Former Australian surf pro Chris Davidson dies in one-pan fight in pub


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Legendary former professional surfer Chris Davidson is believed to be the victim of a fatal attack at a rural bar in New South Wales, Australia. He was punched in the face outside the South West Rocks Country Club in South West Rocks around 8 a.m. and fell and hit his head on the pavement. He was treated and died there from his injuries.

The attacker is said to be Grant Coleman, brother of NSW Waratah head rugby coach Darren Coleman. He was arrested at his home in Southwest His Rocks around 12:40 a.m. and charged with the assault, which died 30 minutes after he died.

In his prime, Davidson is known as one of the greatest surfers alive, ranking 14th internationally in the sport in 2010.

At just 15 years old, the Narrabeen native won the 1991 Cadet Cup. Four years later, he was cleared for his prestigious Rip Curl Pro tournament at Bells Beach, where he defeated world champion Kelly Slater in two heats in a row.

Tributes are pouring in for Davidson, including former competitor Slater.

“Lost another soldier yesterday. #RipChrisDavo. rice field.

“He was one of the most stylish surfers we have ever produced in the country. is called a “larger-than-life character”.

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