Rest In Peace
Jean da Silva was a standout on the WSL QS tour and a much loved Brazilian competitor
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 26 November, 2017 - Brazilian surfer and perinnial QS competitor Jean da Silva, 32, died late Friday in Joinville, Santa Catarina Brazil. The death was reported to local authorities but the family has not disclosed cause of death at this time.
Social media lit up with tributes to da Silva with fellow Brazilians Gabriel Medina and Adriano de Souza paying tribute.
The WSL report is below:
The pro surfing community was dealt a heavy blow Saturday morning with the tragic news that longtime Qualifying Series (QS) standout Jean da Silva has passed away. Da Silva was a magnetic force in the Santa Catarina surfing community, and has been a familiar face at QS events since 2011.
The dynamic Brazilian goofyfooter came close to qualifying for the Championship Tour in 2012, when he finished No. 35 on the Qualifying Series. He competed in eight events this season, and earned a third-place finish at April's QS1,000 Krui Pro in Indonesia. His cause of death has not yet been confirmed.
[Brazilian standout.] Jean da Silva WSL / photo:DanielSmorigo
Tributes from Da Silva's friends and loved ones are flooding social media feeds Saturday morning. Competitors at the Vans World Cup in Hawaii took part in a ceremonial paddle-out to pay their respects to their fallen friend.
"Jean was a highly respected member of the WSL family and also an important person and talent within the Brazilian surf community," Sophie Goldschmidt, WSL CEO, said. "It's incredibly upsetting and our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends."