A 16-year-old rising star of the surf scene has died after attempting to ride huge waves generated by Hurricane Imra in the Caribbean.
A Barbados local, Zander Venezia, was killed while surfing a shallow reef break near his home in Bridgetown.
An autopsy showed he struck his head on the reef before drowning.
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His friends brought him to the beach where they performed CPR until paramedics arrived, but he couldn’t be revived.
— World Surf League (@wsl) September 5, 2017
Zander’s friend and fellow surfer, Josh Burke, heard the news just before he took the lineup for the QS 6000 Azores Airline Pro, he won the heat before breaking down during his post-heat interview.
He later posted a video to Instagram, remembering his friend.
The World Surf League said in a statement he’ll be missed.
“Our deepest condolences go out to the family and friends of Zander, who was loved so dearly by all who knew him,” it read.