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Rhonda Harper of Black Girls Surf approached Wagner Lima, who came under fire several weeks ago for an aggressive leash pull incident in Venice, to officially bury the hatchet. Photo: Harper/Instagram

Rhonda Harper of Black Girls Surf approached Wagner Lima, who came under fire several weeks ago for an aggressive leash pull incident in Venice, to officially bury the hatchet. Photo: Harper/Instagram


The Inertia

You may or may not recall a certain leash pull incident in Venice that took the internet by storm several weeks ago? Not to rehash, but essentially two women surfers entered the water at the Venice Pier for a shoot with NBC – Khadjou Sambe, a Senegalese Olympic hopeful, and Danielle Lyons, president of San Diego Surf Ladies. Rhonda Harper, owner of Black Girls Surf had facilitated NBC’s profile on Khadjou and watched the action from the pier.

At some point during the session, local surf school owner Wagner Lima paddled for a wave Lyons was already riding and yanked her leash.

News of the event broke along with photo and video evidence and Lima’s Yelp business page was inundated with a deluge of negative comments, most of which Yelp has removed because they violate its policy.

In the wake of the incident, Harper reportedly filed a police report. Lima was also, apparently, stripped of his license to operate his surf school, Brazilian Surf Club.

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Yesterday, though, it seems both parties made amends – sort of.

“In my quest to be a better me in 2019, I reached out to Mr. Leash pull,” wrote Harper in an Instagram post. “The intention was to speak to him immediately but he was busy enjoying his herbs so I walked the boardwalk. I came back and my rental car had been vandalized, so I went directly to him.

“He explained his side of the incident, which I stopped him dead in his tracks and reminded him that his actions caused this chain reaction. I told him about the threats I’d been receiving from his friends. He told me about all of his woes. I reached out again and reminded him that his actions caused this. We talked for a while, I suggested we do an anti-bullying beach day. He declined. He said, ‘All I can remember every day is when you said “You’re going to hear from me again.” And my life has been devastated.’ He said if he had to do it again he wouldn’t have done it.

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“In the end, he said the Harbor Commission pulled his license and he’ll go today to try and get it back. We filmed it even though he asked us not to. Said our first goodbyes and that was it…until he went and spoke with his friend. He apparently told him to get his butt back over there and continue to apologize profusely and get a picture together. We exchanged numbers and he left. Then he came again to thank me for coming to speak with him. He texted later again thanking me for coming down.”

So, there you have it. A somewhat amicable conclusion to the saga.

 

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#wagnerlima update: In my quest to be a better me in 2019, I reached out to Mr. Leash pull. The intention was to speak to him immediately but he was busy enjoying his herbs so I walked the boardwalk. I came back and my rental car had been vandalized😒so I went directly to him. He explained his side of the incident, which I stopped him dead in his tracks and reminded him that his actions caused this chain reaction. I told him about the threats I’d been receiving from his friends. He told me about all of his woes. I reached out again and reminded him that his actions caused this. We talked for awhile, I suggested we do an anti-bullying beach day. He declined. He said, “all I can remember everyday is when you said -you’re going to hear from me again. And my life has been devastated.”🤷🏽‍♀️He said if he had to do it again he wouldn’t done it. In the end he said the Harbor Commission pulled his license and he’ll go today to try and get it back. We filmed it even though he asked us not to. Said our first goodbyes and that was it…until he went and spoke with his friend. He apparently told him to get his butt back over there and continue to apologize profusely and get a picture together.🤣😂🤣 We exchanged numbers and he left. Then he came again to thank me for coming to speak with him. He texted later again thanking me for coming down. Someone had to address this situation, so I did because I’m grown. Look at his face. 💅🏾😏 #localism #blackgirlssurf #blacksurfergirl #surf #venice #beach #imgrown

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