The body of former professional surfer Chris Brown was discovered Saturday afternoon at Hendry’s Beach, according to Santa Barbara Police Department. On Monday police spokesman Anthony Wagner confirmed that Brown was identified through fingerprints since he was not carrying any identification.
The investigation into Brown's death is ongoing. Wagner told Santa Barbara TV station KSBY that foul play had not been ruled out.
Brown was a gifted surfer as a teen and became a World Tour competitor, winning an amateur surfing title in 1988 and the Professional Surfing Association of America (Bud Pro Tour) championship in 1994. At the time Brown was known as Kelly Slater's main competitor, one of the few surfers that could take on the would-be 11-time world champion.
Brown was 48 and is survived by a wife and daughter.