Chris Davidson, a 45-year-old former surf star, died after an assault outside a pub. According to the first reconstructions, the Australian, after the attack, would have banged his head on the sidewalk. This would have happened in a pub north of Sydney.
Former surfer was reportedly punched by his attackers, and later passed away at Kempsey Hospital. The attacker would be Grant Coleman, 42-year-old brother of Darren, coach of the New South Wales Waratahs rugby team. Davidson took part in the world tour in 2010 and 2011, finishing in 14th and 15th places respectively.
In 1996 he participated in the Rip Curl Pro at Bells Beach as a wild card, beating 11-time world champion Kelly Slater.
Former surf star dies after assault outside a pub
Just the former 11-time world champion wrote after the shocking news: "I've had a lot of good fights with this guy.
He's one of the most talented surfers he's ever met."
Chris Davidson's career and death Davidson's early career faltered due to injuries, family problems and drugs. In the late 2000s, he turned his career around and won several tournaments.
Davidson competed on the Men's Championship Tour in 2010 and 2011. His best result was third behind Kelly Slater at the 2010 Rip Curl Pro Portugal. He was ranked 14th overall on the 2010 world tour. The punch caused Davidson to fall to the ground, hitting his head on the pavement.
He was taken to Kempsey Hospital, where he died a short time later. He was 45 years old. A 42-year-old man was arrested at a home in South West Rocks less than two hours later. He was charged with assault causing death and refused bail.
Davidson's career was troubled: the surfer, in fact, in the pro circuit in 2010 and 2011, but was deeply marked by family problems, injuries and drugs. A very sad news for all sports lovers, especially for surf fans.