Surfing world mourns loss of Chris Davidson

Davidson died after falling and hitting his head outside a pub in Australia

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Photo from Kelly Cestari World Surf League
Photo from Kelly Cestari World Surf League

Chris Davidson, a former World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour surfer, has died in his native Australia at the age of 45.

Davidson died when he fell to the ground and hit his head after being punched in the face outside a pub.

Police were called to a pub Saturday night in South West Rocks, Australia where they found Davidson unconscious. He was treated by paramedics and taken to the hospital, where he died soon after.

Surfing Australia released a statement calling Davidson, “an incredibly talented surfer and a true individual in our sport and community. Our thoughts go out to his two children, friends and family.”

A 42-year-old man has been arrested and charged in connection with Davidson’s death. He was charged with assault causing death and refused bail to appear before the Port Macquarie Bail Court.

The WSL was quick to pay tribute to Davidson as were many of his fellow competitors.

“Lost another soldier yesterday. #RipChrisDavo. Had many good battles with this guy,” said 11-time WSL Champion Kelly Slater on social media.