Former world surfing champion Mark Occilupo has pooh-poohed early-morning police patrols of beaches including Duranbah and Snapper Rocks where ‘surf rage’ incidents have been reported recently.
Fights over who is entitled to the best waves are not new but police say an increasing number of incidents have been reported lately.
While admitting that he might see ‘a couple a week’ Occilupo told local media, ‘I don’t think it’s necessary. I mean night-time in Surfers when everyone’s coming out of the clubs drunk, then for sure you need police.’
But he believes on the beach the surfers ‘can work it out themselves’.