French surfing champion Poeti Norac dies aged 24

A French surfing champion has tragically died at the age of 24 – just months after leaving Europe for a new life in Australia.

The French Surfing Federation announced, with the permission of her family, the death of Poeti Norac, who was a French longboard champion.

The young woman, who is believed to have been living in Australia for only a few months, is said to have died on the Sunshine Coast in southern Queensland, near Brisbane.

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The circumstances of her death last weekend are, at this stage, unclear.

The federation said: “The surfing community has lost a family member, a beautiful person with a radiant smile, an artist on her big board and whose enthusiasm radiated in [the] Vendee [region] and everywhere else.

“A ceremony in tribute to Poeti will take place soon, the date and place of which we will communicate to you.”

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She had become a major player in French surfing, finishing runner-up in the national championships in 2018 and third in 2016.

The federation added: “Poeti took part in four national finals and boasted 10 French Cup victories, including the 100 percent girls one in 2017.”

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