Surfing Collision Leads to Court

Sunday, 24 January 2010
Surfing Etiquette SignTwo Surfers, in Nova Scotia collided on a wave last year and ended up in small claims court. Donald Crowe and Jeffrey Adams ran into each other but things got nasty when Adams decided that he shouldn’t have to pay for Crowe’s damaged board.

Rather than fighting it out like good old boys do; Crowe decided to sue for the cost of a replacement board claiming that he had the right-of-way on the wave and Adams should have backed off.

After explaining the (sometimes complex) rules of surfing etiquette in court, the judge ruled in favour of Donald Crowe and told Jeffrey Adams to pay $750+89.68 in court costs.

Let that be a lesson to make sure you know what you are getting into before jumping in the water. Here is a quick lesson on the rules of the road when it comes to wave ownership. It makes good sense and things are a whole lot safer when everybody follows the rules.

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Thanks to Michael and JF for the tip.
Photo Credit:

David Johnston

David Johnston

David Johnston has been introducing people to the sport of sea kayaking for the past 15 years. He is a senior instructor trainer with Paddle Canada and teaches for several paddling schools in Ontario, Canada. Full Bio.

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