Chris Davidson Dies After Alleged One-Punch Assault

Former WCT surfer Chris Davidson has died overnight, following an alleged assault at the South West Rocks Country Club. 

NSW Police reported the 45-year-old had been allegedly punched in the face outside the premises, and was knocked unconscious after falling to the ground and hitting his head.

Chris was taken to Kempsey Hospital by NSW Ambulance paramedics, but he died a short time later. 

A 42-year-old man was arrested at his home in South West Rocks, and charged with assault causing death.

The North Narrabeen surfer reached #14 on the 2010 World Championship Tour with his best result a 3rd at the Rip Curl Pro Portugal.

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thermalben Sunday, 25 Sep 2022 at 7:40pm

Gosh. Tragic news. RIP Davo.

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P.James Monday, 3 Oct 2022 at 8:35am

Chris Davidson was one of my Idols growing up with his flashy turns ,long blond hair and rip curl sponsorship ,such sad news in a ever increasing violent and unpredictable society.RIP Davo

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wallpaper Monday, 3 Oct 2022 at 10:04am

poor you

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haggis Sunday, 25 Sep 2022 at 7:41pm

That is terrible news. Sincerest condolences to his family. RIP

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K.T. Sunday, 25 Sep 2022 at 7:53pm

Fark no... RIP Davo

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udo Sunday, 25 Sep 2022 at 8:12pm
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kirwoods Sunday, 25 Sep 2022 at 8:18pm

Such a tragedy. RIP.

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tubeshooter Sunday, 25 Sep 2022 at 8:32pm

That is such a tragic and unfitting way to go out, no matter what anyone may think of his full tilt lifestyle.
A legendary wild child. RIP Chris.
I'm sure the Hog will have some sobering thoughts at the 'Krezzo Camp'.

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AndyM Monday, 26 Sep 2022 at 9:45am

"sobering thoughts"

There's something in that for all of us.

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zenagain Sunday, 25 Sep 2022 at 9:14pm

Just a terrible way to go out. Without knowing the circumstances, just seems so pointless.

RIP Davo.

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surfer1971 Sunday, 25 Sep 2022 at 9:18pm

What is tragic is his daughter will have no father.

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Shaun Hanson Monday, 26 Sep 2022 at 6:31am

Just no good ..things can go so wrong so fkn quick ..Goona be a bit quieter on the hill mate ...R.I.P

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Surfalot67 Monday, 26 Sep 2022 at 7:14am

RIP legend. So sad and pointless, violence is for the mentally feeble. Thinking of his family.

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burleigh Monday, 26 Sep 2022 at 7:28am

Please don’t fucking fight. Davo gone, his kids don’t have a father and the guy that punched him his family will also never be the same.

Two families shattered because of a stupid punch.

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Roadkill Monday, 26 Sep 2022 at 9:04am

100% correct, burleigh.

2 familes now have to live with the consequences.

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Roadkill Monday, 26 Sep 2022 at 8:57am

violence never is the way...add alcohol and men being tough guys.

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jedi old mate Monday, 26 Sep 2022 at 9:08am

RIP Davo. A true embodiment of the Australian Surf Animal.
This may not be appropriate timing to discuss but this is just another example of being chewed up and spat out by the surf industry machine. Lionised and lauded within our culture for being a sick c#nt and one of the boys when it was really just glorified addiction and destructive behaviour.
Easy to make these comments with the benefit of hindsight but there is still no doubt in my mind that alcohol is the most destructive force on Australian society yet strangely is still applauded and encouraged.

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Crab Nebula Monday, 26 Sep 2022 at 10:35am

Definitely, Jedi.
A mate of mine, similar age to Davo, was fed drugs and alcohol as a grom whilst away with his idols on tour. These guys all surfed under the same sponsor. The sponsors and managers were enablers. When the lifestyle killed his emerging surf career, he was spat out and replaced by a younger, uncorrupted version. He was good enough but the very industry promoting his skill provided the cracks for him to fall through. The legacy of such primed them for a lifetime of addiction and alcoholism. 30 years on and they havent ever had a stable job since. No day goes by without alcohol. Sad, sad thing.

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jedi old mate Monday, 26 Sep 2022 at 10:56am

Yes unfortunately it’s a story that’s all too common.
I think a large part of the problem is the surf industry stoking the flames of idolisation in order to sell product. The managers and industry hanger-on’s are all enablers and ‘yes men’ who condone poor behaviour and rampant alcohol and drug abuse all while trying to maintain a sanitised image.

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getbarrelled99 Wednesday, 28 Sep 2022 at 3:34pm

Crab Nebula - sounds just like a mate of mine from WA...?? he'd be mid/latish forties now - corrupted by enablers and a big brand sponsor (BB).. then spat him out and left him with life long habits and "what may have beens"... could be the same shredder?

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rj-davey Monday, 26 Sep 2022 at 11:33am

bang on

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nomad1 Monday, 26 Sep 2022 at 6:19pm

I think its deeper than just alcohol (although i agree its a part of it).
Loads of places have people drinking but there just isnt the aggro that there is in Oz. Ive lived in central Oslo for years in an area with lots of bars. I could count the number of fights ive seen over 15 years on one hand. Ive sat in a Munich beer garden on a summer day with 1000 people drinking (not Octoberfest). There was something that felt slightly strange and i couldnt figure it out initially. No aggro, No fights at all despite the booze.
I had a friend from home visiting Oslo, some drunk dude wanted to push infront of us in the kebab line. I had a word and told him to wait in line like everyone else. My mates first reaction was, " oh i can be bothered having a fight with some guy over a kebab line". I didnt even consider that. Its waaay down the list of potential outcomes here, whereas in Oz if i did that id have to be prepared for a fight..

I like having a few drinks occasionally but yeah i think there is something a bit off about the culture of pressure to drink that ive seen in Oz. But, theres something deeper with the aggression that comes out that just doesnt exist nearly to the same extent in other places.
I dont know what it is, are people that insecure that theyre looking to lash out? or have to prove something themselves or others? I dont get it. Some of this stuff i didnt question growing up but after 15 years living away from Aus has maybe changed my perspective a little and made me realise some of the stuff that isnt so great.

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peppa bluey Tuesday, 27 Sep 2022 at 3:34am

Really agree with you nomad1, and it’s pretty sad. I’ve noticed this in mainland Europe too, just as a tourist. People are out socialising en masse in the evenings but it’s a very pleasant atmosphere, people are talking to each other and seem to be enjoying things. You walk past a pub in Australia and just the increased volume of the crowd is noticeable with shouting, screaming, not necessarily in rage but the atmosphere is charged or something. Patrons often look angry or out of it. Alcohol has a lot to answer for but there is something else underneath it too, I agree, and it’s not appealing at all.

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velocityjohnno Tuesday, 27 Sep 2022 at 11:50am

Completely agree nomad1; to the extent I don't bother with the pub scene here, only get interested in going to them myself when I'm on another continent. Cannot understand the aggro.

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Halda Wednesday, 28 Sep 2022 at 8:46pm

Maybe its a deep seated cultural norm of inferiority - passed down from our convict forefathers. Tall poppy syndrome isn't even a thing overseas - no one knows what it is.

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AndyM Monday, 26 Sep 2022 at 9:47am

Yeah there's so much more to dissect than just a single punch on a single night.

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Matlyn878 Monday, 26 Sep 2022 at 10:16am

Yes alcohol is such a blight on our society seen to many good people fall down that drain,it's a shame the wsl don't realise taking sponsor dollars from a beer company perpetuates that behaviour.

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cycd Monday, 26 Sep 2022 at 10:18am

As tragic as this is for his family and daughter im sorry to say this but im not suprised this happened to Chris Davidson after seeing him behave very very poorly multiple times growing up out on the sauce. Im not condoning it or happy about it in any way shape or form, quite the opposite ... but when i saw it i wasnt shocked something like this happened.

A few people have commented to not fight... excessive drinking, using and going out being a menace leading up to these things also need to not be encouraged IMO. Narrabeen back in the day was a place where this was accepted as being somewhat normal.

