The surfing community mourns the loss of Tânia Oliveira. She was 20 years old.
Tânia Oliveira started surfing when she was 15 years old. She was one of the talented young surfers from Azore Islands. She joined regional contests where she was an undisputed champion in all categories. She also became a runner-up at a national competition in 2015. In 2017, she placed 20th at the Liga MEO Surf, Portugal’s main national surfing competition.
Early reports say that the athletic brunette died of carbon monoxide poisoning. The incident is still under police investigation. Portugal’s Policia Judiciaria confirmed that they’re doing the investigation; however, the probe was at an “early stage” and they won’t be able to provide any more details. Firefighters in Ponta Delgada declined to comment on the issue.
At the end of 2016, Tania says in an interview that her favorite athlete was Carissa Moore. She was also asked about her future plans and her reply was, “My plan for the future is to be able to get a sponsor that will me allow me to compete as much as possible and that helps me to evolve in the sport as well, for instance by providing me with the opportunity to know other waves and other places to surf. I’d like to motivate everyone to try surfing because it’s an incredible sport and one that changes lives completely.”
Watch the interview below:
What the community says:
‘The world of surf has just lost a young talent. The athlete Tania Oliveira, one of the most promising young female surfers, died yesterday. The Portuguese Surf Federation sends its condolences to her family and friends at this time of deep pain.” – The Portuguese Surf Federation
“We feel pain and sadness at learning of the death of surfer and competitor Tania Olivieira. The next wave we catch will be for Tania.” – The National Association of Surfers
“I am completely destroyed. She was my pupil for two years when she was aged 10 and 11. “She was a really sweet girl. Rest in peace champion, rest in peace angel.” – former school teacher, Andre Cardoso, on Facebook
“See you soon Tania Oliveira, pretty girl of surf. I hope we will meet again in Heaven.” – friend, Lili Viana, on Facebook
Our deepest condolences to Tânia Oliveira’s family and friends.
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