Former Australian professional surfer Chris Davidson’s dark past has been exposed.
The ex-champion surfer was killed in an alleged one-punch attack on the NSW Mid-North Coast in September.
He was remembered as a “kind-hearted, charismatic and beautiful person” as tributes flowed in from around the world, including from surfing god Kelly Slater.
However, the 45-year-old’s demons have now been uncovered by The Daily Telegraph.
The newspaper reports Davidson was convicted of a child sex offence and was listed on the state’s Child Protection Register.
Davidson had also previously been open and honest about issues he had with drugs and alcohol.
It was just two weeks ago that hundreds of people gathered at Narrabeen beach in Sydney to honour Davidson.
Family and friends, including the former surfer’s two young children, gave a special tribute for him in a memorial paddle out.
There appears to be two very different sides to the former member of the he Rip Curl Search team.
Tracks magazine once described him as “one of the most gifted surfers in the world” at the peak of his career.
In 2010, he was ranked number 14 globally in the sport. At the age of 19 in 1996, he
famously defeated Kelly Slater in two consecutive heats at the Rip Curl Pro at Bells Beach, having been given a wildcard entry into the event.
It makes the newest revelations so troubling.
The latest revelation shows Davidson indecently assaulted a 15-year-old girl at her family home. He was sentenced to a good behaviour bond for a period of three years in 2017 and put on the Child Protection Register.
He was found to have violated those conditions when he began giving surf lessons to people of all ages ”including children and young people” without declaring the employment with police.
The report reveals harrowing details of his act of indecent assault towards the teenage girl — a charge he pleaded guilty to.
The teenage girl was the daughter of his friend. Davidson is reported to have declined an invitation to go out with the friend and instead stayed at the family home alone with the girl to watch a movie.
He followed her to her bedroom after she left the room because she had been made to feel uncomfortable about questions about her appearance and if she had a boyfriend.
Documents obtained by the newspaper show Davidson touched the girl’s hand and kissed her.
“I’m sorry, I’m sorry. I should not have done that,” Davidson said afterwards.
“I’m sorry, don’t tell your dad.”
The teenager then snuck out of the house before telling another man who lived at the property about the incident. Davidson was thrown out of the house.
There have previously been other troubling stories about Davidson’s private life and he was honest about his struggles when speaking to surging magazine Stab in 2006.
“I don’t want anything to do with that bad-boy image. I just want to be known as Davo, good surfer, nice guy. I don’t want this bad boy hype,” he said.
Police have charged Grant Coleman, the brother of NSW Waratahs coach Darren Coleman, with assault occasioning death over the alleged one-punch attack.
Coleman was arrested after the alleged assault outside the South West Rocks Country Club on the NSW Mid-North Coast.
Police allege the 42-year-old punched Davidson causing him to fall and hit his head on the pavement. Davidson was treated by paramedics before he was taken to hospital, where he died a short time later.
Coleman was also charged with intentionally choking Davidson without his consent.
Coleman is due to next appear before Kempsey Local Court on November 23.