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jedi old mate Monday, 26 Sep 2022 at 10:35am

He does a good cutback though so we should exonerate all poor behaviour on land and glorify it as legendary and mythologise his bender exploits. This, as well as AI’s death should of been a catalyst for change and open discussion about addiction and mental health within surfing but no one wants to ask the hard questions because it doesn’t sell. No doubt it will get swept up under the rug and RIPCURL will post plenty of hero tribute videos today.

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Surfalot67 Monday, 26 Sep 2022 at 11:14am

100%. No one can convince me the Billabong crew didn’t know exactly what was up with AI, and not only turned a blind eye, but probably thought his image would help move their rep beyond gear for inland dads.

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jedi old mate Monday, 26 Sep 2022 at 12:54pm

Yes agreed. Surely if you have an employee with ‘Bipolar’ that you are flying around the world who is on mad benders non-stop you have a degree of due diligence and responsibility to them.
My main beef was the cover up after his passing.
AI died in the most harrowing circumstances, all alone of a drug overdose at the end of a bender while his wife was sitting at home heavily pregnant waiting for him. Close to the most unheroic thing a man could do. Instead of letting this be a cautionary tale for the youth and spreading awareness about the plight of co-existing AOD and mental health issues by deconstructing the stigma around it and setting a new paradigm, let’s cover it up as we don’t want to potentially hurt our brand.
AI FOREVER sell sell sell.

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Surfalot67 Monday, 26 Sep 2022 at 1:09pm

Yep. I went to the AI doco premier at Twin Towns where Mick, Joel and Occy made an appearance. As I went to walk in with my ticket the door clown puts his hand out and says “step aside, the Billabong guys are coming through”. I kid you not, someone should have called those cunts out for still big-noting themselves by association with Andy but the pros and journos won’t bite the hand that feeds.

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surfer1971 Monday, 26 Sep 2022 at 8:11pm

I know that the Billabong crew knew about AI. I had many friends in high places in Billabong that told me exactly what he was on and how they did not care as long as he was getting results. It was swept under the rug fully. AI was a adult but he also was a employee of the business and essentially they could have told him that random drug tests would have to be done to continue the sponsorship etc. They would never do that as he was selling alot of product for them.

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soggydog Sunday, 2 Oct 2022 at 12:07pm

AI, the most lucrative corpse in surfing. Rising sun shorts and false nostalgia anyone?

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Crab Nebula Monday, 26 Sep 2022 at 10:49am

+1

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Roadkill Monday, 26 Sep 2022 at 10:26am

attitudes around alcohol consumption is pretty bad in AUS...consumption is glorified and celebrated. Culturally, many AUS men are full of aggression...afl and league promote it and society / mates don't pull it back.

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Surfalot67 Monday, 26 Sep 2022 at 11:16am

Yep. We are a country where even the PM is considered a “good bloke” if he skolls a schooner at the cricket…

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velocityjohnno Tuesday, 27 Sep 2022 at 11:54am

Yes saw this in football over the years and the fallout and people dying.

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Ronson Monday, 26 Sep 2022 at 11:02am

Agreed. It's not made any easier for blokes on the piss and (possibly) on the gear (meth or goey - whatever is cheapest) losing their hard earned on gambling apps. Pokies get the bad rap but you can drop it much quicker on the app.

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MrBungle Tuesday, 4 Oct 2022 at 11:39am

Mate the gambling apps are out of control. Blokes I know are glued to their phones at backyard barbies putting bets on. I want nothing to do with it, looks way too easy to get sucked into.

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mike oxhard Monday, 26 Sep 2022 at 11:17am

this is why I just don't go out any more, too many idiots are a slave to their own ego, RIP

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Roadkill Monday, 26 Sep 2022 at 11:30am

Our domestic violence rates are also a national embarrassment. Men killing woman is out of hand...also an underreported statistic is domestic violence towards children is predominantly woman on children.

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john.callahan Monday, 26 Sep 2022 at 12:25pm

Incredible surfer, but with his lifestyle and documented problems with alcohol and drugs, no one is particularly surprised at his unfortunate demise - and yes, alcohol is the most destructive force on Australian society, yet strangely is still applauded and encouraged.

Not being Australian, I was rather shocked at the glorified role alcohol had in society as a whole the first time I visited the country - I had never seen a drive-thru alcohol shop before, where people bought and loaded enormous quantities of beer and spirits into the boot and I didn't realise it was perfectly normal if not expected to drink an entire slab of VB or Tooheys Old each weekend.

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Crab Nebula Monday, 26 Sep 2022 at 1:10pm

Yep, looking back I wonder how someone sitting on the outside might view what was normalised. As a early-mid teenager in Sydney in the 90s not far from Nth Narra, it was almost a rite of passage to get on the sauce. The Northen Beaches had the highest rate of DUI in Australia, I think. I grew up in a culture (football, surfing, and surf club) who wore a hangover and a trip to cop shop like a badge of honour. As kids on a footy trip, our coaches got arrested for drunk and disorderly in Surfers Paradise. Travelling to and from rowing carnivals, the older boat crews would be full of it and peeing into empties or out the windows of the bus. All in front of the kids. Some parents would even supply half the neighbourhood minors with grog. The drive-thru attendents barely looked at us sideways as a van full of teenagers and one adult buying 10+ slabs and spirits. With high probability, I could walk into a store from 15 onwards and get liquor without being asked for ID as long as there were no witnesses.

Being priced out of Sydney, I then moved up north where I figured beer was named XXXX with a can coloured yellow to confuse the locals into thinking it was breaky juice. I had to come back south a bit. But its not much better. When the garbage trucks come, all you can hear is beer bottles clang. Not everyone is a piss-head here but there are far too many and its been long engrained in our cultural. A slab over a weekend isnt necessarily hard to do for me. But, I have been off it for a while now. I dont miss it. Never felt better. I am hoping to be that cycle-breaker.

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Baron von Spatula Monday, 26 Sep 2022 at 1:24pm

… and non-drinking ( or light drinking ) males are often ostracised, viewed with suspicion as effeminate or, lesser-the-man.
RIP Davo
Condolences to the families

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simba Monday, 26 Sep 2022 at 12:31pm

RIP Davo......great surfer

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555ZZZ Monday, 26 Sep 2022 at 1:01pm

Such a tragedy . So sad for him and his family .
Also for everyone who knew him and watched him grow as a surfer at NN.

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udo Monday, 26 Sep 2022 at 1:32pm

Grant Coleman brother of Darren Waratahs coach arrested 1 hr after the assault

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burleigh Monday, 26 Sep 2022 at 1:51pm

I do feel a change is coming regarding drinking.

It's definitely more socially accepted to not drink. being a non drinker myself the hardest part is the drinkers feeling uncomfortable if i don't have a drink in my hand.

Nearly every pub has zero % beers now and a huge selection of good tasting ones at bottle shops. Best ones i've tried are the Better Beer.

We need to break this hero status that glorifies substance abuse. being a local piss head that surfs great isnt a badge of honour, nor a monster hangover.

Waking up fresh, no matter what day it is, surfing to your full potential and being a good person is a real badge of honour,

Punching someone in the head is a fucking stupid thing to do no matter the situation. It doesn't solve anything. but can land you in police custody, ruin your family and the victims.

If your friends don't accept your new way of life that includes not poisoning yourself every weekend, then i would suggest finding new friends.

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Surfalot67 Monday, 26 Sep 2022 at 1:57pm

I hope you’re right Burlz. I left there after 15 years, bored with the same old tough guys drinking at the Crab Pot talking up their surfing and their ability to go the biff. You know who they are no doubt. Last straw was a coward punch to the back of the head by the local “champ” out at the point for daring to speak up to his bullshit. That’s how people like Davo end up dead. Time some folks grew up

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Roadkill Monday, 26 Sep 2022 at 2:52pm

violence and accepting violence is more of the problem..it's too easy to place the blame on alcohol. Plenty of other cultures drink but don't have the associated violence from drinking we have here.

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zenagain Monday, 26 Sep 2022 at 3:20pm

I'm glad you said that. I live in a culture soaked in alcohol and in over 15 years barely have heard a cross word shared.

