Stab Magazine | Jetski Runs Over Freesurfer At Uluwatu, Results In Facial Fractures And A Split Head

Jetski Runs Over Freesurfer At Uluwatu, Results In Facial Fractures And A Split Head

12 stitches and a whole lot of explaining to do…

news // Nov 9, 2016
Words by stab
Reading Time: 2 minutes

Step-offs are a damn good time. And when you’re paddling spots where a ski’s not fully necessary but will lighten your workload, seeing a team incites jealousy. You feel it in your burning shoulders, crooked neck, and back adjustments courtesy of a few hard copped beatings. When you come up for breath only to see a stacking sea ahead of you and a team of two zips past on their PWC, paddling seems overrated.

Some days and spots call for skis, and others should be paddled by the everyman. Yesterday, at Uluwatu was a day for paddling and Matt Duff’s head suffered a harsh greeting with a 400-pound motorised vehicle.

According to Indo Surf Life, “One of the owners of Padang-Padang surf camp hit the free surfers with jet ski while towing his mate at Uluwatu.” 

Well, it could’ve been worse… Photo: Indo Surf Life

Kiwi-born, Aussie-raised Ex-pat, professional surfer/musician/that guy you want to kick it with in Bali took to social media to report the status of his freshly-mauled friend:

The bro is ok and home now. 12 stitches to his head and multiple fractures in his nose but he’s sweet. Can’t remember anything after paddling for the wave till he was being looked after on the cliff. However, whoever helped him in Thank You. Tosca and the local boys! Sksma

For a mad Maori with a nickname “Freaky” I’m surprised how calm he is…for now. To the two clowns on the ski’s you know who you are, I’ve already spoken to you both and let you know what’s up! Looking forward to catching up and having a nice quiet cup of tea with you and the bro’s. Before everyone jumps on the anti-ski waggon, if you know how to drive one and where to drive one they’re sweet. But not in this case. Chur Cuzz glad your ok!!


12 stitches, multiple fractures and a warranted yet trivial apology.

Yesterday was a few feet overhead, hardly acceptable to tow. But if you’re going to take a ski out with your pal, a popular break like Uluwatu is one of the last places to be whipping a machine around the lineup. 15 madmen paddling out of control SUPs on a head high Saturday at Lowers seems safer for the weekend horde…slightly. 


Comments are a Stab Premium feature. Gotta join to talk shop.

Already a member? Sign In

Want to join? Sign Up


Most Recent


“Definitely The First Time I’ve Gone Surfing Via Plane”

Parker Coffin, Harrison Roach, and friends tear through NZ on Roark's most well-rounded surf trip…

Jan 30, 2023

Pipe Preview: This Year Feels Different

With John and Gabs healthy — and the arrival of the femme next-gen — here’s…

Jan 29, 2023

WSL Tells Competitors: ‘You Better Like Them Apples’

Will mandating competitors to wear Apple Watches make the 2023 tour more or less engaging?

Jan 29, 2023

Stab Surfer of the Year: John John Florence, Italo Ferreira, Balaram Stack, Rolo Montes, and Shaun Manners

Day 9: "You can't do better than his year last year." - John John Florence

Jan 28, 2023

Full Moon Surfs, Impassable Puddles, And A Few Nights Spent Sleeping In A WSL Commentary Booth

A reader-submitted collection of nonconformist surf stories.

Jan 27, 2023

Kael Walsh Now Owns A Bitcoin, And Watched One Crypto Video

He’s officially your Stab Edit Of The Year champion.

Jan 27, 2023

Carissa Moore And Finn McGill Are Your 2023 Vans Triple Crown Of Surfing Champions 

They both pocket $50k and tickets to this year’s Vans Pipe Masters.

Jan 27, 2023


The Pick-Up, Presented By Vans, Episode 5

Mason Ho helps us ring in our final week on the North Shore.

Jan 27, 2023

Goofyfoot Brazilian World Champion Stars In Stab’s Biggest Board-Testing Franchise

Can you guess who?

Jan 26, 2023

Surf Community Rallies To Raise Funds For Eddie Winner And On-Duty Hawaiian Lifeguard Luke Shepardson

Because it's the right thing to do, of course.

Jan 26, 2023

Interview: Caity Simmers On Machete Wars, Rihanna, Personal Project Problems, And The Rise Of Female Surf Content. 

A toast to ‘Toasted.’

Jan 25, 2023

Stab Surfer of the Year: Creed McTaggart, Albee Layer, Laura Enever, Dane Guduaskas, and Selema Masekela

Day 8: "65 years young and charging just as hard as ever at Pipe, Backdoor,…

Jan 25, 2023

“I’m Not A Big Wave Guy”

How Kai Paula accidentally made his mark at Jaws three weeks after surfing it for…

Jan 24, 2023

Everyone Went.

A toes in the sand, phone in the lagoon account of the 10th Eddie Aikau…

Jan 24, 2023

Breaking: Another CT Rookie Injured Before First Event

Sophie McCulloch pulls out of Pipeline due to Snapper Rocks snafu.

Jan 23, 2023


Watch: ‘Toasted,’ By Caity Simmers

Your favorite surfer directs, edits, and stars in her first feature film. 

Jan 23, 2023

On-Duty North Shore Lifeguard Luke Shepardson Wins The Eddie Aikau

Local man prevails over 39 big-wave heavyweights at 29ft @ 19 seconds Waimea.

Jan 23, 2023

The Eddie Aikau Invitational Is On

Grab a beverage and enjoy surfing's Super Bowl Sunday

Jan 22, 2023