Revered surfer Ricardo Dos Santos has died a day after he was shot in a mystery attack.

The 24-year-old Brazilian passed away of his gunshot injuries on Tuesday morning (20Jan15).

Reports suggest Dos Santos was shot as he attempted to stop two men selling drugs on a beach.

Top surfers have paid tribute to the up-and-coming star, with Kelly Slater taking to Instagram to announce he dedicated an early morning surfing session on Tuesday to his slain pal.