I really think It's the way Australian and some other societies have been shaped, ones that glorify excess and toughness and male bravado. Why can't a situation be diffused? Why does it have to escalate? Is there shame in walking away?

I gave up drinking at the beginning of this year. I've drank in moderation socially only three times this year. I don't miss it one bit. I've saved a stack of cash, I'm clearer, brighter, surfing better and my wife is happier too.

I'm totally not a wowser, I'm just glad that I've taken control of booze rather than revolving my life around it.

I'm sad to hear of Davo's untimely passing. Sadly, he ain't the first and won't be the last. Terrible way to leave this earth.

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nomad1 Monday, 26 Sep 2022 at 7:19pm

100% my experience too.

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sam_2 Monday, 26 Sep 2022 at 9:47pm

Yep, look at Japan

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DAW Monday, 26 Sep 2022 at 2:57pm

I heard occy being interviewed about this story.Don't think there could be a worse person to comment on this than a moron coke head and cunt like him!!

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burleigh Monday, 26 Sep 2022 at 3:19pm

Agree but he is obviously from the same generation with the same issues glamourised and hero status enabled.

But fuck, he is the worst person in the world to surf with.

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haggis Tuesday, 27 Sep 2022 at 7:26pm

Angry man. Chill

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groundswell Tuesday, 4 Oct 2022 at 5:27pm

Heard from a good source Occy used to surf for 30 minutes at most in the 90's at Bluff and Gnaraloo (after waiting a week or more for conditions) before he needed more cones and the photogs would wait on with patience while Occ stumbled around on camp trying to remember where he put his bong..

Sad news about Davo, didn;t know him but doesn't sound ;like the type of guy id like to hang out with Shame "Alpha" attitudes in men, mainly USA and Aussies is so respected by under 30's men especially bodybuilding and health internet forums.
I once wrote a story about a guy who tried to strangle me after i asked how he was doing and was harrassed by the internet forum for not killing the guy or beating his ass..I had no chance he was twice my size and roided out and on coke.Any case hero fighting skills,MMA status and Alphaness are just plain wrong.
Even computer gaming communities are extremely toxic these days.
All kids want to be known as Alpha, as betas dont apparently get chicks.Something like that.

Sad news for all familes and all others involved.

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nasigoreng Monday, 26 Sep 2022 at 5:38pm

The timing of Davo's death and Hedgy's recent success in Tahiti epitomise the power of choices discussed here.

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billie Monday, 26 Sep 2022 at 6:03pm

Good observation.

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seeds Monday, 26 Sep 2022 at 6:17pm

Nah that’s bullshit. No evidence of what’s happened etc

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Surfalot67 Monday, 26 Sep 2022 at 6:20pm

Who are you replying to champ?

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seeds Monday, 26 Sep 2022 at 6:23pm

Billie
Edit
Nasi actually

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nasigoreng Monday, 26 Sep 2022 at 6:30pm

Sorry Seeds,

I just mean both boys were products of The Search and have both had similar experiences. Hedgy has made some positive changes recently and his efforts are awesome. I loved them both as a 90's grom.

RIP Davo. This is tragic whatever the circumstances.

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chunks Monday, 26 Sep 2022 at 6:33pm

RIP Davo always loved your surfing. Sounds like a lot of folks here will be heading to the ATS wellness seminar

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seeds Monday, 26 Sep 2022 at 6:35pm

No need to apologise
Let us not get carried away before we know the facts is all I’m saying

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tubeshooter Monday, 26 Sep 2022 at 6:54pm

Absolutely seeds.
Looks like a charge of choking has been added to the assault one.

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cd Monday, 26 Sep 2022 at 6:48pm

Was Davo still surfing

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lostdoggy Monday, 26 Sep 2022 at 7:21pm

Yeh.

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indo-dreaming Monday, 26 Sep 2022 at 7:14pm

Sad news, obviously feel for his friends and family, but strangely enough i feel for the guy who punched him, It would be hard to live with taking someones life without intention with a punch.

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wallpaper Monday, 26 Sep 2022 at 8:12pm

The question of intent is not yours to decide.

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tubeshooter Monday, 26 Sep 2022 at 11:13pm

The charges at this stage don't indicate intent.

"In most cases one punch assaults are not premeditated and the death of the victim is usually a consequence of the offender’s impulsive actions. The offender is generally heavily intoxicated. Courts have therefore faced the predicament of sentencing an offender for a fatal assault in circumstances where all the evidence suggests that he did not have the intent to kill.

The offence of murder requires the offender to have intentionally killed the victim, while manslaughter requires the victim’s death to have been foreseeable. In one punch assaults however, it could be sometimes be successfully argued that the victim’s death was neither intended nor foreseeable. A conviction for manslaughter was therefore not always possible or appropriate, while a mere aggravated assault struck many people as inadequate when someone had died.

In 2014, after several highly-publicised one punch assaults in New South Wales, the state government introduced new legislation to govern offences of this nature and impose tough penalties for offenders who are convicted of one punch assaults causing death. It also amended the criminal law so that intoxication can no longer be relied on as a mitigating factor, where it is voluntary."
https://www.gotocourt.com.au/criminal-law/nsw/one-punch-assaults-causing...

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wallpaper Tuesday, 27 Sep 2022 at 7:04am

Thanks. A very sad state of affairs all round no doubt.

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Sam M Tuesday, 27 Sep 2022 at 7:58am

I read over the NSW sentencing guidelines after hearing what had happened and it listed assault occasioning death and assault occasioning death while intoxicated as two separate offences. The intoxication addition was considered an aggravating factor and carries a mandatory minimum 8 year non-parole custodial sentence.

I'll try and dig up the link.

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Sheepdog Wednesday, 28 Sep 2022 at 12:07pm

Indo writes ;
"Sad news, obviously feel for his friends and family, but strangely enough i feel for the guy who punched him, It would be hard to live with taking someones life without intention with a punch."

You have written some pretty stupid stuff over the years. But feeling sorry for a king hit coward puncher is possibly the most repugnant thing you have ever typed.

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stunet Wednesday, 28 Sep 2022 at 12:20pm

Everything I've read indicates Davidson was punched in the face and that there was a scuffle before it. Ergo it wasn't a king hit nor a 'coward punch', which means an unseen punch coming from the side or back.

Also, plenty of people, including mates from Narrabeen, have expressed sorrow for Davo and also for the offender. It's a tragic situation all around.

Telling someone what they should feel is pretty fucking weird.

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burleigh Wednesday, 28 Sep 2022 at 2:36pm

of course you should feel sorry for him and his family. A horrible incident that will haunt him for the rest of his life and fuck his family.

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zenagain Wednesday, 28 Sep 2022 at 2:50pm

Agreed, Burls and Indo. Profoundly changed the course of two lives and sadly, one permanently.

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freeride76 Monday, 26 Sep 2022 at 7:31pm

I don't think there is anything peculiar about the drinking culture in Aus and violence.

I've been in way more violent drinking cultures- USA, UK and Phillipines to name 3.

Never seen anything like the mayhem outside English pubs at closing time.
Guys, gals, fights popping off everywhere.

Drinking and violence is probably the rule not the exception.

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nomad1 Monday, 26 Sep 2022 at 8:38pm

I agree RE UK and US (no idea about Phillipines, never been). But there are so many places ive lived or visited regularly where its not present to the same degree. It just doesnt need to be the case.

I am not sure what drives it. I am just not sure its entirely to do with booze.

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upnorth Monday, 26 Sep 2022 at 8:42pm

Australia, US and UK are the outliers, all have similar macho, drink 'til you fall over, love a fight, cultures. Scandinavia, the majority of Europe with Poland an exception have a more civilized approach to alcohol consumption where it doesn't lead excess and violence. As does much of Asia in my experience with ex pats creating the market for bars.

I remember a college exchange with a Swedish equivalent. On home soil we made pigs of ourselves as usual as our guests made their excuses. In Sweden our hosts brought out flavoured vodka and sipped a couple enjoying the taste as again we drank 'til we threw up. We didn't realise we were just living up the stereotype, fucking embarrassing in hindsight.

