Brazilian surfer punches US woman in head after disagreement over wave in Bali

  • 07/04/2023
"I didn’t know she was a woman. She surfed like a man, dressed like a man."
"I didn’t know she was a woman. She surfed like a man, dressed like a man." Photo credit: Instagram @appleshift4

Warning: this story contains details that some may find distressing 

An American woman has caught the moment a professional surfer punched her in the head on camera after a disagreement over a wave in Bali. 

The Daily Mail reports US woman Sara Taylor and Brazilian Adriano Portela were surfing along Bali's south-west in Uluwatu on Wednesday (local time), where they both caught the same wave. 

It's reported the pair both thought they had the right of way, but instead, both on their surfboards bumped into each other.

Footage captured by Instagram user @appleshift4, or Taylor's British friend Charlie McCharg shows show the short collision

But it appears professional surfer João Paulo Azevedo, Adriano's friend, wasn't happy with the collision and approached Taylor on his surfboard before swinging his fist into her head.

It was when the group returned to shore that the violence broke out.

Azevedo can be seen launching himself at Taylor, hitting the woman across the head with what appears to be a drink bottle.

Footage captures most of the kerfuffle, but it's not able to be seen, as McCharg, who is recording, gets wound up in the ordeal too.

Taylor and McCharg seem to attempt to remove themselves from the situation.

"Go away. Go Away!" one says.

McCharg is then seen sitting on their scooter, where Azevedo kicks the scooter and McCharg over. 

"Go away! Go Away!"

The Mail reports Azevedo spoke to a Brazillian media outlet, claiming he hit Taylor because she looked like a man.

"I didn’t know she was a woman. She surfed like a man, dressed like a man."

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