A 16-year-old professional surfer died on Tuesday in Barbados.
Zander Venezia, a 16-year-old professional surfer, was found unresponsive in Barbados on Tuesday after reportedly being overturned by a wave. Venezia was with a group of colleagues who had flown in to Barbados to surf the waves created by Hurricane Irma.
A surf coach named Alan Burke told surfline.com what happened:
"I'm told that Zander get overturned by a closeout set, where he likely hit bottom," Alan managed between tears. "Nathan Florence got to him first, then shouted for the other guys and started to perform CPR. Zander was bleeding, and he wasn't moving. They tried to get him to the beach quickly, which was difficult. 'Box by Box' is a tough place to get in and out of, even if you have the ability. There's lots of big rocks around, and some stick out of the water."
Venezia was one of the most promising young surfers in the sport.
Our thoughts and condolences are with Venezia's family and friends.