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wax-on-danielson Tuesday, 27 Sep 2022 at 7:12am

Yea and what about countries like New Guinea or places in Central and South America where they just start queuing up stab and gun shot victims on Friday and Saturday night, as if alcohol isn’t involved in that. People all over the World drink piss lose their inhibitions and don’t give a shit about the consequences of their actions. How far it goes probably comes back to how bad the social environment is and in Australia it’s really not that bad. Australia is actually one of the safest countries in the world. Things like this do happen in Oz but compared to how often people get shot in the US for example it’s nothing.

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Crab Nebula Tuesday, 27 Sep 2022 at 7:45am

Yep, FR. Definitely. We could probably all attest to being in circles with people from diverse backgrounds with one constant: Give them a belly full of piss and they start doing things they wouldnt otherwise do. Sometimes it just amplifies the idiot.

Start with the simplest explanation. While culture is a salient factor, it takes generations to change and it starts with indiviudal behaviour. I would love to change it but so many say "If you dont love it, leave it" . My retort is "where do you go?" . Every culture has its problems and when you mix with alcohol its a time bomb. That's why some cultures forbid it. That's not to say we shouldnt take measures of responsibility and accountability.
If an individual stops drinking, they are no longer contributing to the drinking culture.
For ours, if I could rewind and take alocohol out of the equation would a lot of incidents have happened?

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san Guine Monday, 26 Sep 2022 at 8:39pm

Sad outcome for all involved. The ripple effect through the local community will reverberate for years to come...hopefully it stimulates some serious discussion around our drinking culture.

Agree with FR that violence and alcohol go hand in glove. Seen some ugly violence in the Americas, Oz, NZ (a very under reported problem there), UK (plenty of mates who just loved biffo especially post football matches and closing time) and South Africa invariably alcohol fuelled and mainly men (but not exclusively). Not so much in Europe but haven't spent enough time there to know.

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theblacksheep Tuesday, 27 Sep 2022 at 5:56am

If someone can tell me how to train my son to avoid the macho alcohol fuelled rites of passage in Oz I’m all ears. The binge culture is impossible to avoid and such a dangerous one.
I’m torn as I feel I enjoyed most of it myself or maybe I just tell myself I did. A ton were just a little waste of money, memories and surf time. The older you get the harder and more pointless it gets.
I look back and so many situations it was just pure luck no one died.
Maybe its about giving my kids strong self esteem, open discussion about the good and bad and getting as much time in different cultures as possible.
Rites of passages aren’t necessarily right but are part of life’s journey I guess.

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Crab Nebula Tuesday, 27 Sep 2022 at 8:11am

Not easy.
No one is immune to the effects of alcohol but I tend to think education is a protective factor: I would hypothesise that those more educated are less likely to end up in stupid bar fights or DUI. Why? Because they dont put themselves in that situation to begin with. They have the skills that access better things in life and prefer to do those things rather than hang around getting stupid. Education, of course, doesnt explain it 100% which emphasises the complexity. There are those who have minimal schooling but sensible enough to avoid alcoholism.
Peers are a huge factor, but again, the skills to access better realms in life will probably reduce peer factors somewhat as they hang with more positive, likeminded crowd.
Where do kids first get a thirst for knowledge or indeed the sense to avoid alcoholism?
Their role models of course.
Some households build protective factors while some households provide gateways.

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Surfalot67 Tuesday, 27 Sep 2022 at 9:22am

Agreed Crab. No surprise to me that the alleged perpetrator has a rugby league connection. These boof heads are all about the beers and biff, it's in their DNA, and reinforced from juniors to retirement.

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AndyM Tuesday, 27 Sep 2022 at 1:19pm

What a dumb comment.

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Surfalot67 Tuesday, 27 Sep 2022 at 1:59pm

Prove me wrong

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haggis Thursday, 29 Sep 2022 at 6:30pm

That would be pretty easy.

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channel-bottom Tuesday, 27 Sep 2022 at 9:37am

Education and your actions as a role model.

Do your normalise excess use of alcohol? How many days do you wake with a hangover?

I look back at my younger years and again wonder how I didn't die in a car wrapped around a tree or end up in hospital.

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Crab Nebula Tuesday, 27 Sep 2022 at 10:32am

Channel-bottom, agree in the most part and empathise with your youth experience as I somehow survived it to. But I would go one further and ask ourselves: do I normalise the consumption of any amount of alcohol at all?
The routines that we associate beer in hand with, to me, are the insidious practices that are socially labelled 'harmless' but may in fact be as harmful as they infuse alcohol as a go-to in to many aspects of social life that impression upon our own youth.
Personally, I dont think we need to wait for the extreme effects of alcohol to see its harm.
These days I see "drinking responsibly" as an oxymoron.

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garyg1412 Tuesday, 27 Sep 2022 at 3:48pm

About as oxymoronic as "gambling responsibly". Fancy telling an addict to engage in their addiction responsibly. How fucking stupid are organisations like ACMA, etc. Addictions destroy families and here we are still advertising their destructive products.

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epictard Wednesday, 28 Sep 2022 at 2:40pm

G'Day Gary, although I agree with your comment here at a superficial level, the constant reminders to 'gamble / drink / responsibly is much better then to not metion it at all. To keep the thought of broken families and what-not at the fore-front of the users' minds will deter some from going deeper down the hole. Even a single save is still a positive outcome, surely?! Gambling responsibly is not actually an oxymoron, in that, if you have a spare $xxx then you should be allowed to blow it in a fashion that is not harmeful to anyone, even yourself. That is what they mean. for the already addicted they also provide help-lines to get out of the cycle ... which I am sure many use, by no doubt no-where near enough.

Also, addiction is not only environmental, but is also genetic. To answer the original question, guiding your offspring into more positive addictions (should they show addictive natures) is one way to stave off alcohol abuse. But generally, as others have stated, being a good role-model and educating them is key ... educating in anything really. My kids see me drink, not often to excess, and they know I used to drink heavily; I often tell them not to end up like me and try to maintain composure when they are around, but I also work, study, keep the house in order, and never ever leave the results of drinking out to air.

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velocityjohnno Tuesday, 27 Sep 2022 at 11:14am

Yep mate we survived it. And you know I hardly drink today.

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channel-bottom Tuesday, 27 Sep 2022 at 2:27pm

That drive from Caves House to the camp ground.....

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DMC Tuesday, 27 Sep 2022 at 10:31am

Hi Blacksheep
Pro surfer Cooper Chapman has started a business called the good human factory. he has a podcast called good humans with cooper chapman. well worth a look up & listen.
Cooper is a born & bred NN Local & Davo & Hedgy were/are very good friends & High amongst his peers.
He knows too well the culture around the northern beaches & changed his life to suit his values.
RIP Davo luv you brother

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palmymick Tuesday, 27 Sep 2022 at 11:53am

I've got 3 sons TBS, all drinking age except the youngest (but I allow him to have a tipple every now and again - he's 16) and they have no where near the interest in alcohol and partying that I did when I was their age. In fact, probably less that I did until late 40's! They have beers with their mates but don't go out to nite clubs etc, few beers at the pub or a mates house. I can't think of anything I did to contribute to this, unless me getting pissed with my mates put them off! It was more their peer group than anything if I had to guess.

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velocityjohnno Tuesday, 27 Sep 2022 at 12:13pm

Would tend to agree palmymick

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indo-dreaming Tuesday, 27 Sep 2022 at 6:02pm

I think its just about educating on what can go wrong but with real life examples like this.

But I also think its important the kind of relationship you have with your kid.

For instance i wouldn't have listened to anything my parents said as while i didn't have a bad relationship with them, i still saw them as totally disconnected with what i was doing as they would never tell me how they ran amuck when young, so i thought i was different and they didnt know.

I see my wife and her mothers relationship as much better in that she is like best friends with her mum so she would listen to anything her mum said or not be scared to tell her anything good or bad, if her mum said look okay go get drunk but dont get out of control she would listen.

I saw it with mates parents too where we got drunk and smoked pot with them and partied with them so they knew what was going on and were there if someone got too fucked up and they never go violent when drinking so it was very rare for us too, only time was when bogans wanted to beat us up cause we were surfers (skegs), and only bad example friends parents gave was they drank drove so we did too, so lots of cars got written off, licences lost and very near misses in regard to serous injury.

