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Surfing Star Dies After Moving To Australia

Rising surfing star Poeti Norac has been remembered as a "beautiful person" who died just weeks after moving to Queensland's Sunshine Coast.

The 24-year-old French surfer was a long board champion who started surfing at the age of six with her father Bruno.

Norac was from the Vendée region and starting riding waves in the seaside town Les Sables d’Olonne.

She'd been a finalist four times in France's national championships and won 10 times in the Coupe du France.

The French Surfing Federation remembered Norac as a "beautiful person with a radiant smile".

"The surfing community has lost a family member, a beautiful person with a radiant smile, an artist on her board and whose enthusiasm radiated in the Vendée and everywhere else," the federation said.

It said Norac was an "outstanding educator" who "transmitted her passion for surfing and the ocean".

The federation said it will soon announce the date of a ceremony in memory of Norac.

The circumstances surrounding the surfer's death remain unclear.

Contact Eden at egillespie@networkten.com.au