Pro Surfer Wilkinson Arrested in Newport Beach
as reported in the Newport Beach Independent www.newportindy.com
Professional surfer Matthew “Wilko” Wilkinson, 23, of Copacabana, New South Wales, Australia, was arrested by Newport Beach police near Balboa Boulevard and 18th Street on Saturday for public intoxication, according to the NBPD.
Officers responded to a call of a male subject laying in the street in the area, said Newport Beach Police Department spokeswoman Kathy Lowe.
According to surfline.com, the rockstar-like Aussie surfer, who is ranked 18th in the world, decided to make Newport Beach his home for the summer.
Wilkinson has “established himself as one of the world’s most exciting young surfers, not to mention one of the ASP World Tour’s most entertaining characters,” according to ripcurl.com. Wilkinson surfs on the Ripcurl team.
Last month, he started a blog on the ASP website, which includes photos of him partying, and carries the disclaimer “Some content may only be suitable for adults.” One photo of two women kissing has the caption, “i love cali.”
Wilkinson has had success on the ASP tour, winning the O’Neill Cold Water Classic in Santa Cruz last year to establish himself.