A verdict has been reached in the trial of the paddleboarder who fractured a surfer’s skull with his paddle in San Diego. On Thursday, a jury found Paul Konen guilty of assault with a deadly weapon causing bodily injury. He faces up to seven years in prison.
On June 26, 2018, 34-year-old Konen hit a 56-year-old surfer named Kevin Eslinger over the head with his paddle after a dispute in the water at San Diego’s Sunset Cliffs. Eslinger told the court that Konen, who was on a paddleboard, was acting dangerously in the minutes leading up to the assault.