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Surfer Charly Martin loses Nike deal over Thurso fracas

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Image caption Nike said its sponsorship of Charly Martin had ended

A surfer ranked number three in the world has lost his contract with sportswear giant Nike after being fined for carrying a knife in public.

Charly Martin, 21, from Guadaloupe, in the Caribbean, had been competing at an event in Thurso in April.

Wick Sheriff Court heard he had armed himself with the knife after he and three other surfers were attacked at a party.

Nike confirmed to the BBC Scotland news website that Martin had been dropped.

In a statement, a spokesman said: "Nike has ended its sponsorship of Charles Martin as a result of his recent conviction.

"We have no further comment."

Professional surfers

Martin was fined £500 at Wick Sheriff Court in September for carrying a knife in public.

The surfer was unaware it was an offence to carry a knife in public in Scotland.

The court heard that Martin and his friends, also professional surfers, were attacked at the party on 18 April.

He fled back to his hotel where he discovered one of his friends was missing.

Before going out to look for him, Martin armed himself with a long-bladed, serrated knife from a cutlery tray.

Held in cell

The court heard that the weapon had stayed in Martin's pocket when he was the victim of a follow-up attack in a street by a mob of between 10 and 15 people.

After being struck several times, he returned to his hotel where he was met by police.

The court heard he handed over the knife to them before being arrested and kept in a cell overnight.

Fellow competitors had advised Martin not to return to the UK but he had chosen to do so and face the consequences, the court heard.

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