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DudeSweetDudeSweet Tuesday, 27 Sep 2022 at 10:54am

Definitely worth a listen . Nice honestly Vaughn Blakey. Excellent work. Nailed it.

https://open.spotify.com/episode/6yEcDfB0dibL4d6gx4MgjB?si=hIabmA9dT0ux8...

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goofyfoot Tuesday, 27 Sep 2022 at 11:20am

Read a few bits and pieces about Davo not having the easiest upbringing.
Does anyone know what his home life was like as a child?

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Surfalot67 Tuesday, 27 Sep 2022 at 12:36pm

Check this boof head out. Even goes by the nickname “Grub”. Hate these macho fuckwits. Well now his life is fucked too.

https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=pfbid02ZzpSg3S5TyHTrQUx6drpT...

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goofyfoot Tuesday, 27 Sep 2022 at 1:45pm

I think until you know the full story and all the details you have to be careful from making comments like this.

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Surfalot67 Tuesday, 27 Sep 2022 at 2:07pm

What? It’s all over the press FFS, not just my opinion. Good grief some people are snowflakes. Call it what it is, footy club culture is all about getting on the piss and punching on. There have been countless examples of this behaviour from footy thugs.

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goofyfoot Tuesday, 27 Sep 2022 at 2:12pm

All the details of the fight are all over the press? Please elaborate then.

It’s not a case of being a snowflake. You’ve constantly proven yourself to be one of the thickest pricks on here and today is no exception.

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Surfalot67 Tuesday, 27 Sep 2022 at 2:16pm

Did you click the link before you embarrassed yourself again? All good, you keep defending the grub if it makes you feel better. Personally I hope the low life cunt rots in jail, but you can take him some flowers once a week. FFS.

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goofyfoot Tuesday, 27 Sep 2022 at 3:01pm

This is a comment from your own link you provided.

“ Police have not released details of what they believe sparked the incident leading to Mr Davidson's death. ”

Anyway nice to chat, I’m done.

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Surfalot67 Tuesday, 27 Sep 2022 at 3:30pm

You’re kidding right? What the fuck does it matter what sparked it? He’s now dead because some bogan rugby gronk full of piss couldn’t hold his temper or articulate without violence. I wondered before, but now I know you really are a cretin. Your only contribution to this thread up until your lame comment about “being careful” sharing a freely available media post was to question Davo’s upbringing. Whatever it was and whatever his demons were, nothing, nothing warrants the violent outcome that lead to his death. You’d be the zombie rights activist in a zombie apocalypse wouldn’t you? Fuck off.

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goofyfoot Tuesday, 27 Sep 2022 at 3:30pm

You’re missing my point completely but I’m not surprised at all

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jedi old mate Tuesday, 27 Sep 2022 at 5:51pm

No one is doubting it was a senseless death and the individual act of throwing the punch was atrocious and the wrong thing to do.
But we should wait for more details to come out and let the courts do there jobs before crucifying the perpetrator.
Davo was no Saint and on the latest Ain’t That Swell podcast they mentioned he faced serious charges a few years back for allegedly glassing a women on the arm after missing the bloke he was going for.
It’s clear he has a history of alcohol fuelled violence and aggression so there may be more to the story than the narrative of Davo been coward punched in the back of the head.
I would imagine that this footy bloke didn’t mean to kill Davo with a drunken punch but trying to glass someone is even more dangerous and cowardly in my opinion.
However I will acknowledge it’s a pretty insensitive move on my behalf casting judgements on a recently deceased person who’s not here to defend themselves but hey it’s the internet.

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truebluebasher Tuesday, 27 Sep 2022 at 7:23pm

It's likely the families are or were also reading this caring & thoughtful swellnet tribute.
Then comes a rush of blood & the Line gets crossed.
With us senior crew gingerly tip toeing around our own do do...equally inflicts more suffering.

Straight Up! Without reservation fellow crew mates sincerely apologize to the families.
Whatever was said in the heat of the moment was just that & not echoed by the crew.

Us cowardly Hodads have one role only...we step in then stamp it out & mop it up!
'Think you'll find that's 3 roles tbb'...Ok! Calm down...nothing to see...just carry on caring.
Even if we get lost for words...we can let the music speak for us...gives us time to reflect & peace out!
If we Hodads can't settle our own affairs then who...'can ya just play the song tbb!'

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Surfalot67 Tuesday, 27 Sep 2022 at 7:45pm

Agreed TBB. Some serious bullshit and borderline victim blaming here. Sincerest apologies to the family and friends. I’m sitting here with one of Davos mentors from Narra and first sponsor. Appalled at the dog shit from GF and others. RIP and let’s learn from this is all that matters. Respect

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H2O Tuesday, 27 Sep 2022 at 8:42pm

About 3 weeks ago waiting for a coffee and saw a copy of the White Horses book in the reading material and flicking through it came across an article by Nick Carroll about an encounter with Chris Davidson - must have been recently as he was on a trip down from up the coast and Nicks description of him was , in my opinion, not exactly complimentary Instead it disturbed me . Why?

I have never met Chris but understood, even as I read the article, that he was down on his luck in many ways , whether self inflicted or whatever.

I have known a lot of people suffering from what Chris's issues appear to have been- there but for the grace of many reasons, go a lot of us.

Nicksis a good journalist and his description of the encounter was a good piece of descriptive writing , quite powerful, but why ,in my mind write such a story of someone who had obviously lost it, was down on his luck and a looser, relative to what he had been. Was it revenge for past wrongs - seems like our Chis could have well pissed off many. Why, in turn ,was it published Gra? The piece did not seem to have a call for redemption -was more like a nail in Chris' then living coffin. Did he read it? Am I being too sensitive?

Tried to locate the article to post so others could view. This isn't really helping much except to say don't put the boot in to those however underserving who are suffering.

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udo Tuesday, 27 Sep 2022 at 10:56pm

In the crusty old back streets of the 'Gatta I walked past a tattooed man in a hat. He whistled. It was Davo. The Davo-stator. Doctor Damage. Unceremoniously retired without fanfare. No gold watch for service to the sport. No editorial from magazine hacks because he didn't have the big sponsors behind him. He looked clean and fit. Youthful. He offered a swig of a tallie of Tooheys and I accepted it graciously. Kindness begats kindness. "Hey, don't you owe me money, cunt?" he said. I did too. Davo had bestowed another act of kindness on me at Papeete airport when money trouble struck. "I'll find you Davo. I'm good for it". And I'll write that goddam Pro Surfing epitaph you deserve. If it's the last thing I do.
Freeride..please do..

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udo Wednesday, 28 Sep 2022 at 10:39am

Another Charge added -
Mr Coleman has now been charged with intentionally choking Mr Davidson without his consent. No plea has been entered to either charge.

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lostdoggy Wednesday, 28 Sep 2022 at 1:44pm

Wonder if it’s all on cctv

Sounds like it could be

The country club issued a statement saying that it was "deeply saddened by the events that took place outside our club", confirming they are working with NSW Police to provide "necessary witness statements and CCTV footage".

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udo Wednesday, 28 Sep 2022 at 1:56pm

For sure ...4 or more cameras cover the Entrance

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DudeSweetDudeSweet Wednesday, 28 Sep 2022 at 2:17pm

How do you know this ?

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stunet Wednesday, 28 Sep 2022 at 2:22pm

Udo knows all.

Thus it is written.

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udo Wednesday, 28 Sep 2022 at 2:44pm

Photos

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Ronson Tuesday, 4 Oct 2022 at 2:26pm

as opposed to the less serious charge of choking with consent

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garry-weed Wednesday, 28 Sep 2022 at 11:10am

Alcohol.

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udo Wednesday, 28 Sep 2022 at 2:55pm

Freeride mentioned Phillipines - That cheap Tanduay Rum changes Personalities
Placid to Evil real quick.

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freeride76 Wednesday, 28 Sep 2022 at 3:11pm

Seen machetes pulled, 9mm pistols.

v. high murder rate.

Heavy shit.

