US Surf Champ Scuffles With Israeli Paparazzi

Dude detained in row as photogs snap super model gal pal

By Emily Roysdon,  Newser User

Posted Oct 21, 2007 12:00 PM CDT

(Newser) – A camera-shy Florida surfing champ with super model in tow was detained and released following a row with photographers in Israel, reports AP. Eight-time world champion Kelly Slater was spotted outside a hotel near Tel Aviv with model Bar Refaeli; when photogs started snapping, Slater pushed them, police said. A similar incident occurred earlier this year when Refaeli was spotted with former beau Leonardo DiCaprio, and the actor's bodyguards scuffled with paparazzi.

Refaeli is reportedly in Israel for a photo shoot for next year's Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition. Slater was in Israel promoting the group Surfing for Peace, whose goal is to improve relations between Israelis and Palestinians through sport.

Israeli photographers were waiting outside as American surfer Kelly Slater, seen here in a file photo, and model Bar Rafaeli left a hotel in the Tel Aviv suburb of Herzliya before dawn yesterday, police...   (Getty Images)
It was not the first time foreign guests of Bar Rafaeli, seen here in a file photo, have scuffled with journalists. Earlier this year, Rafaeli and her then-boyfriend, actor Leonardo DiCaprio, created...   (Getty Images)
Eight time world surfing champion Kelly Slater of the United States helps a young Arab girl learn to surf as part of a program called Surf for Peace on Friday. Slater was in Israel for the day, and later...   (Associated Press)
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A video interview of Kelly Slater, with clips of him surfing.   (Freak4Fun060690 (YouTube))

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