Ah, maybe you will…
Jetskis in the surf. Oh they’re incomparable, even when the surf is four foot and below. No paddling. No dealing with messy takeoffs. No wave too steep. No crowd too thick to penetrate. In and Out. A happy cocoon where reality rarely penetrates.
Sometimes it does go awry. But what are you going to do? Once that little jet slips out of the water your machine is at the mercy of hydrodynamics.
Two days ago, the photographer Luke Workman, who is only sixteen, snatched this sequence of a jetski team pushing the limits (and commented upon by local shredder Brett Levingston on Instagram below).
These two fuckwits almost killed about 5 people today with their ski out the alley , I finally confronted them and said you are dangerous and the fat fucker abused me and told me he has been doing it out my home break for longer than me! If the guy who abused me reads this feel free to contact me , would love to meet ya again mate face to face ! @photos_13_ thanks for capturing these genesis
It’s a fine sequence. A flourish. A treasure.
As the photographer Luke Workman told the Gold Coast Bulletin this morning,
Everyone was just amazed and in shock after they fell, he got sucked backwards into the wave while his mate was in the barrel,” the Currumbin local said.
“They were on one of the smaller waves that came through as well.”
He said the pair managed to get back to their ski and continued surfing among boardriders using paddle power to battle the relentless northerly current, which speeds up in big swell on the Gold Coast.
Is there a happy ending?
After a legion of comments on Brett Levingston’s IG saying things like “fucking kooks” and “what a fucking hazard” and “lucky no one died” and so forth, a man purporting to be the ski rider writes,
Hey mate I actually was going to find you and apologise for get angry at you. Was no need for this but. You don’t know me. Bit harsh in your comments but that’s your opinion.
To which, Levingston replies,
hey mate appreciate the apology , you were doing the wrong thing multiple times and had close calls with more than a few of my friends. I was only concerned for everyone’s safety and the potential for the fun to be ruined for everyone. Hope you get some waves, stay safe
Isn’t surfing one long happy journey!