Surfing Legend Chris Davidson Dead At 45 After Being Punched In A Bar Fight

Chris Davidson
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Some devastating news out of the surfing world.

Surfing legend is believed to be the man who was punched by another man outside of a bar on the NSW Mid-North Coast on Saturday night, causing him to hit his head on the pavement and die, according to the New York Post.

He was only 45-years-old.

Davidson was known for being a member of the Rip Curl Search team in the early ’90s, with Tracks magazine saying he was “one of the most gifted surfers in the world” when he was in his prime.

In 2010, he peaked at number 14 in the world in surfing.

Davidson was only 19-years-old when he started his career in pro surfing back in 1996, and was a wildcard selection when he defeated Kelly Slater in two consecutive heats at the Rip Curl Pro at Bells Beach.

EMS was called to Sportsmans Way in South West Rocks at 11 PM on Saturday after reports were sent out over an incident that happened at a bar.

Police noted that a man allegedly punched Davidson in the face, where he fell to the ground and hit his head on the pavement.

He was treated by paramedics at the scene before being taken to Kempsey Hospital. He died briefly after his arrival.

A 42-year-old man was arrested at a home at South West Rocks around 12:40 AM, and was taken into custody at the Kempsey Police Station.

Grant Coleman was charged with assault causing death and refused bail before he appeared before Port Macquarie Bail Court Sunday.


A beer bottle on a dock



A beer bottle on a dock