- Jim Hayward Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
A recent arrest of a Florida man proves that not all surfers are the laid-back type epitomized by Sean Penn's iconic Jeff Spicoli character, who declared in the movie Fast Times at Ridgemont High, "All I need are some tasty waves, a cool buzz, and I'm fine."
Justice Cureton, 20, of Vero Beach apparently was not fine when a rival surfer invaded his turf at Wabasso Beach Park, where he ended up fleeing police on his surfboard, according to TCPalm.
A man complained to an Indian River County Sheriff’s deputy on Oct. 14 that Cureton shouted at him to leave the beach, according to the arrest report. The victim, a newcomer to the area, said he was simply trying to "catch some waves," TCPalm reported.
Instead, he caught flack as well as a beer can, which Cureton hurled at his face. Cureton then grabbed his board and fled into the ocean.
Repeated attempts by the deputy to get Cureton out of the water were unsuccessful. He didn't respond to a lifeguard's air horn, or a fellow surfer sent out to fetch him. Finally, he heeded the call of a mother of one of his surfing buddies.
According to the victim of Cureton's wrath, "surfers tend to get upset when new surfers go to the beach causing too many to be out on the water and not enough time surfing," sheriff's reports show.
Instead of more surfing time, Cureton ended up with a buzzkill: A charge of battery and a gnarley booking photo. After posting $500 bond, he was told to bail from jail, cutback to his crib, and paddle back for a court date on Nov. 14.