Paddle Battle Turns to Fists in Teahupo'o

Posted: Aug 12,2013 Written by  BNQT

August 11, 2013 - Hawaiian surfer Jamie O’Brien has apologized to Brazilian surfer Ricardo dos Santos following an incident at the wild card trials for the Billabong Pro Teahupo’o where O’Brien punched Santos in the face during a heat.

"There are two sides to every issue: one side is right and the other is wrong, today I am wrong sorry" @whoisjob, wrote O’Brien on his Instagram account, and placed above the comment a photo of himself shaking hands with Santos.

ricardo dos santos showing fat lip
Santos posted a photo of his fat lip.

In a message that Santos wrote online he explained the incident.  “I was making the heat and he was in third needing a 3,” wrote Santos.  “With 30 seconds remaining we had a paddle battle and I won, so he took off in front of me and as soon as I was doing a bottom turn, he punched me in the face.  Basically that was it.”

The ASP, which is the governing organization of the Billabong Pro Teahupo’o, has yet to comment on the incident.  It’s unknown if O’Brien will face any consequences for his actions or if the apology will suffice.  Video and photos of the incident are currently not available and it isn’t known if there is any footage of the contest.

surfers ricardo dos santos and jamie obrien shaking hands
The apology on O'Brien's Instagram page.