French surfing champion, 24, dies in Australia: Sport federation mourns death of Poeti Norac and the loss of ‘a family member and beautiful person’
- Poeti Norac died in Australia where she had moved several months ago
- The circumstances of her death on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast are unclear
- Norac won events at French tournaments and came second in a national contest
A French surfer has died in Australia at the age of 24, prompting tributes to ‘a beautiful person’ with a ‘passion for the ocean’.
Poeti Norac died on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland last weekend, after moving to the country several months ago.
The circumstances of her death are unclear.
Norac had been a major player in French surfing, coming second in the national championships in 2018 and third in 2016.
French surfer Poeti Norac (pictured) died on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland last weekend, after moving to the country several months ago
Poeti Norac (pictured on her surf board) had been a major player in French surfing, coming second in the national championships in 2018 and third in 2016
A statement by the French surfing federation said the sport had lost a ‘young and talented’ surfer who had spread her ‘passion for the ocean’.
‘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 said.
Norac had started surfing with her father at the age of six, taking to the sea with her father in the seaside town of Les Sables d’Olonne.
After initially playing surfing on a shortboard, she later took up the longboard variety and had been competing in that discipline for ten years.
The French surfing federation announced the death of Poeti Norac alongside this picture of the 24-year-old
The death of Poeti Norac (pictured) has prompted tributes to to ‘a beautiful person with a radiant smile’
Norac had started surfing with her father at the age of six, taking to the sea with her father in the seaside town of Les Sables d’Olonne
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.
Norac had also won ten victories in the Coupe du France, including in a girls’ race in 2017.
The federation also hailed her as an ‘outstanding educator’ who ‘transmitted her passion for surfing and the ocean’.
A ceremony will be held to celebrate her life, the federation said, offering ‘sincere condolences’ to her family and friends.
Norac had posted several pictures of herself with her surf boards on Australian beaches after arriving in the country.
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