Longboarders, legropes, and a dirty big laceration
Two years ago Swellnet ran an article titled Longboarders, Legropes, and the Law. It was inspired by an encounter with a flying, leashless longboard at Manly Beach and explored the legal avenues available to lifeguards and victims of stray boards.
As it happens, there's very little recourse available; lifeguards cannot stop anyone paddling out without a legrope, and victims can only sue under extreme grounds. The matter all comes down to civic responsibility and individual commonsense. Two qualities that went missing at a certain Sydney beach yesterday morning...
While surfing his local early yesterday, Old Mate (fella was reluctant to give his real name) was faced with a runaway longboard on his first paddle out. Hadn't even caught a wave! He tried to fend it off with his arm but got king hit in the head instead.
The mal rider assisted him to the beach "then skulked off with no further assistance or care". Two other guys helped organise an ambulance. Old Mate went straight into surgery, the results of which can be seen in the photo below.
The reason our wounded friend didn't want to be named is 'cause "he didn't want to roast anyone." A magnanimous gesture given the outcome. So, rather than gathering the pitchforks let the photos serve as warning to all: wear a fucking legrope in crowded surf.