Tuesday 21st July 2021 – ÁLVARO MONFORT with Mike Smith
On July 17th, the surfing world suffered the blow of the loss of Valencian surfer Óscar Serra while riding the waves on the Zicatela beach in Oaxaca, Mexico. Serra, an expert in riding big waves, fell from the top of one of them and hit his head against the seabed. Although rescuers rushed to his rescue, he could not be revived.
Óscar, 22 years old, was very loved in the surfer field and was strongly linked to Xàbia where he spent much of his childhood. So much so that, next Saturday 31st July at 7.00pm, a tribute will be held at Punta del Arenal to bid farewell to the young athlete. His family has been working together with the Spanish embassy for the repatriation of his body in order to fulfill one of Serra’s wishes that his ashes rest in the waters of the municipality’s bay.
It has not been the only show of affection that has been made to Oscar. Just two days after the tragic event, friends and surfers native to Mexico and of various nationalities participated in an emotional meeting on the beach of Puerto Escondido loaded with symbolism and with gestures that represent a quasi ritual for all lovers of riding the waves.