Surfer Kalani David Dead at 24 After Suffering Seizure in Water


Kalani David, a surfer who won the award for best surfing, died over the weekend following a seizure in Costa Rica’s water. People reported.

David, 24, had Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome, which can cause rapid heart rate and seizures, People reported.

Kalani David Feeney Barrientos was a former world junior surfer. He was born in Hawaii to a Costa Rican mom. He suffered the seizure at Playa Hermosa, Jacó, on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica, NBC News reported.

“He was surfing when he apparently suffered some kind of epileptic seizure and drowned,”The Judicial Investigation Agency sent a message to The Associated Press. “The death is still under investigation.”

Kelly Slater, a legendary surfer, posted photos on Instagram showing him and a young David following his death. “Kalani was one of the most talented ever surfer/skaters on Earth, constantly pushing the limits every time he was on his feet….Condolences to the huge community of friends Kalani had coast to coast and across the globe.”

David posted on Instagram in June to talk about his seizures and his struggle with them. “With these seizures I keep having my neurologist said no driving and no surfing until I stop having them. 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.”

“I keep getting lucky, I had a seizure driving and the other in the water within a couple months. The past couple years been having seizures sleeping and just Angels watching over me cause idk how I keep getting so lucky and living thru it all,” he added. “Time to get this stuff in order so I can move ahead in life, at least I can skate and fish!”

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