"YOU DON'T OWN SURFING!"
“Surf rage” etc. etc. has become quite the topic in these the triggered years of our lives and, thanks to social media, surf ragers are vociferously named and shamed.
Take a recent incident in Malibu where well-known local Andy Lyon and a young single-finner became entangled.
In a video posted to Instagram, Lyon took out a bit of anger on the offending board which led, directly, to the end of his professional life.
The Instagram account, it must be noted, was created directly for publicly lynching Lyon with a handle @andylyonsisakook.
View this post on Instagram
The caption reading:
This is Andrew (Andy) Hollis Lyon (59) of Malibu, stealing and destroying a young persons surfboard, simply because they took off on a wave that Andy had decided was his.
This is a “man” who has run for @cityofmalibu Council, intimidating a young person and aggressively damaging their property in full view of the public.
After hearing from locals who are familiar with Andy, it is apparent that this is not an isolated incident. Andy has a reputation for behaving aggressively while surfing, and seems to be under the impression that because he is an OLD local, he has the right to behave this way.
We believe that Andy should be held accountable for his actions, and feel that this needs to be brought to the attention of the wider community, as well as the surfing community as a whole, to show that this sort of behavior is not acceptable.
Andy is a Malibu resident, and has worked in the Real Estate industry, most recently for @theagencymalibu (@theagencyre).
We are asking you to please share this video around, so that anyone associating with Andy is made aware of his violent behavior, and to also bring attention to a side of surfing that is present, but not welcome, in the community.
Lyon’s employer, a boutique real estate agency in Malibu, tagged in the post, instantly and publicly fired the man though the mob is still demanding more publishing his address, phone numbers, email address and penning,
“The internet doesn’t care who you think you are. You don’t get to behave like a criminal because of some self appointed hierarchy that only exists within your own group of old junkies. YOU DON’T OWN SURFING!”
Do you trust the internet to mete proper justice?
Would you prefer it to rule over your trial?
Down with the mob?
Moreover, have you ever surf raged but only lucky enough not to be caught on camera?
Share your story and get fired old school!