Surfers around the world are reflecting on the death of Ricardo dos Santos (BRA). The Qualifying Series (QS) athlete was known for his exceptional barrel-riding skills in heavy waves like Teahupo'o and Pipeline.
The victim of a shooting in his hometown on Monday, dos Santos passed away Tuesday, January 20th.
Statement from WSL CEO, Paul Speaker:
The events of the past 48 hours have been tragic and heartbreaking. Ricardo dos Santos, one of Brazil's favorite sons and one of the hardest charging surfers on Earth, was senselessly taken from us at only 24 years young. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Dos Santos family and the Brazilian surfing community at this time. We will cherish his memory and he will remain in our hearts forever. - Paul Speaker, WSL CEO