Australia: Surfer dies after being punched outside pub north of Sydney

Chris Davidson, former Australian surfer has died after being punched outside a pub north of Sydney.

The 45-year-old was hit in the face and fell, striking his head on the pavement, police said. He was treated at the scene but died in hospital a short time later.

A man, 42, has been arrested and charged with assault causing death.

Davidson competed on the world surfing tour in 2010 and 2011.

He shot to fame as a 19-year-old after he was granted a wildcard entry into the Rip Curl Pro at Bells Beach, Australia, in 1996. There, he beat reigning world champion Kelly Slater in two consecutive heats.

Police have not released further details about the incident in Southwest Rocks, a small coastal town.

The 42-year-old man was refused bail on Monday and will next face a court in November, local media said.