SAN JOSÉ — Former world junior browsing champion Kalani David died over the weekend on a Costa Rican seaside after struggling a seizure whereas within the sea working towards the game wherein he excelled, mates and authorities mentioned. He was 24 years outdated.
Kalani David Feeney Barrientos, recognized internationally solely by his first names, was born in Hawaii to a Costa Rican mom and suffered from Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome, a congenital coronary heart illness that brought on paralysis and seizures.
Nevertheless, his sickness didn’t stop him from succeeding in sports activities and he practiced each browsing and skateboarding. He received the Junior World Browsing title in Panama in 2012, within the Underneath-16 class, whereas competing for the primary locations in the primary skate circuits.
The younger American died on Saturday morning in Playa Hermosa, Jacó, on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica, the Judicial Investigation Company mentioned.
“He was browsing when he apparently suffered some sort of epileptic seizure and drowned,” the entity mentioned in a message to The Related Press. “The loss of life remains to be below investigation.”
The filmmaker Peter King was one of many first to reveal his loss of life via social networks, whereas praising his combating spirit.
“Oh pal, I really like you Kalani! Solely God is aware of his occasions. Life will not be straightforward. All the time combating. All the time studying,” he mentioned.
Numerous figures from the world of browsing echoed the information shortly after, similar to 11-time world champion Kelly Slater.
“Kalani was one of the gifted surfers/skaters on the earth,” he mentioned on his networks.
His sickness compelled him to pause his sports activities profession on a number of events however then he resumed it.
“He was continuously pushing his limits,” Slater added. “My condolences to the nice household and mates that Kalani had on each seaside all over the world.”