Who was Kalani David? Hawaiin Surfer and Skateboarder Dies at 24 – The Teal Mango


World-renowned surfer and skateboarder Kalani David has handed away on the age of 24. The Hawaii native was browsing alongside a coast in Costa Rica on September 17 when he suffered a seizure and died.

The surfer had a syndrome referred to as Wolff-Parkinson-White (WPW), which is outlined as a “situation in which there’s an additional electrical pathway within the coronary heart that results in intervals of fast coronary heart charge (tachycardia).”

Kalani David Dies of Seizure

WPW is a congenital coronary heart defect, which is mostly not life-threatening however in uncommon circumstances, can result in cardiac dying. The situation is present in one to a few out of each 1000 individuals. As per John Hopkins Drugs, “The largest threat is for sudden dying from a coronary heart assault, which tachycardia may cause. Nevertheless, that is extraordinarily uncommon, occurring in lower than one-half of 1 per cent of case.”

David began making a reputation for himself from a really younger age. He was solely 14 when he was ranked among the many greatest skate boarders on this planet. David was additionally an completed surfer, and he died doing what he liked: browsing.

Kalani Suffered a Life-Threatening Seizure in 2016 as nicely

The surfer had an extended battle with Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome. Earlier in August 2016, he suffered a seizure throughout skating at a park in Oceanside, California. He was nonetheless recovering at his dwelling in Oahu when on the finish of the yr, he had one other seizure, a six-hour-long one.

Kalani virtually died on the time however fortunately survived. He was admitted to the hospital and spent the subsequent two days in a medically induced coma. He then underwent open-heart surgical procedure in 2017 to take away the additional muscle that had grown on his coronary heart and was inflicting frequent seizure episodes.

Associates Pay Tributes to the Skateboarder

Ever for the reason that information of  Kalani’s unlucky demise broke, his mates have been paying tributes and expressing their grief on social media. Surfer Kelly Skater wrote on his Instagram, “Kalani was some of the gifted … surfer/skater on Earth, always pushing the boundaries each time he was on his ft. Condolences to the large neighborhood of mates Kalani had coast to coast and throughout the globe”.

Kalani’s buddy and photographer Peter King additionally expressed his condolences and wrote on social media, “Love you Kalani. Solely God is aware of His timing. Life isn’t simple. All the time battling. All the time Studying. Heartbreaking Information… He had an enormous seizure whereas browsing.”

He continued, “He had re-connected with household there [in Costa Rica] and was having such a good time. I’ll all the time keep in mind how a lot hope you had for the long run. God Bless the household and prolonged household who have been all the time there for you.”

One other buddy and photographer, Patrick Eichstaedt, wrote, “I met you once you have been 6 lil brother and knew you have been a particular human being with among the most uncooked expertise I had ever seen…I’m so grateful our journey’s crossed… My coronary heart goes out to all of the household and the world of mates you had.”

He added, “Seeing you earlier this yr was really particular, and I’ll cherish all our reminiscences… my son nonetheless wears your hat and we are going to preserve it perpetually bud! Fly excessive and keep stoked my man.”

Kalani will certainly be remembered for his contributions to the skateboarding and browsing world. Our heartfelt condolences to his household and mates.

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