He was 24 years old.
Kalani David was accomplished in both sports, having competed around the world in both disciplines. His X Games profile highlights his multi-sport talents from an early age: “(David) grew up surfing and skateboarding, so he could be considered a seasoned veteran at the ripe old age of 14,” says- he.
At the age of 14, David won team gold and individual gold at the 2012 ISA World Junior Surfing Championship in Panama.
According to a 2019 Men’s Journal article, David underwent surgery to help correct a rare heart condition called Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome. The open-heart procedure was performed to help reduce the seizures he had suffered, according to the article.
“I continue to be lucky, I had one seizure while driving and the other in the water within a few months. For the past two years I have had sleeping seizures and just angels watching over me because i don’t know how i keep being so lucky and living through all of this it’s time to put all this in order so i can move on in life, at least i can skate and fish!”
In his last Instagram post three weeks ago, David shared a video of himself skateboarding, performing various tricks while getting in and out of a bowl.
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