Young surfer’s death comes as a shock

The surfing community has reacted with shock and sadness to the untimely death of 16-year-old Zander Venezia.

The online surfing site Surfline today described Venezia as “a budding young pro surfer from Bridgetown, Barbados”, who died today after surfing a particularly heavy session at a notoriously shallow wave on the island’s east coast.

The 16-year-old apparently sustained a broken neck upon hitting the reef and was pulled from the water and rushed to hospital before he was pronounced dead.

He was among a group that included a number of international pros who reportedly flew over to Barbados to catch the mega-swell currently being generated by Hurricane Irma.

“Completely horrible news,” was how local surf instructor Alan Burke described the surfing tragedy.

“We are in shambles . . . We just traveled the whole east coast together, surfing the outer banks together. Zander was such a good, funny kid. He was always joking, and he loved surfing. I just can’t believe he’s gone. I’m a mess, man. We’re all a mess over here,” he was quoted by Surfline as saying.


6 Responses to Young surfer’s death comes as a shock

  1. Thunder September 5, 2017 at 6:47 pm

    My condolences to the family,may the lord strengthen you during this very difficult time,may Zander rest in peace!

  2. Marc September 5, 2017 at 7:52 pm

    How very sad.

  3. Bobotheclown September 5, 2017 at 8:34 pm

    My sincere condolences to the family.

  4. Fan September 5, 2017 at 9:32 pm

    My sincere condolences to his family and the entire surfing family

  5. Ossie Moore September 6, 2017 at 1:27 am

    How sad , condolences to the entire family.

  6. DE September 6, 2017 at 7:53 am

    Sincere condolences to his family, friends and the entire surfing family


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