Aussie surfing icon Joel Parkinson has been filmed blowing up at a bunch of YouTubers during the recent floods in Queensland and New South Wales.
In a clip posted online, the former world champion can be seen angrily confronting the group of men over what he perceives to be a "disrespectful" stunt amid the crisis.
It's understood the men were videoing themselves sliding down a mud hill on the Gold Coast.
This incident comes at a time when Parkinson has been showing his support to the cause by giving people jet-ski lifts and helping out wherever he can.
In the now-deleted footage posted on the creator's YouTube channel, Parko marches over to the group and shouts: "That's enough. Hey you f**king idiots. Get the f**k off. People have lost their houses.
"You should be more responsible you f**kwits. You know people lost everything in these floods."
A scuffle then appears to break out with a bit of push and shove.
However, the audio from the video suggests Parko slapped an expensive camera out of a bloke's hands and onto the muddy ground.
"Get the f**k off my camera you dog," one person says.
"He just hit a $10,000 camera."
When Parkinson tried to explain his frustrations, one of the men responded by saying: "Oh settle down mate. Don't bring that (the floods) into it. This is not someone losing their house in the floods bro, so don't do that.
"We know c**ts who have lost their houses in the floods. What are you talking about".
Pretty intense footage of Former Australia World Champion Surfer, Joel Parkinson, confronting some kids over them sliding down a muddy hill.
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Parkinson wasn't done though.
"Have some respect," he said while walking away.
To which one of the men replied: "You have some respect c**t, look at my camera.
"You have no respect yourself, c**t."
In a seperate video on TikTok, the person filming then videos the expensive camera in question and it looks absolutely trashed after being dropped in the mud.
Unsurprisingly, the original clip of the incident went viral online and Parko has since come out to tell his side of the story, telling The Courier-Mail the camera somehow "ended up in the mud".
"They weren't hurting anyone but I just thought it was disrespectful with everything the community was going through with the floods," he said.
"I'd put up a slip 'n' slide up for the kids on the first day of the rain but these guys were adults, we'd had two days of sun, the hill reeked of mud and they'd climbed over a fence the council had put up."
It's a tough time for those impacted by the floods with a number of lives and homes already lost and tensions are clearly rising.
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