The surfing world has lost a rising champion.
Kalani David He died on September 17 in Costa Rica, according to the Associated Press. The former world surfing champion suffered an epileptic seizure while surfing on Playa Hermosa beach in the Pacific coast town of Jaco, Costa Rica. He was 24 years old.
“He was surfing the internet when he apparently had some kind of epileptic fit and drowned,” the Judicial Investigation Agency told the Associated Press. “The death is still under investigation,” he added.
Although the athlete has Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome, a rare heart disease that causes a racing heart and can lead to paralysis and seizures, he still shines in the sport.
Kalani David won the Junior World U-16 Championships in Panama 2012 and made waves in the surfing world. He surfed at 18 months old when his father took him to the beach in Costa Rica, and later won his first competition at the age of five, according to Seventeen Magazine. He told the outlet, “I actually love being in front of crowds, because it motivates me to do better things.”