Localism is not a new thing and it’s something we have all been subject to at some time in our surfing lives. Unfortunately reports of aggression and violence are not unheard of either, but one incident we have learnt of this week at Snapper Rocks on the Gold Coast of Australia is particularly harrowing.
41-year-old Mark Morlock, had visited Snapper to spend the afternoon catching a few waves and was quite happily minding his own business. From behind another surfer approached and Mark instantly recognised him from an incident a few months earlier when Mark had dropped in on the guy, and effectively cut him up. Without warning the affronted surfer let his board go from between his legs and it flew up and outwards and struck Mark directly in the eye.
In searing pain and considerable shock he managed to get to shore where a Lifeguard attended his to injuries before getting Mark to the local hospital. As if the initial attack wasn’t bad enough the deranged attacker then confronted Mark a second time and squared up for a fight!
Fortunately for Mark, after being transferred to Gold Coast University Hospital surgeons were able to save his eye and assured him his sight will return. At this moment in time the attacker remains unidentified.
Here at Surf-Report we have been left quite shocked by the level of aggression in this attack, far worse than a bit of wax smeared on a windscreen, luckily it is a one off – as far as we know. Let us know what you think of this appalling assault and have you been subjected to any violence in the water yourself?
Picture courtesy of couriermail.com.au, Luke Marsden News Limited.