Paddleboarder Guilty of Assaulting Surfer, Leaving Him With Brain Damage in Dispute Over Wave in San Diego

The Sunset Cliffs area of San Diego is seen in a Google Maps Street View image from June 2014.

The Sunset Cliffs area of San Diego is seen in a Google Maps Street View image from June 2014.

A paddleboarder has been convicted of assault for hitting a surfer with his paddle during an argument over a wave off the Southern California coast.

KNSD-TV says Paul Konen was convicted Thursday in San Diego and could now face up to seven years in prison.

Prosecutors say Konen attacked surfer Kevin Eslinger last June at Sunset Cliffs in San Diego during an argument over a wave.

Authorities say Eslinger was struck so hard that he suffered brain damage and still has speech problems.

The defense said Konen acted in self-defense.

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