Crowds suck. They suck almost everywhere on earth, but they suck the most in the lineup. And you know where some of the most crowded lineups on earth are? The Gold Coast of Australia. What can make crowds even worse than they already are, you ask? Jet Skis, that’s what. And I don’t mean the people doing step offs at giant Puerto or towing into 40-foot Jaws–I mean the people doing step offs at 6-foot Currumbin, just a few feet away from everyday surfers like Sam Yoon, a surfer from Tugun, Queensland. Although there are rules in place regarding PWCs, Yoon thinks that someone’s going to die before they’re properly enforced.
“Someone’s life is not worth a six-foot wave,” he recently told the Gold Coast Bulletin. “Even a kook (an inexperienced surfer) has the same rights out there as guys like (eleven-time world champion) Kelly Slater.”