He was 24 years old.
Kalani David excelled in both sports, competing all over the world in both disciplines. His X Games profile highlights his multi-sport talents from a young age: “(David) grew up surfing and skating, so he could be considered a seasoned veteran at the age of 14,” he says.
At the age of 14, David won team gold and individual gold at the 2012 ISA World Junior Surfing Championships in Panama.
According to a 2019 Men’s Journal article, David underwent surgery to help correct a rare heart condition called Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome. The open-heart procedure was done to help reduce the seizures he underwent, the article says.
“I’m still lucky, I had one seizure while driving and another after a couple of months on the water. The last two years I’ve had terrible seizures in my sleep and only angels are watching over me. It’s time to sort these things out so I can get on with life, at least be able to skate and fish. I am!”
In his latest Instagram post, three weeks ago, David shared a video of himself skateboarding, pulling off various tricks while in and out of a bucket.
CNN has reached out to Costa Rican authorities, but has not heard back.