Cardiff woman dies while surfing in Encinitas


Authorities today (Nov. 3) identified a 57-year-old woman who died after suffering some type of medical issue while surfing near Swami’s State Beach in Encinitas.

Joy Froding of Cardiff-by-the-Sea told fellow surfers she wasn’t feeling well and was experiencing chest pain while out on her board late Monday morning, Nov. 2, according to the county Medical Examiner’s Office. She became unresponsive shortly afterward.

Other surfers brought Froding to shore, called for help and began CPR.

Paramedics took over the efforts to revive her and brought her to a hospital, but she was pronounced dead about 11:15 a.m., authorities said. The cause of death has yet to be made public.

Froding’s death was the second involving a surfer at popular point break off South Coast Highway 101 in three days.

Kenneth Mann, 61, was found dead in the sand Friday morning, Oct. 30. The medical examiner’s office determined the Encinitas man drowned, but blunt force trauma to head and chest contributed to his death.