I'd be hesitant about using Europe as role models for non-violence.

No other continent has seen it's inhabitants slaughter each other in such industrial quantities.

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Distracted Thursday, 29 Sep 2022 at 10:51am

It’s an interesting cultural contradiction where Japan and Germany both initiated relatively recent wars and yet both are a lot safer at night than most other countries.

You often see people arguing in Germany, yet it is rare to end up in violence and it is unusual to see bouncers in pubs.

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Ronson Tuesday, 4 Oct 2022 at 2:29pm

They're more sophisticated.

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Ronson Tuesday, 4 Oct 2022 at 2:33pm

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groundswell Tuesday, 4 Oct 2022 at 5:59pm

In 2010 just before i arrived in Maluk west Sumbawa a local Mayor i think he was, was killed for hooking up with another locals lady firend.He was stabbed and killed. Not sure if its in any papers or records.

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Shaun Hanson Wednesday, 28 Sep 2022 at 3:42pm

Was talking to Davo one afternoon at a headland in his home town i had just got out of the water he was holdin a long neck and he said fuck ill just get one wave ..5 minutes later he walks past 2 fins in a thruster (cant find the rear fin ) no leggie cant find that either wonders down the rocks steps off 5 or 6 paddles with his good arm sits up turns and goes ..3 whacks to the beach and is back holdin the long neck talkin to me in under 5 minutes ...
45 yr old on a 5.10 no back fin no leggie with one arm that works ...fuck

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DudeSweetDudeSweet Wednesday, 28 Sep 2022 at 4:16pm

Here’s a Davo story that I heard :

A couple of weeks ago Davo ran into a guy and his missus at a quiet little bay near his place. He was already a bit “ cheery” despite it being 9AM on a beautiful blue sky day. Davo recounted a story of visiting his Old Man’s ashes up on a nearby hill that his Dad had loved to visit. Davo said he’d gone up a bit pissy to have a drink and a chat with the Old Man. Lo and behold, a koala had run across the track in front of him, then climbed a little tree stump and proceeded to growl at him. Davo swears it was the spirit of his Old Man and his Dad was telling him to start going a bit easier on the piss. Davo had himself and the couple at the beach in stitches as he told his tale. A couple of weeks later Davo was dead. Davo might still be alive if he’d listened to his Old Man the koala? Maybe not. Maybe that was just his destiny.

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Courtney Dalton Thursday, 29 Sep 2022 at 2:05pm

Very sad to hear this very bad news.
A tragedy for both men and their families.
I met Chris on the North Shore in 2010. He and Nathan Hedge were staying at the house where I was, It was my first trip over and Sunset was 10ft plus I had a new Brewer 7’6” and I was waxing it up to head out. Davo’ says hey mate you’ll need a bigger board today.. Did I listen?
No.. so I went over the falls about ten times and got washed in…
On his advice,Took out my 8’6” single and had one of the best surfs of my life… Yes Davo.. you were right brother, thanks for your stories and advice.. One of a kind.
Wish you were here.
Rest In Peace Champ.
Aloha .
Courtney

P.S sincere condolences Hedgy.
You lads had a wonderful and sincere mateship together. So very sorry for for your loss brother.

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simba Thursday, 29 Sep 2022 at 2:35pm

well BG comes in handy sometimes cause i had forgotten all about Kingswood Black in Doped Youth one of the great all time surf movies .......and Davo was Kingswood Black ........funny as f

great surfer gone too soon

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man could he surf .........

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nanuuhai Saturday, 1 Oct 2022 at 11:24pm

Everything I've read indicates Davidson was punched in the face and that there was a scuffle before it. Ergo it wasn't a king hit nor a 'coward punch', which means an unseen punch coming from the side or back.

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burleigh Monday, 3 Oct 2022 at 12:55pm

Reports of a one punch attack in Burleigh this weekend.
https://amp.9news.com.au/article/d6e4eff4-c9e3-4577-951b-2144dc2e52ea

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AndyM Monday, 3 Oct 2022 at 1:21pm

Interesting.

Peddler of drug notorious for being a catalyst for violence asks for greater police presence to prevent violence.

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burleigh Monday, 3 Oct 2022 at 5:00pm

Great point. Happy to profit hugely from the problem but doesn’t want any responsibility for it.
Hire more security.

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AlfredWallace Monday, 3 Oct 2022 at 6:21pm

Burleigh.Hi, hope you and your family are well. Here we go again, another life possibly ruined by ALCOHOL fuelled actions, we need a real social overhaul id say. The permanent harming or death causing actions affect more than just the victims. It destroys families directly and indirectly and can be the catalyst for even more unintentional mental health issues now and into the future.

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burleigh Monday, 3 Oct 2022 at 8:17pm

Hard to see when your inside the booze bubble however move yourself out, get sober, live your life and you see the horrible effects on alcohol.

As if booze wasn’t bad enough, the flow on effects of no exercise, bad food which leads to chronic disease.

This could be the roots of our hospital crisis we have heard so much about the last couple of years.

We will never get a government overhaul when our leaders are celebrated for skulling beers, people have to take their health into their own hands unfortunately.

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AlfredWallace Monday, 3 Oct 2022 at 9:14pm

Burleigh. Totally agree with you.

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wallpaper Tuesday, 4 Oct 2022 at 10:41am

Blah blah blah blah. Where's the evidence that any level of intoxication was involved in this Burleigh thing..but you pack of know nothing blowhards please just carry on humping each other's legs.

In the meantime out in the real world real people actually trying to do real things:

https://www.smh.com.au/sport/stolen-boards-and-oil-spills-australia-s-cl...

you'd better not look burley. it's got something about science in it.

wanker.

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AlfredWallace Tuesday, 4 Oct 2022 at 11:47am

Wallpaper. Your opinion, thats fine. Maybe you’ve wallpapered over your eyes, Police report clearly states drunk and disorderly and high levels of alcohol present.
CSIRO Australia, a few years ago, clearly stated in their periodic journal ‘Helix’ of which i subscribe , that of the 20 most used drugs in Australia, Ethyl Alcohol (Ethanol) was by far the MOST harmful to the human body (and indirectly) society. It stated that if ethanol was discovered today, it would NEVER be made legal for consumption.
You are obviously a young pisshead.
And, if you want to talk science, poke me, I’ll fry you to a chip and feed you to a seagull.
So, what grand environmental project are you working on at present ?
You didn’t put your brain in gear before speaking out.
This forum topic is about the ever increasing waste of mostly young peoples lives , cant you see that.
When was this about environmental endeavours or science. ?

Really missed the boat on this one. Got kids, probably not, otherwise you wouldn’t have commented on this sensitive topic in the manner you did. Keep well.

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burleigh Tuesday, 4 Oct 2022 at 11:58am

You coming down from a big long weekend on the beers and snorting the world worst cocaine you paid $350 a bag for?

If you don’t believe alcohol is a MASSIVE problem then maybe you are part of the problem.

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AndyM Monday, 3 Oct 2022 at 5:54pm

Bandaid solutions and no responsibility taken.
Seems like we really don’t want to address our cultural relationship with alcohol.

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Roadkill Tuesday, 4 Oct 2022 at 12:52pm

Yep, AndyM. It’s too easy to blame alcohol, so people do.

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truebluebasher Sunday, 9 Oct 2022 at 12:14am

Being of interest to NSW is the annual most Violent Incidents List.
Level 1 (Over 19 Incidents) Level 2 (Over 12 incidents)
Decides if the Venue is to operate with Plastic Cups / Shut Early / Serve more Food & serve Less Shots!
Ivy Hotel wins every year apart from one...it got 3rd...(Shh!) Ivy usually serve double shots = 36/year!
More likely a Plastic Recycling Crisis trying to keep up supply for our Oz #1 watering hole cup holders.
Premier: Better give them the Amber Sticker until China can repopulate a new slave trade for more cups.

So not a fit'n'proper raconteur to run a Casino, Milk Bar or shoddy establishment.
After 3 strikes or 10 years or 20 decades or how ever many fight clubs he has goin'...enough is enough!

