Surfing champion, 24, dies just months after moving to Australia

Sam Goodwin
Sports Editor
Poeti Norac has died just months after moving to Australia. Image: Instagram

French surfing champion Poeti Norac has died in Queensland just months after moving to Australia.

The French Surfing Federation announced the devastating news on Thursday, however the circumstances around the 24-year-old’s death remain unclear.

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“The surfing community has lost a family member, a beautiful person with a radiant smile, an artist on her board and whose enthusiasm radiated in the Vendée and everywhere else,” the Federation said.

The Federation said Norac was an "outstanding educator" who "transmitted her passion for surfing and the ocean".

"A ceremony in tribute to Poeti will take place soon, the date and place of which we will communicate to you,” they announced.

Norac had just moved to Australia

Norac had moved from France to Queensland’s Sunshine Coast just a few months ago.

She was a rising star in French surfing, finishing second at the national championships in 2018 and third in 2016.

"Poeti took part in four national finals and boasted 10 French Cup victories, including the 100 percent girls one in 2017,” the Federation said.

Norac reportedly specialised in longboard surfing and started when she was just six years old.

She had posted a number of photos at beaches around Queensland on her social media channels.