Stand Up Paddleboarders often get a bad rap and there is no love lost between many surfers and paddleboarders in the line up, where things can often become heated. This is highlighted by reports from Australia of an incident at Bondi Beach, where a 54 year old paddleboarder attacked a surfer with his paddle and has since been arrested and charged with assault.
It is not clear what lead to the assault, but Bondi is notoriously busy, and a paddleboard is a big old lump of fibreglass to be threading through crowds, but whatever the reason nobody wants to see violence on the beach, and we certainly don’t want to see paddles used as weapons. Although, thankfully, these incidents are rare, last year we reported on the shocking localism shown by a elderly paddleboarder against a longboarder in the UK all over an innocuous drop in on waist high waves.
There are very simple rules of etiquette when it comes to wave riding and sometimes mistakes are made or the rules are broken, but violence isn’t the answer. The paddleboarder will be appearing in court on November 11th. Have you ever been on the receiving end of surf violence or extreme localism and what sort of punishment should be imposed on the Paddleboarder from Bondi?