Una terrible noticia enluta al mundo del surf. La leyenda de este deporte, Chris Brown, murió a finales de enero a los 48 años tras caerse por un acantilado.

Según el reporte policial, el surfista se encontraba bajo los efectos de las drogas cuando sucedió la tragedia.

“Chris Brown murió ahogado tras sufrir un fuerte golpe contra las rocas al precipitarse desde un acantilado. Los informes de toxicología muestran que en el momento del accidente estaba bajo los efectos de un alto nivel de metanfetaminas” declaró el portavoz de la Policía de Santa Bárbara (Estados Unidos), Anthony Wagner.

El portavoz agregó que no hay terceros involucrados en este terrible accidente.

Tras su partida, Kelly Slater, 11 veces campeón del mundo de surf, le dedicó unas emotivas palabras a Brown a través de su cuenta de Instagram.

“Me tomó un par de días poder siquiera pensar en ello. Chris Brown y yo éramos casi inseparables desde adolescentes”, dijo.

“Fue muy emocionante ser de la costa este, conocer a Chris y luego conocer a la familia de las Islas del Canal. Fue realmente un cambio de vida para mí. Chris surfeaba como Tom Curren. Verías el linaje en cada ola que montó y estar alrededor de ese estilo cuando era niño fue muy inspirador”, añadió.

Recordemos que Brown fue campeón del mundo junior de la ISA en 1988. Durante 3 temporadas compitió en la máxima categoría del surfing mundial: el CT, lo que le valió el reconocimiento de sus rivales, informó Mundo Deportivo.

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It’s taken me a couple days to even want to think about it. Chris Brown and I were nearly inseparable as teenagers. This guy was just such an excited, happy light in my childhood. He introduced me to #AlMerrick and @cisurfboards. My brother and I stayed with Chris and his family on the Mesa in SB a couple summers and traveled to Mexico, Australia, England, Puerto Rico, Hawaii, and beyond with Chris and his dad, Dave. We used to sit in his house and just goof off all day listening to his brother play every heavy metal song we knew on his guitar. The day I got my first Al shape when I was 16, Chris and I drove back and forth twice in the same day to Lompoc to surf cause SB had no waves. We’d listen to GnR in his brown truck. He used to mess with #JoshBradury when Josh would follow us in his car by waiting at a turn signal, pretending his car had something wrong with it, even getting out to check the engine, until the light was very yellow and then jump in and take off, leaving Josh stuck for another light! Haha. Chris and I shaped a board together in his parent’s backyard, each shaping a rail. Being from the east coast and riding @matt_kechele shapes, I had thick, rounded rails while Chris had been schooled on the finer, precision rails that worked well at Rincon. When we finally felt the board we laughed and decided we had to have Chris reshape mine down to feel like his rail. He actually won a #PSAA event on that board cause Al was gone for a month somewhere and he had broken his favorite board. I felt a huge sense of pride that he had competed on that thing. Chris, Sean, and I made ourselves wooden boards to ride the ice plant down the Mesa in front of his house. I guess the waves were so flat all summer we had no better ideas. We would skate down the steep hills to the Channel Islands shop to pass time when there was nothing else to do. It was so exciting being from the east coast, knowing Chris, and then getting to know the Channel Islands family. It was truly life changing for me. Chris surfed like Tom Curren (@curfuffle). You would see the lineage in every wave he rode and being around that style as a kid was so inspiring…. #YeahChris!

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