Ricardo dos Santos surfing, August 26, 2012 in Teahupoo
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Brazilian surf star Ricardo dos Santos fatally shot

Surfing fans have paid tribute to Brazilian surf star Ricardo dos Santos, who was fatally shot on Tuesday in Florianopolis.

Mr dos Santos, 24, was shot by an off-duty policeman outside his home. He underwent four operations but died in hospital on Tuesday.

He gained prominence after knocking 11-time world champion surfer Kelly Slater out of an event in 2012.

He was known as a daring tube rider who had won international surfing awards.