A trial that captured surfers’ attention around the world has finally come to a halt. On Monday, February 2, 2008 La Jolla native, Seth
Cravens, was dealt a twenty years to life sentence after being convicted of second degree murder in the death of surfer Emery Kauanui.
Cravens issued this statement of regret after the sentencing: "I just want to say sorry to Emery’s family. I’m so sorry that this happened. Sorry for your loss…I’m sorry for my own family . . . everybody that had to go through this with me."
While the trial opened wounds within the surf community, it also placed the role of violence within surf culture back under the microscope.
Prosecutor Sophia Roach explained that the sentencing sent a direct message that "violence will not be tolerated by our community."
Track SurferMag.com's Coverage of the Trial.