I don’t know what is up with 21st birthdays in February down under, but I read another crazy bit of news yesterday about a young surfer named Sam Page, 21, of Manly. He was knocked into a coma after he was punched in the face outside Players Showgirls in Surfers Paradise last weekend.
He showed his first signs of recovery today by squeezing his mom’s hand and hugging his dad in a Gold Coast Hospital.Â Bouncer Eugene White, 32, of Labrador, punched Mr Page, causing him to fall down a flight of stairs and onto the footpath – “cracking his skull” – after evicting him from the club.Â What a way to make an exit!
Eugene was charged with grievous bodily harm and granted bail on various conditions, including that he not work in any licensed venue and not go to Surfers Paradise at night.Â Weird restrictions placed on this guy, if you ask me….but hey, who am I to judge?
Mr Page, rated one of the country’s best young surfers, had been on the Gold Coast to compete in a major national teams surfing tournament with his Queenscliff Boardriders Club.
Now Mr. Page will be like all the rest of us that don’t have much memory of their 21st Birthday.