Information about the death of a 22-year-old Olympic surfing hopeful have emerged.
Katherine Diaz’s family has shed new light on her passing, the 22-year-old surfer who had hoped to participate in this year’s Olympics.
Katherine Diaz, a 22-year-old surfing sensation who was killed instantly when hit by lightning on a beach in El Salvador, has been given new information.
Over the weekend, a funeral for the famous wave-rider was held, with flowers placed by her coffin and the surfboard she was carrying when the lightning strike struck.
Beto Diaz, her uncle, was with her when she died on the beach in El Tunco.
He announced that she had just returned from Mexico and had decided to make the most of the extra time by going for a surf after catching an early flight.
As she stepped onto the beach, Beto Diaz said his niece spotted a friend and went over to greet her.
“Katherine came over to embrace her, and the noise was heard as soon as she finished hugging her,” Beto explained. “The power of the lightning strike also threw the friend… Katherine died in an instant.”
Erika, Katherine’s niece, gave a speech at her funeral. She said, “We are very close.”
“Katherine was a vibrant young lady with a free spirit who made every day feel unique. Unfortunately, she had to leave us. She died doing what she loved, riding her favorite wave.”
Diaz’s death will be commemorated by a paddle out, in which surfers form a circle while sitting on their boards in the ocean.
Diaz, a chef, was preparing for a global competition in El Salvador that will serve as the last qualifying event before surfing makes its Olympic debut this year.
Her favorite wave is La Bocana at El Tunco Beach, which she recently called.
Yamil Bukele, president of the Salvadoran Sports Institute, said, “I just found out about the death of Salvadoran surfer Katherine Daz.” “I am very sorry for her loss, and I share the grief that her family is experiencing. We stand with ‘el Bamba’ and the surf community. “May your soul rest in peace.”
In the wake of her death, her brother, Bamba Diaz, has posted many tributes on social media.
He said, “Sister, we will always hold you in our hearts.” “God has chosen this moment to take you. We’ve really started missing you. “Love is eternal.”