It’s been an emotional week for many islands in the Caribbean. Barbados wasn’t hit with Hurricane Irma’s detrimental winds or storm surge like some of its neighbors but was still struck with tragedy, losing a universally loved surfer and person, Zandere Venezia. Zander was having one of the best sessions of his life and carried a smile on his face for hours before getting caught inside by a large set, along an extremely dangerous stretch of reef. Nathan Florence Dylan Graves and Daniel Russo were on hand, as well as several local and visiting surfers who responded quickly with everything in their power to revive him using CPR. Sadly, it wasn’t enough. The world lost a great kid way too soon. Our heartfelt condolences go out to his family and friends. RIP Zander, you will be missed but never forgotten.
Photo: Jimmy Wilson