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https://stabmag.com/news/shots-fired-costa-rican-pro-arrested-for-surfing-kelly-slater-comes-to-his-defense The 2015 ISA World Champion, Noe Mar McGonagle, gets a royal escort. Shots Fired: Costa Rican Pro Arrested For Surfing, Kelly Slater Inadvertently Comes To His Defense Also, a cop fired his weapon (twice) to thwart an escaping surfer. It's all happening! Earlier today, we reported on the Costa Rican law enforcement officer who flashed his firearm at disobedient surfers, which led to three arrests. While those surfers - who were taken into custody two days ago - remain unknown, we've had a development from this morning. Two, actually. The first involves the arrest of Costa Rican professional surfer Noe Mar McGonagle, who back in 2015 was the ISA World Champion. This morning, Noe broke Costa Rican law by surfing at the same beach where the other surfers were arrested two days prior. He was promptly arrested by a large group of officers in Playa Hermosa and carted off in a police pick-up. According to Costa Rica's pandemic-specific laws, Noe could face up to 1-3 years in jail for this offense. However, it's been reported that instead of facing jail time, Noe will have to pay a $200 fine and make a video apologizing for his actions. Inadvertently coming to Noe's defense is the greatest surfer of all time, Kelly Slater, who posted the below comment on a post totally unrelated to the Costa Rica situation: Kelly makes some great points about how arresting officers grabbing surfers could exacerbate the spread of covid-19 (certainly more so than the physical act of surfing). And, also to his point, it makes no sense for the ocean to be closed before retail spaces. But on the point that people should be allowed to surf throughout this crisis (especially if they keep their distance), Kelly is wrong. And to be clear, I felt the same way as Kelly until it was explained to me by a very smart friend how surfing contributes directly to the spread of the disease. Here's the rational explanation you're looking for, Slates: If people are allowed to surf (even at a safe distance from one another), it will lead to a mass migration of surfers from all surrounding areas to the beach. This is especially true since everyone is out of work and wants something to keep their minds and bodies occupied. Also, we're coming into a holiday week/end around the world, which will only add to the chaos. Now, even if we were to assume that not a single person around the world could or would contract covid-19 while in the water (which is a very weak assumption), what about all the hotels, gas stations, coffee shops, public bathrooms, and other disease-incubating amenities that will inevitably be flooded by these migratory surfers? If you could somehow enforce a law that only people who lived within walking distance of the beach were allowed to surf, it would probably be fine for them to do so. But of course that's not logistically feasible, so closing all beaches (and their adjacent waves) is the only logical step our government can take if they're serious about stopping the spread. Also, on the point of why arresting officers have to "physically grab" non-abiders, I'll bring it back to Playa Hermosa once more. Sometime after Noe Mar was arrested this morning, this happened: If you couldn't wrap your head around that clip, what you're seeing is an unnamed surfer being questioned and presumably arrested by Playa Hermosa police for breaking Costa Rica's no-beachgoing law. Then he darts. Then, gunfire. It's been reported by local sources that the shots were not directed at the surfer but rather used to petrify him mid-run, which clearly did not work. This video both proves and disproves Kelly's point on the police's "lame power trip". On one had, their decision not to physcially detain the man in question gave him the opportunity to dart. On the other hand, their unleashing of bullets is a complete abuse of power and also great Instagram fodder. However you feel about the situation, it's worth stating that the runner, who may or may not be Salmon Boy (AKA Simon Rex) filming for his part in the upcoming Snapt4, was eventually caught and detained. He was released after paying a $200 fine and will be forced to make an apology rap for the emotional damage he's caused. POSTED 2 HOURS AGO BY: MICHAEL CIARAMELA

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 03/29/2020 07:02 AM
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 03/29/2020 07:03 AM
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Linkage: https://stabmag.com/news/shots...r-comes-to-his-defense

The 2015 ISA World Champion, Noe Mar McGonagle, gets a royal escort.

Shots Fired: Costa Rican Pro Arrested For Surfing, Kelly Slater Inadvertently Comes To His Defense

Also, a cop fired his weapon (twice) to thwart an escaping surfer. It's all happening!

Earlier today, we reported on the Costa Rican law enforcement officer who flashed his firearm at disobedient surfers, which led to three arrests. While those surfers - who were taken into custody two days ago - remain unknown, we've had a development from this morning. Two, actually.

The first involves the arrest of Costa Rican professional surfer Noe Mar McGonagle, who back in 2015 was the ISA World Champion. This morning, Noe broke Costa Rican law by surfing at the same beach where the other surfers were arrested two days prior. He was promptly arrested by a large group of officers in Playa Hermosa and carted off in a police pick-up.

