Sark Ohanian Wins $90,000 for Venice Beach Surfer Paddleboarder Assault

California personal injury lawyer Sark Ohanian of Carpenter, Zuckerman & Rowley recently won just compensation for a 39-year-old photographer and Olympic snowboarder who was injured when he was attacked by a paddleboarder while surfing at Venice Beach. On June 5, 2010, the plaintiff suffered facial injuries after being hit by an oar swung by a paddleboarder after an argument in the water.


The injured man had gone to Venice Beach with his family and several friends, taking his surfboard with him to enjoy the summer ocean, but when he began to surf, he had to dive under a wave to avoid being run over by a man on a stand-up paddleboard (SUP), which is several feet larger than a surfboard.

After avoiding the SUP, the surfer and the paddleboarder were involved in a verbal argument while both treading water in the ocean. After exchanging words, the paddleboarder, still in possession of his six-foot-long oar, raised it out of the water, over his head, and struck the surfer in the face, which was witnessed by the head lifeguard in the area. The paddleboarder then immediately swam to shore and attempted to leave, but was found and arrested by police, which led to him eventually pleading no contest to an assault with a deadly weapon charge.

The injured surfer required immediate medical treatment for his injury, a horizontal cut on his nose that was deep enough to cause the tip of his nose to rest on his upper lip. He required stitches and suffered a permanent scar across his nose. While the defendant claimed that he did not intentionally strike the man with his oar and that he was in fear for his safety, the case was settled for $90,000.

Being attacked by another can cause serious and permanent damage to a victim that requires extensive medical treatment and may result in long-term pain and suffering. Beyond justice in a criminal case, finding proper financial compensation is needed to help a victim recover from their injuries and not suffer monetary burdens intentionally caused by another. At Carpenter, Zuckerman & Rowley, our Los Angeles assault injury attorneys understand the serious losses that can occur due to being attacked. For a free consultation on your injury case by our dedicated legal team, call our offices at 213-514-8332.