Surfer agro hotting up on overcrowded waves

OVERCROWDED line-ups have long been a hot topic of discussion in surfing circles.

Lately, southern Gold Coast point breaks from Snapper to Kirra have become increasingly over populated.

Long-time Snapper Rocks surfer Kristin Bower is one of the many disillusioned with the crowds, in particular the dangerous antics shown on a regular basis.

"If someone is seriously hurt by someone else's stupidity, how long is it before it ends up in the court rooms? How will it play out in front of a magistrate?," Mr Bower said.

It seems the main issue comes at the take-off spot at Snapper Rocks where several dozen surfers are squeezing into a small space of around 20 metres.

It then becomes a frantic scramble to see who can get to the inside position on the wave, after this the surfer with priority has to negotiate other surfers and the rocks as he rides down the wave.

If someone is seriously hurt by someone else's stupidity, how long is it before it ends up in the court rooms?

Collisions are a daily occurrence with ambulance attendance not uncommon, gashes to the head and body are the most common type of injury.

So how long will it be until we see these incidents taken to the courtroom and what will be the outcome?

If the carnage continues it may only be a matter of time, according to Mr Bower.

At the time of writing this article, Mr Bower contacted My Daily News to inform us he had just had his new board run over by a careless surfer at Snapper Rocks.

"This is not the first encounter I have had where the masses have been out in full flight fighting for their little piece of water and it's no surprise to anyone that Snapper rocks or Duranbah can play host to hundreds on a good day, but when is enough too many," Mr Bower Said.

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