An up-and-coming surfer from Indonesia has tragically passed away.
Febri Ansyah, also known as “Biawak,” has died while competing in Taiwan for the World Surf League’s Qualifying Series event, the Taiwan Open of Surfing. Details are unclear of the cause of death, but it allegedly involved a vehicular accident.
He was 24 years old.
Following the accident, the WSL released a statement:
JINZUN HARBOR, Taitung County, Taiwan (Friday, November 10, 2023) - It is with heavy hearts that we mourn the loss of Febriansyah, 24, who tragically passed away this morning following a motor accident yesterday evening. Our thoughts and prayers are with Febriansyah's family, friends, and teammates during this incredibly difficult time.
Febriansyah was an inspiring talent from Indonesia, with the backing and support of his fellow competitors and community. In memory of Febriansyah, the WSL will be holding a paddle out and a moment of silence tomorrow morning at the Taiwan Open event site to honor his legacy.
And Rio Waida, Indonesia’s first surfer to make the Championship Tour, shared this message regarding the loss of his friend and fellow countryman:
“We lost our brother, best friend, best man💔 absolutely heartbreaking. He is the man. Happiest man everyday, very humble man, and bring positive energy everyday. I love you wak. Growing up with biawak in legian and kuta, He always bring us smile and laugh, very friendly. He would come ask a lot of things that he wonder and what he wants, and always makes me feel wants to give something. One time he asked me how to win, and ask for advice, this man cares a lot. Surfing so good, one of my favorite to push the level. We all indonesia surfing community sending all the love and we will miss you a lot! 🤍🕊️ #biawakforever”
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