Lovely Australian surfer Harry Bryant explains his good-natured choke of Waco pool security guard.
Two days ago, at the conclusion of the very good Stab High aerial event, a clip surfaced of a security guard being hosited away from Chippa Wilson by Harry Bryant who was subsequently taken away by a third choker.
“This is fucking bullshit,” Chippa says to the security guard.
“We’re here for the love,” says Jay Davies, at which point Harry carts off the surprised security guard.
Harry Bryant, if you didn’t know, is a twenty-one-year-old Australian with a bushy hairdo and albino moustache that twinkle like glitter on a burlesque dancer’s corset. Haz was in New Jersey showing a rough cut of his film Orb when BeachGrit called to discuss the event.
“All I remember was seeing Chip getting head-locked by that security guard. He (Chippa) was sitting down talking to someone, there was some debacle, and then Chippa was in a headlock. My instant reaction was to put him in one and then, before I knew it, I was in one. It was a trilogy of headlocks. No one was hot-headed or wanted to fight. It was all in good spirits. It was hilarious. I think a lot of the American folks were shocked at the Australian way of life. We were all having so much fun, everyone was one the beers all day, and the Americans were a bit eye-opened by that. Me and Jay and all those boys were having a slap contest, slapping each other in the face, stuff that you do when you’re an Australian. You’re not fighting your mates. It was blown out of proportion. People thought I was going to jail. I had a smile on my face the whole time.”
“Straightaway me and Chippa went and sat him down, apologised and told him we were just having a good time and that we didn’t mean any harm. He said, ‘Yeah, no worries.’ and it was all sweet again.”
I mention that it was more a feisty embrace than, say, a front naked choke
“I didn’t think my arms were big enough to get around a rig like that,” says Haz. “When a bunch of Australians are on the cans all day, something like that is going to happen. No one’s aggressive. No one wants a biff.”
Harry says that America can be a troublesome place for an Australian.
“You can get into a lot more trouble for little things. Even just walking down the street in the evenings and needing to do a piss, you have to go to a public toilet. But there’s no public toilets ’cause all the bums sleep in them. Even drinking a beer in the passenger seat in a car you can get in trouble for. In Australia it’s a way of life. People coming home from work will stop at the bottle-o and buy a long neck for the drive home. It’s so natural in Australia. Of course, you have to respect the rules in other countries but when you’re not aware of the rules, you can run into a lot of trouble.”