Well no actually...
The Govt reward him with more licenses & open planning zone options...'now runs 70 clubs in Sydney!
Can build anything upside down & get it pre approved for double whatever by any pissed [L] Pollie.

Ivy is as said...Oz #1 Watering Hole.
2m customers/year...his Bar sells more than SCG & now outsells The Star Casino Ghost Train Club Cart.
Both Property & Owner are worth $1.5b each + wins a Cereal Pack Coupon to build a Skyscraper!
The Owner also runs [L] Fed / State Functions @ $14,000 a meet'n'greet...(One of those!)

Not sure what more tbb can say here...
Grog = Violence = Pollies = Corruption = NSW = Inquiry = Walk Free = Drown Sorrows = Top up = Fight
Govt prefer it if ya could just stick to the Drinkin' & Fightin' & keep them & their mates names outta of it.
tbb is sayin' that in order for things to change it must first pass their mate's Pub Test...not real likely?
They're not likely to upset their mate...unless it's real important...all here regard a life as important!

Normally this ends about here...
tbb's big brother is a bouncer from 70's...yes...still works busiest of Pubs on the Door'n'Disco Floor.
Knows more than enough about this & follows such sad stories as here.
Very quick to point out that he avoids fights & tells media they came to the wrong place for a fight.

Says : Kebab Shop & Taxi Rank don't supply grog but can serve up Knife fights all nite long...
Police can tell ya it's a lot more than wot the Pub deals with!

Comes as no surprise that the Town's #1 Fight Zone is never ever Mapped Out to avoid fear factor.
Kebabs / Taxis / [P] Lots / Toilet Blocks / Bus shelters / Underpass / Bridges / Steps / Park Seat / Beach?

If any can throttle this info outta Google...you'd make us all sleep easier...tbb tried & got nothing?
Very odd that life saving info in a Dark Desolate Violent City is most hidden from those in hour of need.

Can add that some Police > Visitor / Women's safety pamphlets do venture into Dark & lonely tips!
Might try to work back from which side of the road is safest for the offender then choose the opposite.

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badtime7 Sunday, 9 Oct 2022 at 12:25am

I really hope it's just a bad coincidence but I was reading an article this morning and apparently Grant Coleman's (the alleged offender) nickname is 'grub', I hope that doesn't come from being a dirty football player or something and is just tongue in cheek

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Yes saw that earlier..not good if True.

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Surfalot67 Saturday, 12 Nov 2022 at 5:03pm

Doesn’t sound good if he pled guilty

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SurferSam Saturday, 12 Nov 2022 at 8:48pm

^^^Not sure how that was kept under wraps. Absolutely terrible.

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Faunt Leroy Monday, 14 Nov 2022 at 11:30am

Really!!??
Mate so much is kept under wraps if you surf good.. to many pathetic surf sycophants.

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udo Saturday, 12 Nov 2022 at 9:22pm

The Grit has more on it.

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goofyfoot Sunday, 13 Nov 2022 at 10:18am

Pretty full on reading.

Sounded like a troubled dude

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AndyM Sunday, 13 Nov 2022 at 7:52pm

Can't say I really feel sorry for him Goofy.

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goofyfoot Sunday, 13 Nov 2022 at 8:02pm

Nah me either. I wasn’t implying that.
Sounds like a dude who thought he could do whatever he wants when he wants and everyone else can get fkd.

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AndyM Sunday, 13 Nov 2022 at 8:25pm

Exactly

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Faunt Leroy Monday, 14 Nov 2022 at 11:31am

Met him when he was young and that was exactly how he was when he was 15

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burleigh Saturday, 12 Nov 2022 at 10:00pm

Can’t help but wonder if the guy that threw the punch knew about this.

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stunet Sunday, 13 Nov 2022 at 10:42am

Proximity may help, but you don't have to come from SWR to have known about the other stories. There was a lot of silence immediately following his death - let the dead rest etc - but it was only a matter of time.

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burleigh Sunday, 13 Nov 2022 at 11:10am

True.
Wonder who led the media to this. And will it help in his upcoming trial?

We know what people think about convicted pedos. What will the jury think

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udo Sunday, 13 Nov 2022 at 2:52pm

So the Surf School that employed him .......................

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burleigh Sunday, 13 Nov 2022 at 3:45pm

Should be named and shamed.

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Surfalot67 Sunday, 13 Nov 2022 at 5:25pm

100%. Check your employees' blue cards FFS

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mikehunt207 Sunday, 13 Nov 2022 at 4:17pm

Wonder if he had the vaccine? Dying from a head punch seems a bit suss...

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Surfalot67 Sunday, 13 Nov 2022 at 5:24pm

I hope that was just a shithouse attempt at humour

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mikehunt207 Sunday, 13 Nov 2022 at 7:36pm

Too soon?

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Roadkill Sunday, 13 Nov 2022 at 4:58pm

Not such a great guy after all.

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seeds Sunday, 13 Nov 2022 at 11:23pm

I guess NH will be laying low now. I haven’t made a comment on this thread until now because everyone was so gushy but I always thought he looked like a carnt. Snarly bad vibes look all the time in photos.

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jedi old mate Monday, 14 Nov 2022 at 6:35am

Davo only just being officially ousted as a sex offender reflects the pathetic insular nature of the surf industry. The fact that if you can do a good cutback then your widely respected as a ‘legend, good bloke, Madc#nt, when in truth you don’t deserve an ounce of respect as riding a wave has absolutely no relevance to your integrity and decency as a human.

Not sure where the offending took place but one would assume in either SW rocks or North Narra it’s a pretty small surf community and many would have known about the offending or at least rumours of it. But still happy to employ your sex offender mate at your surf school because he is one of the boys and surfed good 10-20 years ago. An finally to immortalise and honour his life with a ‘Paddle out for a Pedo’

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joesydney Monday, 14 Nov 2022 at 7:16am

Jedi I think you are forgetting Davo beat Kelly at Bells! Not only that he had the cover in Tracks in 1993….

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Crab Nebula Monday, 14 Nov 2022 at 8:11pm

"Davo only just being officially ousted as a sex offender reflects the pathetic insular nature of the surf industry. The fact that if you can do a good cutback then your widely respected as a ‘legend, good bloke, Madc#nt, when in truth you don’t deserve an ounce of respect as riding a wave has absolutely no relevance to your integrity and decency as a human."

You hit the nail on the head there, mate.

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adam12 Monday, 14 Nov 2022 at 11:07am

Going to be devils advocate for a minute and say the facts described would come into the category of a sexual offence the Courts categorize in the lower level of offending. Chris did something that was very wrong and was convicted and punished for it but he seemed immediately remorseful based on the facts I have read. I never met him, so can't judge him, but he was not a violent sexual offender, or a predatory pedophile from what I have read. He's a guy that fucked up, made a big mistake, assaulted someone who was under age and appears to have paid dearly for it. He's not alone in making such a mistake. He also has a family and friends who loved him, who may read some of these comments and have their loss compounded by some of the judgements in this thread. As for him keeping his sex offence registration secret from employers, again, wrong of him, but consider the burden that puts on someone trying to get their life moving forward from such a grave mistake and it becomes understandable, not condoning it, but I can understand it. He was a great surfer with a flawed character, there are plenty of those, who did both good and bad in his life, like we all have done to varying degrees. Let the guy rest in peace and those that loved him remember the good in him without the public debate and denigration.

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burleigh Monday, 14 Nov 2022 at 12:07pm

Fuck off Adam. He’s a convicted sex offender. With his mates 15 year old daughter.

You don’t get second chances with that. Clearly you don’t have kids.

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udo Monday, 14 Nov 2022 at 12:22pm

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adam12 Monday, 14 Nov 2022 at 12:20pm

Not interested in debating this, particularly with you Burls because you never stop, I stand by what I said. You are entitled to disagree. Don't ever fuck up in life mate, no second chances apparently. He was convicted for kissing an underage girl, he's not Ivan Milat.

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wallpaper Monday, 14 Nov 2022 at 1:40pm

so Davo's kids don't matter? you fucking hypocrite sticking your nose in here you fucking blowhard and you to roadkill.

for your kids' sake, I hope they got some brains from their mother, cause the wells pretty damn dry on your side of things. But then again she did let you root her.

though maybe you spiked her drink

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burleigh Monday, 14 Nov 2022 at 2:06pm

It’s a very sensitive subject, and both families end up being the victim of his actions.

