EXPIRED: 11/30/09 – Brent Green, 33, was one Australian who should have stayed on dry land. And if he couldn’t stay on dry land, he should have bought a better surfboard.
Green, a footballer who played for the Brisbane Bears, Brisbane Lions and Sydney Swans in the Australian Football League (AFL), was recruited to the Bears in ’91 at the age of 15. He made his debut with the team at at age 19, playing with them for 2 seasons, but scoring no goals. Two years later, the Bears merged with the Fitzroy Lions to form the Brisbane Lions. Green was on the roster but only played two games before being transferred to the Sydney Swans for the 1998 season.
With the Swans he played a total of 7 games, scoring 8 goals. Things were looking up. Green was an aggressive player and he was well liked by fans and teammates. But recurring injuries forced him to retire at the end of the 1998 season.
Not much is known about what Green did to support himself over the past decade, but he didn’t shy away from dangerous sport. He was a common sight on the Gold Coast surfing circuit, not far from the Parkwood neighborhood where he lived. Unfortunately, on November 30th, Green chose to go surfing in the shallow Narrowneck Beach section on a cheap surfboard he bought at a garage sale for about $20.
He had only been in the knee deep water a few minutes when he was dragged out by lifeguards at about 1pm.