sick but really not surprising.
http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/q...-1226821698140A MAN faces losing an eye after a surfboard was deliberately speared into his face in a horrific surf rage attack on the Gold Coast.
The victim, Mark Morlock, said it was the ‘most brutal and cowardly thing I’ve seen’ and ‘pure evil’.
Doctors will tomorrow determine if his right eye can be saved.
Mr Morlock, 41, a professional abalone diver and ship’s captain, was surfing popular Gold Coast break Snapper Rocks on Tuesday when the incident happened.
He said a fellow surfer who he unwittingly cut off on a wave at the same break about five months ago confronted him.
“I heard a voice behind me go ‘hey you’ and I’ve turned around and he goes ‘you remember me?’,” Mr Morlock said.
“I said ‘yeah I remember you, what do you want?’. Then he let his board go from between his legs, straight into my face. He said ‘you’re not laughing now, are you mate?’
“Within six seconds of him announcing his presence, he’d done this horrible trick that only a surfer knows but one I thought would never happen to me. It was the most brutal, cowardly thing I’ve ever seen.”
In agony and shock and unable to see, Mr Morlock made it to shore where he was given first-aid by a lifeguard.
Even as he was waiting to be taken to hospital, his attacker wanted to fight him.
“He was hiding in some bushes and came bolting down the stairs wanting to carry it on, with my eye almost hanging out of my head,” he said.
“I said ‘are you out of your mind? I can’t even see you to fight you’,” Mr Morlock said.
He was taken to Tweed Heads Hospital and later transferred to Gold Coast University Hospital where he underwent about 12 hours of microsurgery in a bid to save his eye.
“The doctors told me that if he wasn’t riding a snub-nosed board, it could have been fatal,” he said.
Mr Morlock will find out tomorrow if he loses his sight in the damaged eye.
“It may cost me my livelihood,” he said.
He has not spoken to police but a horrified witness is believed to have reported the incident.
“It’s one of the heaviest things I’ve seen,” one witness told the Sunday Mail.
Snapper Rocks, home of the Quiksilver Pro world surfing championship contest, is one of the world’s most crowded surf breaks and surf rage is rife.
But clashes between surfers usually involve heated exchanges or fisticuffs, with surfboards rarely used as weapons.
“What kind of person carries a grudge like that for five months and then does something as horrible as this to another human being?” Mr Morlock said.
“It’s pure evil.”
Surfers said the attacker was a notorious troublemaker and needed to be stopped before someone was killed.
“The guy’s an aggro serial offender,” one local said.
“There are women and kids who surf out there who don’t need to be exposed to this sort of danger.”
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Thread: surf rage
Feb 20, 2014, 01:14 PM #1
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I wouldn't report it to the police either. I'd wait a year, stalk that bastard, kill him in an excruciating fashion and dump his body where he'd never be found. Absolutely no need to ever do that. If it ever gets like that where I surf, I'll just move on. Thanks for sharing, but I am seriously disturbed now.
Feb 20, 2014, 01:58 PM #3Senior Member
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Sounds right to me. Don't step in the ring if you don't want to lose any eye. Dude was probably a total kook and got what was coming to him.
Feb 20, 2014, 03:49 PM #4Senior Member
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Now he can be a pirate.
This thread should get good
Feb 20, 2014, 03:02 PM #6Senior Member
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Dude, wicked remark. I am surprised this does not happen more often. Heck, I am sure a lot of us have contemplated it at some point. Perhaps that dude did something very kooky. There is a solution people...BUILD BELMARS
There will finally be more worthy breaks than people trying to surf them.
Arrrrrrrrrrrrrrrre ye kidding me with those comments?
Feb 20, 2014, 05:32 PM #8Senior Member
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I'm being very philosophical today because I just found out an old surf bud just passed. He was the angry local who kept the lineup free of strangers for a decade in deeds, and another decade from reputation long after he stopped surfing. He would confront jetskiiers and helped keep the lineup free of them for awhile. My friend, who grew up surfing and partying with us, upon learning of his passing, said and I quote "The world is a better place without him". Cold. But something to ponder.
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Feb 20, 2014, 03:23 PM #9
I typically try to stay out these discussion when it takes this type of direction...but I really can't help myself on this one...
Pretty shameful that most of you are trolling this type of post. Regardless if he is kook or not...situations like this are predicated upon some form of entitlement. Guy essentially held a 5 month grudge and waited for a moment when the victim was not prepared to respond to him. Put this situation in the land...and I think most of you would qualify his act as a form of cowardice. Further, if the victim was you, your kid, friend...I think you'd be pretty pissed off rather than making a joke about someone's suffering. Sad and disappointing that you would respond with mockery rather than focus on the bigger issues at play...
What's the bigger issue at play? That there are people who feel entitled to a spot or that there are people who assault other people over pride, these things aren't new. The guy who held the grudge is a coward for waiting and for using his board. He will get his I'm sure. However, I have no sympathy for people who break one set of rules and then expect another set to protect them. Surfing is dangerous, strangers are dangerous(stranger danger), and every time you engage in dangerous activities with potentially dangerous people you should be prepared for...wait for it...
Danger. Shame on the victim for not being ready and protecting himself at all times especially when he partakes in dropping in on people. The blood from his wound could've drawn sharks and created a potential nightmare for someone else, now that would have been tragic. I have already wasted too much time on someone else's problems, his lack of self defense and your emotional struggle so I will leave you with this..
If I ever seen someone do that in person I would drag them to the beach and beat them, even if they missed. And One Eyed Mark will be fine, he's already a sea captain which transfers over to piracy quite well.