A well-known female surfer claims that a board mate kept her under water in a "surf fury" attack.
Professional surfer Jodie Cooper was allegedly kept underwater by surfer Mark & # 39; Carcass & # 39; Thomson on the north coast of New South Wales.
The 54-year-old man says the incident occurred while sailing at the Lennox Head rest on August 22.
Former professional surfer, Jodie Cooper (pictured left), says her fellow surfer Mark & # 39; Carcass & # 39; Thomson held her underwater (photo on the right)
Cooper says he only survived because he ran out of strength and pretended to be unconscious.
Detective Chief Inspector Cameron Lindsay of the Richmond Police District said the 56-year-old local was charged last week, according to the Daily Telegraph.
"We will argue that he kept this woman under water to the point that she thought she was going to drown," he said.
"The woman resurfaced three times but was pushed back into the water," said a police statement.
It is alleged that the professional surfer and Mr. Thomson collided while navigating the wave.
Ms. Cooper said her alleged attacker "caught" her. while riding on one of his bespoke surf mats on the idyllic trampoline.
& # 39; I'm not a withered flower. I was raised to be a strong person and I will defend my own will and always will, "he told the newspaper.
"You have a lot of frustration in surfing and it's becoming a popular sport and more and more crowded, there have to be rules.
& # 39; This character, he did not follow the rules, he dropped on me. If you do not follow the rules, it's like driving on the right side of the highway and saying "eff you". & # 39;
Mr. Thomson vehemently denies the charges but admits an "altercation" with the fellow surfer.
He said: "I was entangled in a leg rope (and) once I got out of the mess I got rid of the situation, I was too hurt to keep surfing."
Mr Thomson will appear at the local Ballina court in October.
Mr Thomson (in the photo) denies the allegations, but admitted that the pair had a & # 39; aletercation & # 39;
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