at the World Cup Wave event in Pozo, Gran Canaria from 5-10 July before moving on to the PWA event in El Medano, Tenerife from 14-20 July.
Clancy has made a good recovery since a serious ankle injury almost ruled him out of a professional career in windsurfing.
Later in the year the PWA tour moves onto Denmark and Germany before the final event takes place in Cape Verde.
For more details see Mikey Clancy's official website HERE.