On June 26, 2018, a 56-year-old surfer named Kevin Eslinger was allegedly hit over the head with a paddle by 34-year-old Paul Taylor Konen, who was surfing a stand-up paddleboard. Konen has been charged with assault with a deadly weapon.
The incident happened at Sunset Cliffs, a popular break in San Diego. According to Fox 5, Eslinger is suffering from the lasting effects of the impact. “The prosecution contends that after Konen nearly ran into Eslinger out on the water — forcing Eslinger to duck his head in order to avoid being struck by Konen’s paddleboard — Eslinger objected to Konen’s flouting of proper surfing etiquette,” Fox reported. “Konen remarked, ‘If I can catch a wave, it’s mine,’ the victim alleged.”