Man told, “There aren’t any waves for you…”
A Brazilian retiree, devotee of the art of stand-up paddleboarding, and wearing a camera affixed to his brim of his surf hat, has told of the horror of being targeted by cruel surfers during a recent surf at Moffat Beach on Australia’s Sunshine Coast.
In a chilling recording captured by his POV camera, Jose Coelho is told by surfers – longboarders admittedly so hard to take a side here – to “fuck off” and “there aren’t any waves here for you”.
Coelho replies, ‘You’re bullying and abusing me.”
One of the surfers says, “Yeah, that’s right.”
Partner Kath McConnell was stand-up paddle boarding in the deeper, calmer water and witnessed the encounter.
She said it was “heartbreaking” that Mr Coelho was too scared to return to the surf.
“It’s such a shame because that’s his passion,” she said.
Caloundra Police officer-in-charge Senior Sergeant John Mahoney said occasionally police received reports of physical and verbal altercations between surfers.
Mr Coelho’s incident was reported to police, but Sen Sgt Mahoney said there was insufficient evidence to take the matter further.
Sen-Sgt Mahoney likened it to road rage, and said it only increased when there were more surfers on the water. He said it rarely resulted in charges being laid.
“Obviously there’s surfing etiquette and certain people feel aggrieved if that etiquette isn’t followed,” he said.
Of course, no news story is complete without use of that most magical of all words, just six-letters long, that sets nations on fire and drives entire peoples nuts with collective guilt.
Mr Coelho, the paper reported, said he believed he was targeted because he was on a stand-up board and because of his accent.
What else could it be?
No reports of Moffat Beach businesses being looted…yet.