KENNEBUNK, Maine — Police have identified the 51-year-old man who died last week while surfing at Gooch’s Beach as Andrew Payson, of Hopkinton, Massachusetts, who called Kennebunk his “favorite place.”

Police Lt. Eric O’Brien said Monday that police have no official cause of death as they are awaiting the results of an autopsy being conducted by the Maine medical examiner. O’Brien previously said police believe Payson’s death was the result of an accident or a medical issue.

Police responded to Gooch’s Beach at Narragansett Point at 3:42 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 23, for a report of a surfer in distress. O’Brien said bystanders had started administering CPR to Payson by the time police arrived. Once on scene, O’Brien said police responders attempted to resuscitate Payson using an automatic external defibrillator. Payson was brought to the hospital, where he later died.

O’Brien said there were other surfers in the water on Wednesday and called the surf “moderate.”

“The surf was not larger than normal. It was enough for surfers to be out there,” O’Brien said, adding there was no rip tide.

According to his obituary, Payson has lived in Hopkinton for the last 17 years, but Kennebunk, where he spent “countless happy weekends” over the past three years, was his “favorite place.”