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A 16-year-old surfer from Barbados passed away after suffering a neck injury in waves connected to Hurricane Irma.

SURFER Magazine described junior pro surfer Zander Venezia as “one of the Caribbean’s most talented young surfers” in a tribute.


“Zander was a positive boy, who always had a smile on his face that was contagious,” recalled his sister, Bella Venezia, 19. “He loved his family and friends so much and knew how proud we all were of him and his accomplishments.”

The Venezia family began to use #LiveLikeZander for friends to share their memories.

A funeral is planned for September 13. A paddle out will be scheduled after the funeral.

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Zuri Davis About the author:
Zuri Davis is a media writer for Rare. Follow her on Twitter @RiEleDavis.
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