According to Costa Rica's pandemic-specific laws, Noe could face up to 1-3 years in jail for this offense. However, it's been reported that instead of facing jail time, Noe will have to pay a $200 fine and make a video apologizing for his actions. Inadvertently coming to Noe's defense is the greatest surfer of all time, Kelly Slater, who posted the below comment on a post totally unrelated to the Costa Rica situation: Kelly makes some great points about how arresting officers grabbing surfers could exacerbate the spread of covid-19 (certainly more so than the physical act of surfing). And, also to his point, it makes no sense for the ocean to be closed before retail spaces.

But on the point that people should be allowed to surf throughout this crisis (especially if they keep their distance), Kelly is wrong. And to be clear, I felt the same way as Kelly until it was explained to me by a very smart friend how surfing contributes directly to the spread of the disease.

Here's the rational explanation you're looking for, Slates: If people are allowed to surf (even at a safe distance from one another), it will lead to a mass migration of surfers from all surrounding areas to the beach. This is especially true since everyone is out of work and wants something to keep their minds and bodies occupied. Also, we're coming into a holiday week/end around the world, which will only add to the chaos.

Now, even if we were to assume that not a single person around the world could or would contract covid-19 while in the water (which is a very weak assumption), what about all the hotels, gas stations, coffee shops, public bathrooms, and other disease-incubating amenities that will inevitably be flooded by these migratory surfers?

If you could somehow enforce a law that only people who lived within walking distance of the beach were allowed to surf, it would probably be fine for them to do so. But of course that's not logistically feasible, so closing all beaches (and their adjacent waves) is the only logical step our government can take if they're serious about stopping the spread.

Also, on the point of why arresting officers have to "physically grab" non-abiders, I'll bring it back to Playa Hermosa once more. Sometime after Noe Mar was arrested this morning, this happened: If you couldn't wrap your head around that clip, what you're seeing is an unnamed surfer being questioned and presumably arrested by Playa Hermosa police for breaking Costa Rica's no-beachgoing law. Then he darts. Then, gunfire. It's been reported by local sources that the shots were not directed at the surfer but rather used to petrify him mid-run, which clearly did not work.

This video both proves and disproves Kelly's point on the police's "lame power trip". On one had, their decision not to physcially detain the man in question gave him the opportunity to dart. On the other hand, their unleashing of bullets is a complete abuse of power and also great Instagram fodder. However you feel about the situation, it's worth stating that the runner, who may or may not be Salmon Boy (AKA Simon Rex) filming for his part in the upcoming Snapt4, was eventually caught and detained. He was released after paying a $200 fine and will be forced to make an apology rap for the emotional damage he's caused.


Regarding the video on Stab's link: Wow, that cop should not have a weapon.

It's hard to tell from the angle, but it looks like he's aiming his weapon in the direction of the fleeing surfer, instead of just firing warning shots. If not, he may have been aiming high and right, but I recall the area being full of cabinas and restaurants where he could easily have hit an innocent bystander.

Edited: 03/29/2020 at 07:11 AM by RegularJoe
 03/29/2020 09:08 AM
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So, OK, McGonagle is on the Dick Head List. As our new anthem says: Stay the Fuck Home.
 03/29/2020 09:36 AM
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I'm not surfing anymore. I get it. I am late getting it and surfing yesterday was foolish.

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 03/30/2020 10:00 AM
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'Merkins get shot if dealing with our pigs the same was Costa Ricans do. They don't mind cracking gringo skulls tho.
 04/10/2020 05:23 PM
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My friend in Playa Hermosa Jaco owns Cabinas Vista Hermosa. He's shut down and hiding in Esterios Oeste.
 04/10/2020 07:50 PM
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Is Ronnie the owner now? I think the surfer wasn't really running from the cop, he was just trying to get his feet onto something cooler than that black sand.
 04/11/2020 07:13 AM
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Miguel died last year of cancer. He and his buddies went to the world cup in Europe before he got really sick. The last time I saw them was05. They still had this pic of us on the wall with Bad Boy Club under it.

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SlimyBritches

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That sand was deadly. Paddle out with the outgoing tide and come back to a long walk across hell. I'd be screaming like a little girl running from one tuft of greenery to the next. The Ticos rolling in the sand playing futbol on the beach thought I was un puto!
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I would say that Playa Hermosa has some of the hottest sand on the planet, and that is based on 45+ years of running on hot ass sand.

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SlimyBritches

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Originally posted by: SlimyBritches

Miguel died last year of cancer. He and his buddies went to the world cup in Europe before he got really sick. The last time I saw them was05. They still had this pic of us on the wall with Bad Boy Club under it.



http://www.flickr.com/photos/1...bum-72157632098981978/


HEY!!!! Those are the $200+ Revo sunglasses I wrote about losing in surf sunglass thread.
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