North Shore surfing legend Johnny Boy Gomes was arrested on assault charges last Saturday after allegedly getting into an physical altercation while surfing Waikiki.
As reported by Hawaii News Now, the 50-year-old Gomes was originally charged on suspicion of attempted murder, which was later reduced to third-degree assault. Gomes posted his $2,000 bail.
According to the Honolulu Police Department, Gomes allegedly punched a 56-year-old surfer in the face and held him under water. Following the incident, sources said Gomes paddled to shore and ran from the scene. And although he fled before law enforcement arrived, Gomes was arrested the next day after he turned himself in to police.
Having won the World Cup at Sunset Beach in 1993 and the Pipe Masters in 1997, Johnny Boy Gomes has quite the reputation. In his heyday, he was considered one of the greatest, most powerful surfers on the North Shore. Despite his large frame, he was remarkably light on his feet and was well known for his heavy power hacks. However, Gomes also has a quite the criminal record with eight prior arrests and three convictions.