Professional Nautica surfer, model, humanitarian, public speaker and television personality Will Tant went under extensive open heart surgery on Tuesday. After being diagnosed with a serious form of an aortic aneurysm called Marfan Syndrome, Tant is staying strong and fighting the disease. However, the Floridian is not the only person on the family tree that has dealt with the condition. Family members of Will have also suffered with Marfan Syndrome, including his mother and older brother Tommy Tant. Unfortunately, surf addict Tommy Tant passed away unexpectedly in his sleep in 1998 from an aortic aneurysm.
The Surf Channel sends our best wishes to Will Tant and everyone out there who is battling Marfan disease, one day at a time.
Will Tant represents Nautica and ocean sports. Photo: Nautica
Shocked and devastated by the loss of a loved one, the Tant family tested for Marfan Syndrome and found that both Will and his mother had it, as well. Thankfully, Will’s mother survived the serious disease after having an open heart surgery. Now, Will has his shot for survival after going through the open heart surgery procedure to repair the condition.
Mainly known for his surfing endeavors and awesome parts in the surf films, Noah’s Arc and Beyond Borders, Will Tant is also a strong advocate for spreading awareness of Marfan Syndrome and other aortic diseases. The dedicated and genuine Tant also runs the annual Tommy Tant Memorial Surf Classic in memory of his late brother Tommy Tant, who was very passionate about surfing.
Will Tant surfing his home break in Flagler Beach, Florida. Photo: Nautica
Due to Tant’s athleticism, undeniable good looks and his philanthropic passion to help the community in all aspects, the ocean-oriented company Nautica chose Will to be a representative and professional model for their company. Despite all of the trials that Tant has experienced with the loss of his brother and the struggle of his disease, the model has kept an optimistic perspective on life. Similar to Tant’s aortic struggles, Nautica‘s Sportswear Coalition President, Karen Murray, shares the same difficulty of dealing with the deadly condition through her son’s diagnosis of Marfan Syndrome. The deep understanding between Murray and Tant has allowed their efforts to spread awareness become stronger than ever.
Will Tant and his supportive parents celebrate the life of Tommy at the Tommy Tant Memorial. Photo: Nautica
Based in Flagler Beach, Florida, Tant coordinates the Tommy Tant Memorial months in advance in partnership with Nautica. Every year, over 300 competitors of all ages and skill levels join together in a friendly competition at the Tommy Tant Memorial Surf Classic to raise funds for the National Marfan Foundation, the Tommy Tant Memorial Scholarship Fund and the Flagler County Food Bank. Other awesome activities at the two-day Tommy Tant Memorial include: live music, silent auctions, live-art exhibits and the Red Bull Night Riders surf event. All proceeds benefit the community of Flagler Beach and those who suffer from aortic diseases.
Florida paddle out ceremony in memory of Will’s brother, Tommy Tant. Photo: Nautica
The Surf Channel sends out good vibes to Will and the Tant family through these hard times.