Pro surfer, 16, dies trying to catch Hurricane Irma wave

A talented teen surfer with Olympic aspirations has died in Barbados after slamming into a reef while riding Hurricane Irma’s historic swells.

Zander Venezia, a breakout star from Bridgetown, Barbados, suffered fatal injuries Tuesday while surfing with fellow pros who flew to the Caribbean island to catch the Category 5 hurricane’s monster waves, Surfline magazine reported.

Venezia, 16, reportedly got caught in a set that drove him into the shallow reef.

“He was knocked unconscious and drowned,” local surf instructor and former pro Alan Burke told Surfline.

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