Poeti Norac, a french surfer passed away in Australia where she had moved a few months ago. Norac had been a major player in French surfing.
She also won events at French tournaments and came second in a national contest. The circumstances of her death are not clear yet.
A statement by the French surfing federation said: “The sport had lost a ‘young and talented’ surfer who had spread her ‘passion’ for the sport.”
“The surfing community has lost a family member, a beautiful person with a radiant smile, an artist on her board and whose enthusiasm radiated in the Vendée region and everywhere else,” they added.
Norac has started surfing at the age of six with her father. Initially, she started surfing on a shortboard later she took up the longboard.
She had been competing in this field for 10 years. She had been runner-up in the French championship in 2018 after taking the bronze medal two years earlier, and also took part in four national finals.