It was with great sadness that Zag heard of the passing of Jess Nicholson this morning, Saturday, 22 March. Mother of two brave children, Joel (5) and Anna (2), and wife of former pro, Simon Nicholson, Jess bravely fought the battle against a tumour that had been diagnosed in February last year.
“I said goodbye to my soul mate this morning” reported Simon with a heavy heart. “I promised her I will raise our beautiful kids in a way that makes her proud. So lucky to have shared 17 years with you, my angel. What an adventure. I promise I will come find you. Thank you to everybody who supported us in the last year. We lived and have no regrets.”
Thousands from the surfing family both in South Africa and abroad have also been saddened by the news. So many have rallied in support of the Nicholson’s fight with cancer, by helping organise #Jessgetwellsoon fundraisers, offering words of support to keep spirits high, as well as donating money to help pay for medical costs.
The strength shown by Jess and Simon through these testing times has been an inspiration to any who have been involved in their story.
Rest in Peace, Jess.