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Surfer sues board maker

LOS ANGELES — Surfboard manufacturers have a number of concerns — heavy competition, expensive shipping among them.

Product-liability lawsuits typically aren’t one of their worries.

That’s what makes a lawsuit that recreational surfer Tom Gregg filed against Channel Islands Surfboards a little unusual.

Gregg contends a fin on his Channel Islands board cut a “deep gash” on his right leg when he wiped out off the coast of France in 2009. He said the fin severed muscles in his leg and caused injuries so severe that he will never regain full strength in the injured leg.

“The surfboard, fins and their component parts were unsafe for their intended use,” Gregg said in the lawsuit, filed Wednesday in Los Angeles County Superior Court.

Scott Anderson, general manager of Carpinteria, Calif.-based Channel Islands, said it’s the first product-liability lawsuit filed against the company that he has heard about.

Gregg’s attorney, Jeffrey Karpel, said the fins are so sharp that some surfers cover them with protective sleeves. Gregg was not aware of that before the injury, Karpel said.