The surfing world was shocked this week when 24-year-old champion competitor Kalani David died following a seizure.
Authorities say surfer drowned after succumbing to a seizure
According to the Daily Wire, David passed away over the weekend while surfing in Costa Rica, with authorities saying that he died as a result of a seizure.
Costa Rica’s Judicial Investigation Agency was quoted as telling the Associated Press, “He was surfing when he apparently suffered some type of epileptic seizure and drowned.” The agency added that David’s passing “is still under investigation.”
The Daily Wire noted that David had competed for over a decade and was known for “his impressive aerial maneuvers.”
Tributes to David appeared on social media, with users recalling his contribution to both surfing and skateboarding.
Hawaii surfing and skateboard prodigy Kalani David has died at 24. Kalani was surfing off the Costa Rican coast when it is believed he had a seizure related to Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome. Kalani and his talent will be missed in both the surf & skate communities. Aloha. pic.twitter.com/k8GRhb5vEV
— Wet Tribe (@WetTribe) September 18, 2022
David suffered from pre-existing heart condition
“With these seizures I keep having my neurologist said no driving and no surfing until I stop having them,” David explained.
“I mean I could surf but, if I was to have one and don’t get saved in time, I’ll either die or become a vegetable because I don’t have enough air to my brain,” he continued.
“I keep getting lucky,” David acknowledged, “I had a seizure driving and the other in the water within a couple months.”
“The past couple years [I’ve] been having seizures sleeping and just Angels watching over me cause [I don’t know] how I keep getting so lucky and living [through] it all. Time to get this stuff in order so I can move ahead in life, at least I can skate and fish!”
Men’s Health reported that David was diagnosed with Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome in 2016 at the age of 18 after a six-hour seizure.