On Thursday, January 10 2008, the Monterey County Coroner released the autopsy reports of local surfing legend Peter Davi. Davi, who passed on December 4th, 2007 during the largest day Ghost Tree has ever been surfed, was a very accomplished big wave surfer, and his death came as quite a blow to the surfing community.
According to Sheriff’s Sgt. Mike Richards, “The primary cause of death was asphyxia due to ocean drowning from surfing.” As reported by the Monterey Herald the autopsy also revealed high levels of methamphetamine in Davi’s system. The report revealed .75 milligrams per liter in his system, which is highly toxic especially considering .25 – .5 milligrams per liter are considered to be abusive . When asked if this played a role in Davi’s death, Richards responded, that it was “possible, but we can’t say for sure.”