(posted Feb. 13, 5:45 p.m.)- The U.S. Embassy has confirmed that a U.S. surfer identified as Phillipe Aguayo, 22, of Santa Monica, California, drown Monday morning while surfing the famous wave at Nicaragua’s Playa Maderas.
Aguayo was reportedly staying at the “Los tres Hermanos” hostel, 6 kilometers north of San Juan del Sur, according to the daily El Nuevo Diario.
According to police comments to El Nuevo Diario, Aguayo was probably knocked unconscious by his own board and drown. His body washed ashore, still attached to his board by the ankle strap. It was not clear if Aguayo was surfing alone.
He had reportedly arrived in Nicaragua Sunday afternoon crossing the border from Honduras.
Police have reportedly taken Aguayo’s body to the Legal Medical Institute in Managua.