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Violent Surfers Shred Paps Over McConaughey

6/22/2008 1:27 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

A group of surfers just got gnarly on a group of paps -- all over photos of beach king Matthew McConaughey!

Around 12 photographers were on the beach in Malibu Saturday afternoon trying to get shots of Matty hitting the surf, when an all-out smackdown was laid on the pappers by turf-protecting surfers.

One pap was hit in the face and we're told suffered a broken nose, while another was thrown into some rocks and had his camera smashed. McConaughey was not involved in the ruckus.

Police tell us a battery report was filed by one photographer but no arrests have been made.

A rep for Matthew has yet to get back to us.

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EGGO    

Wow, the paps got a bitch slap....stay the hell out of peoples face...it's the every day people that are sick of them and people are doing what they have to do. Taking a picture of a celeb still does not give them the right to be in peoples faces..

2292 days ago
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anonymouse    

that is flipping hilarious!! i don't blame the surfers either, they probably just wanted to surf in peace. honestly, i'm surprised this doesn't happen more often. from what i see on tv w/those paps blocking sidewalks, streets, beaches and more i am shocked that there aren't more of the "common man" beating some pap butt~.

2292 days ago
18.

Dev    

Go surfers!!! Pap smack down!!

2292 days ago
19.

Rob    

Isn't McConaughey just a wee-bit too old to still be playing Li'l Surfer Boy? Then again, if I'm McConaughey with my once-promising-now-limited talent, I too would hang around, do sit ups, hang around, hang around, hang around....

2292 days ago
20.

jc    

Why are they interested in that loser anyway?

2292 days ago
21.

jc    

Why are they interested in that loser anyway?

2292 days ago
22.

Jake    

I hope these paparazzi file suits and lose and get stuck with the legal bills of both themselves and the man or men they sue. Should NEVER be different than that. NEVER! Woody is getting sued as well, and I hope that fool loses and he has to pay the legal bills of both himself and Woody as well. Justice would be served admirably if that turns out to be the case.

2292 days ago
23.

dana    

YAY for the surfer dudes, time to kick some pap ass! Maybe they will learn to give people some privacy!

2292 days ago
24.

offtheproperty    

Yeah, Go Surfer Dudes... TO PRISON!!!

2292 days ago
25.

Scott    

How much do you want to bet that the paparazzi won't be photographing him surfing any more.

2292 days ago
26.

Whatever    

Its about time. Good for you surfers. I think the celebs have tries the "peace thing", but evidently it hasn't worked yet. Sometimes sitting at the round table to "talk it out" doesn't work and you need to kick a little you know what.

Surfers rock!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

2292 days ago
27.

Get better, kiddo    

It's going to happen more and more - all have had it with the paps

2292 days ago
28.

I LOVE THE USA    

I'll admit, I'm a bit of a hypocrite when it comes to this...I enjoy reading things on "celebrities" weddings, who they are dating and love photos of the fashion, etc...
but when it comes to invading their space, their private moments with out being invited, and then hunting them like they are some kind of prey...its kind of sickening. WELL HOORAY FOR SURFERS

2292 days ago
29.

Tmz's Paps are Homos    

i'm so glad the paps got slapped. i doubt the surfer dudes will face any legal consequences; by the time the cops arrived, the boys of summer were probably long gone. the paps might have got a few photos of the surfers, but it'll be difficult to identify nonfamous dudes, covered in sand and sea water. ha! ha! paproids - 0 surfer dudes - #1 go surfer dudes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

2292 days ago
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pap101    

how can anyone think this is right? just go around and start punching photogs? if anyone thinks any celebrity is going to appreciate you assualting a pap you're wrong. and while you all may feel great about this don't kid yourselves this is assualt and over what? people taking photos of someone in a public place. maybe next time when you or someone you know picks up a magazine or turns on the tv to see what lindsay or britney are doing there'll be someone there to punch you in the face. hypocrites!

2292 days ago
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