Koby Abberton Rides A Different Kind Of Barrel
(Credit: Surfing The Mag)
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"When I was sitting in the
cells I looked around and thought, fuck...I've
had a hard life but my spirit's pretty free, you
know. And here I am looking at these walls. I
thought, 'I'm in trouble here'."
kidding. This was Australian pro surfer Koby Abberton's
reaction to the nine hours he spent in police
custody on March 7 this year, having been charged
with being an accessory in the murder of Sydney
underworld hard man Anthony Hines, perverting
the course of justice, hindering a police investigation
and concealing a serious offence.
proven, the charges carry combined sentences of
over 40 years in prison.
shots of Koby over the past few years at surf
zones from Teahupo'o on down testify to his willingness
to put himself in gnarly spots and pull it off.
But with these charges, Koby faces a pit no well-known
pro surfer has ever had to negotiate.
brother Jai has been accused of murdering Hines
on the evening of August 5, 2003, and attempting
to dispose of the body by throwing it over a cliff
at Mistral Point, Maroubra, Australia.
woman alleged to have been with Jai and Hines
at the time of the murder has given a statement
to police, saying Jai shot Hines several times
in the head and hand while travelling in her car
away from a local pub, and that Jai then forced
her to help dispose of the body.
says they then went to Koby's Maroubra home, where
Koby, Jai and another man discussed what had happened.
She and Jai then used Koby's car to dispose of
the murder weapon and some clothing by throwing
them into the sea.
says he was asleep and has no idea what happened
that evening. He was freed on bail of A$25,000,
and has told Surfing he has the best legal team
in Australia. "I'm going to spend money on
this. If I'm looking at 40 years then I've gotta
make sure I defend it as well as possible."
He expects the course of justice to take around
has been staying out of the local limelight and
talking to as few people as possible about the
situation. "The more I talk about it the
more it gets talked about, you know what I mean.
I know what happened. Well, I don't because I
was asleep at the time."
was a competent surfer who had competed in regional
events when younger. But in recent years he'd
gained a reputation as a heavy and was feared
in local pubs and nightclubs.
Abberton clan -- Koby, Jai and big brother Sunny
-- have been Maroubra's best known surfing family
of the past decade, with Koby's heavy duty tuberiding
skills gaining him a spectacular free surfing
reputation and a major ongoing corporate sponsorship
has been checking on Koby each day since the charges
were laid, but Koby hasn't been in contact with
Jai since being charged. "We don't need to
see each other to know we love each other....
The reason I've been pulled into this is they
know my brothers are so close. The police are
getting pressure to make Jai talk and they want
to put pressure on him, to show him his brother's
getting in trouble too."
the meantime, Koby intends to continue his pro
career, and Oakley will back him, according to
Surfing spoke with Koby, he'd had just a few days
for the gravity of the situation to sink in. But
already he sounded like a man whose faith is about
to be tested to its limit. "If I was to go
to jail, there can't be a higher force out there.
There can't be someone out there helping out,
'cause I don't deserve to be there."
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