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Former pro-surfer drowned after cliff fall while high on meth

Posted at 10:10 AM, Feb 06, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-06 21:14:45-05

Photo: Mike Jones
Photo: Mike Jones

A well-known, former pro-surfer from Santa Barbara died from drowning due to blunt force trauma sustained in a fall from the cliffs near Hendry’s Beach last month, according to the Santa Barbara Police Department.

The body of Chris Brown, 48, was found on January 19, 2019, on the shoreline 600 yards east of Arroyo Burro County Beach Park (also known as Hendry’s Beach).

The autopsy and toxicology reports were released Wednesday morning. In addition to the blunt force trauma sustained in the fall and subsequent drowning, it was determined Brown had a high-level of methamphetamine in his system at the time of the incident.

While Brown’s death will officially be ruled “undetermined,” Santa Barbara police say their investigation has ruled out any foul play.

Last month, friends told KSBY News, Brown was a talented surfer with a personality that dwarfed his incredible skills on the water.

His pro-surfing career peaked in the early 90s, competing at the highest level, even having a signature move.

After his professional career, Brown became a sea urchin fisherman in Santa Barbara. He reportedly leaves behind a daughter.