A 97-YEAR-OLD expat has gone out in a blaze of glory after dying while surfing.

The unnamed man, from Switzerland, drowned shortly after entering the sea at Alcazaba beach in Estepona on Sunday afternoon.

Eyewitnesses reported seeing the man heading into the waves with a surfboard, before spotting his lifeless body floating in the water just minutes later.

The authorities are yet to release further details about the identity of the man.