Dropping in on another surfer's wave is the laid-back sport's
So when a Brazilian gatecrashed Kiwi Tim Thompson's rider on
three straight barrels, he decided to do something about it.
In a video that has gone viral, Mr Thompson is seen rugby
tackling the contemptuous Brazilian and wiping him out.
"Let's just say my exit off the wave was either poorly timed
or perfectly executed, depending on how you look at the
situation," Mr Thompson wrote on gosurf.co.nz, which first
posted the video. The incident happened during a trip to the
Mentawai Islands off Sumatra last month.
And the video has earned Mr Thompson widespread praise in the
Mr Thompson told Wide World of Sports told how the incident
came to a head.
"I don't want to encourage this at all, I am a very mellow
guy in the surf and this is not at all how I normally would
act," he said in an email.
"However, due to the circumstances and my mood at the time it
did seem like a fitting act."
- by Kurt Bayer