It’s a 40 something year old man creeping on a 15 year old girl. Not something anyone should ever defend.

It’s wrong on every level and everyone is effected.

If that happened in my community the perpetrator would be banished. No matter how “high profile” they were.

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wallpaper Monday, 14 Nov 2022 at 2:08pm

whoops missed a step. just to be clear that was aimed at Burleigh.

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burleigh Monday, 14 Nov 2022 at 2:24pm

We all just read how you defended a sex offender, then attacked me an my children's intelligence and finally suggested i drugged their mum to have them (calling me a sex offender also)

You're a real piece of shit.

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Roadkill Monday, 14 Nov 2022 at 12:19pm

Maybe the impact it has had on a vulnerable 15yo girl is more important, I noticed you didn’t extend any understanding in regards to her.
These events although they are what you call minor can have lifelong serious outcomes for the victims. Think about that.

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adam12 Monday, 14 Nov 2022 at 12:29pm

That is why he was punished, because of the impact his actions had on the victim and the consequences on her life, which I totally agree can be long lasting and profound, which is why the Courts dealt with him and judged him on her behalf, and on behalf of society.
That's it from me on this.

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burleigh Monday, 14 Nov 2022 at 12:50pm

As I said, clearly you don’t have kids. No second chances with a 40 something year old creeping on his mates 15 year old daughter while he went out.

Davo clearly had intent by staying home with her.

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jedi old mate Monday, 14 Nov 2022 at 4:06pm

Not sure how violating your good behaviour bond twice shows remorse?
On an Aint that swell podcast recently they spoke of Chris being previously charged with accidentally glassing a woman (aiming for her partner)
A registered sex offender who also previously glassed a women.

But hey as you mentioned he was a “great surfer” so let’s exonerate him from all judgements…

I do find reasoning in your point about the ethical dilemma of casting judgement on a dead person but a sex offender is inexcusable to me even if it is on the lower end of the scale as you mentioned. He still behaved in a predatory manner to a minor and violated the sanctuary of this child’s home and even followed her to her bedroom further cornering her in her once safe place and making her have to flee her own home.
Yes it could of been worse but a terrifying experience for her to have to go through and a traumatic experience she will live with forever. To make matters worse it was a friends daughter…
If the surf industry boys club didn’t cover this up for so long then we could of had this discussion before Davidson passed.

Everyone will remember him differently but when I think of Chris Davidson I will remember him purely for being a sex offender, a boy who never grew up and was never held accountable for his actions and that’s it. Don’t give a damn he could surf well once.

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Craig Monday, 14 Nov 2022 at 4:30pm

I know the woman that was glassed, big ugly scar on her shoulder for life now. She's got a different story, wasn't an accident, was aimed at her.

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andy-mac Monday, 14 Nov 2022 at 5:24pm

Fark heavy. Great surfer, shit human by looks of it.
Is there any other sport where sportspeople are so protected by their own media??

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Dx3 Monday, 14 Nov 2022 at 5:34pm

The AFL gives it a good crack at times... Wayne Carey rooted his vice-captain and best mates wife, glassed his missus, had many a bender and got arrested in the states, but still had a prime time media gig.

That is until he recently got busted with some blow...sorry correction, crushed up anti-inflams in a little plastic bag, at the casino in Perth. Has lost his media gigs now.

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Joshy2000 Monday, 14 Nov 2022 at 5:59pm

Yep lots of cover ups in AFL, a lot of which are hidden behind the “mental health” card.

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dawnperiscope Tuesday, 15 Nov 2022 at 4:51pm

Not so much a cover up but Jerry Lee Lewis just passed away with much commemoration despite it being well known he was a letch. I was amazed at how his past was glossed over. Sad state of affairs.

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Joshy2000 Tuesday, 15 Nov 2022 at 5:03pm

Married his 13 year old 1st cousin

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jedi old mate Monday, 14 Nov 2022 at 5:40pm

Appreciate you sharing and clarifying the details as on Aint That Swell it was insinuated that it was 'accidental'
Obviously I am just a keyboard warrior observing and being critical from the peripheral and friends are actually mourning his passing.
But I am just shocked by the way he has been protected and remembered by high ranking people in our culture when they damn well knew all about his behavior.

One pro and close friend remembers him as:
"the most kind-hearted, charismatic, incredible person”
"Was such an asset to the surfing community"
"Just such a beautiful person"
I'm sure many of the victims he has traumatized and hurt have a different view.

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Supafreak Monday, 14 Nov 2022 at 11:15am

What type of bloke try’s to seduce a mates daughter ? I would have flogged him within an inch of his life had it been my daughter. He clearly had no respect for either of them .

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truebluebasher Monday, 14 Nov 2022 at 11:26am

Yes! Also thought to defend innocence, mostly in respect to families...

From Footy > Swimming > Nippers > even the local townhouse pool (None are aware or immune!)
Everyone's mate, now convicted pedo frequented our pool with victim & no one suspected a thing.
The discovery was online...we all felt defenseless & ashamed as bad parents...we were all victims.

Media do what they do best...we all know how that plays out & where that ends.
If any need a reminder...

Step 1 Surf Council Ceremony of highest order for golden breed salt of the earth Immortal.
https://www.lavozdegalicia.es/default/2022/09/26/00121664206232547837160...
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-10-30/memorial-paddle-out/101595140

Step 2 Lustre wears off as evil eye sets in...
https://i.dailymail.co.uk/1s/2022/11/12/00/64464227-11418877-Chris_David...

Step 3 Crazy wild misfit desecrated our playground in paradise.
https://content.api.news/v3/images/bin/b8fb4b7398942be18692de2e6612d451

( breaking news )
Council transform sex offender's sexist shrine into a public utility...Local's queue to pay respects.
https://www.portnews.com.au/images/transform/v1/crop/frm/173301740/c7fd6...

Council deploy emergency crews to vacuum the beach & reverse osmosis the local surf break.

Commeth the hour of politicization to save face...( We also know how that works...)
In the wash up...
News : Seachange Councils are growing nervous about ABC Pedo Paddle Out beach promos!

Q: Does this spell the end for Local Surfer's culture of beach shrines & Paddleouts?
Crew already know wot our Goldie Mayor would mandate if that were here...good luck with that!

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kaiser Monday, 14 Nov 2022 at 9:05pm

Burleigh, there’s a convicted rapist who’s fam of a high profile burleigh boardrider. Your community. And definitely not lower level of offending. You’ve come to the defence of these characters before. How far does the tar fly?

To be clear, I’m not defending CD. He always looked like the embodiment of what I detest in pro surfers.

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burleigh Monday, 14 Nov 2022 at 9:45pm

The community is well aware Kaiser. Trust me.

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udo Monday, 14 Nov 2022 at 10:18pm

Just read that Case- Filthy Maggot !

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burleigh Tuesday, 15 Nov 2022 at 8:48am

Yep

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soggydog Tuesday, 15 Nov 2022 at 9:12am

https://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/i-catch-killers-with-gary-jubelin/...

Just in case anyone is fence sitting on the seriousness of the behaviour described above. The Above is an interview with a police officer who dealt with this sort of behaviour and worse.

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icandig Tuesday, 15 Nov 2022 at 10:15am

Just a little social commentary here - not aimed at anyone in particular. I sat back and watched the pile on and outrage levelled at CD. Fair enough. He's guilty as charged and deserves whatever the court deems appropriate. Seems like there's a completely different reaction when it's a drunk socialite molesting a 14 year old boy. Carry on.

https://www.swellnet.com/comment/842355

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Roadkill Tuesday, 15 Nov 2022 at 7:13pm

This was a great read…SN is full of double standards and hypocrisy.

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burleigh Tuesday, 15 Nov 2022 at 7:33pm

Yes, that’s rough.

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icandig Tuesday, 15 Nov 2022 at 7:40pm

FAAARK.... I've just come back from eating my dinner and returned to an alternate universe.