Surf’s angst man proves the days of violent surfing regulation are over
The first week of August, a Malibu resident named Andy Lyon took off on a wave at First Point. But when he took off on that wave, he burned someone, as is very likely to happen there. A small collision happened – which is also very likely to happen there – but what Lyon did next cost him his job. Violence in surf queues was a bit more acceptable when surfing was still a fringe activity. But now that it’s a sport in its own right with its own league and a giant industry surrounding it, the days of window waxing, leash trimming and water boxing are fading in the rearview mirror.
Lyon has blasted off on many waves in his nearly 50 years of surfing what has now become one of the busiest waves in the world, and he is one of the few people who can be called a ‘local’. .