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

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. (Read more Kelly Slater stories.)

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