"Chris was larger than life. He had a big lion heart, he had amazing charisma. He was loud, cheeky, and funny."
A little over one month ago, the Narrabeen surf prodigy Chris “Kingswood Black” Davidson died after an alleged one-punch attack outside a bar in rural east coast Australia.
Davidson, who was forty-five, was allegedly punched in the face by Grant “Grub” Coleman outside the South West Rocks Country Club at around eleven pm on Saturday, September 24.
Sources close to BeachGrit allege the pair had a run-in at the bar and that Coleman was allegedly thrown out by the club’s security.
Paramedics treated Davo at the scene and he was taken to Kempsey Hospital but pronounced dead a short time later.”
At North Narrabeen on Saturday, the beach and its associated culture that shaped Davo, hundreds of mourners celebrated the sneering, Billy Idol-esque preternatural talent that electrified surf fans.
Davo’s two kids and his sister, Carlie Maudson, paddled floral tributes into the Narrabeen lineup, joining the circle of mourners.
“We had the wreath on top of the surfboard … they took it out to the middle of the circle and said a few words and let the wreath go, let the board do one last catch of the wave in,” Maudson told ABC news.
A service, with speeches, photos and previously unseen videos, followed.
“I think he’d be surprised at how many beautiful memories we put up on the screen and how many beautiful photos that we’ve found looking through all the old surf magazines,” she said. “Chris was larger than life. He had a big lion heart, he had amazing charisma. He was loud, cheeky, and funny.”
Davo’s alleged attacker Coleman, who is forty-two, was refused bail and remains behind bars.
He’ll face court on November 23 for assault causing death and intentionally choking a person.