Former professional Surfer Chris Davidson died Sunday after he was punched outside a bar North of Sydney. He was 45 years old. According to the guardian, police responded to a report that a man was punched in the face and hit his head on the pavement outside Sportsman’s way pub in New South Wales, Australia, just after 11 pm on Saturday.
When police arrived, they found Davidson unconscious. He was reportedly treated at the scene before paramedics took him to the hospital where he died.
The guardian reports that police arrested A 42-year-old man on Sunday and charged him with assault causing death. According to the outlet, the man has been refused bail. Davidson competed on the world surf League tour in both 2010 and 2011.
According to the BBC, he first rose to Fame in 1996, after beating legendary Surfer Kelly Slater as a 19 year old Wild Card entry in the Rip Curl pro competition in Bells Beach, Australia Slater reportedly shared a post in his Instagram stories honoring Davidson writing in part had met any a good battle with this guy, one of the most naturally talented surface I ever knew.
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