"How do you look your wife in the eye if you've knocked a kid out just because you didn't want to wear a legrope?"
You don’t have to trawl too far into the BeachGrit archives to examine the ongoing debate about leashless longboarders in Byron Bay.
A couple of months back, an aged care worker and mother of a disabled kid was crippled after she got belted by an out-of-control surf pilot who then criticised her for damaging his board with her bone and tissue.
And this, from a little further back.
Now, following the near-death of former professional surfer Matthew Cassidy on the pretty white sand of Wategos Beach after he was belted by a leashless log, there have been renewed calls for hipsters to allow legropes into their retro fantasies.
“The Pass is full of kids, and I think there have been four incidents outside of mine in the last month or so,” Cassidy told ABC. “How do you look your wife in the eye if you’ve knocked a kid out just because you didn’t want to wear a legrope?”
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In a poignant message posted to Instagram Cassidy, who is forty-nine, writes,
Two days ago I nearly bled out on the beach and nearly lost my arm when someone dropped in on me out 2ft Watego’s without a legrope.
After an hour on the beach being held together by some absolutely legendary humans I was rushed via ambulance then helicopter to GC where I’m currently awaiting specialist advice.
I want to thank the following
* the people on the beach who followed my instructions on how to fashion a tourniquet and called 000 to get more expert advice. Without you I would have bled out in 5 mins. You somehow kept tourniquets in place for an hour. You saved my life.
* To the people who kept me conscious and focused, thank you. You saved my life.
* To the first responders, the emergency teams, the doctors, the nurses and the specialists, Thank you, you saved my life.
* To my friends who have gone above and beyond for me and my wife, Thank you. You are my life.
And, want a little twist of the ironic?
A legrope used as a tourniquet saved Cassidy’s life.