Some of the lovely paparazzi from TMZ and X17 were on the beach in Malibu Saturday, trying to get shots of a shirtless Matthew McConaughey, when a group of civic-minded surf dudes took a break from the tasty waves to kick some ass. "The 29-year-old photojournalist told sheriff's deputies that a large group of surfers near Paradise Cove in Malibu approached him and other paparazzi about 2 p.m. and demanded they stop taking pictures and filming. 'They formed a semicircle in front of his camera and they said he [McConaughey] didn't want him to film,' said Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department spokesman Steve Whitmore. 'They got into an argument, and he indicated that he received injuries. . . . [They] took the video camera and threw it in the water.'" Awesome surfer quotes and video link after the jump.

"'I'll give you a thousand bucks if you leave right now,' said one of the surfers who took a sip of his beverage and then made a vulgar gesture with his middle finger to the video camera.

"'Hey, you guys, they don't want you here, and nobody that lives here wants you here,' said another person.

"'Let's go. We'll draw a line in the beach, and we'll fight for the beach. If you guys win, you can have the beach,' said another.

"The video then shows two beachgoers chasing one of the paparazzi, dragging him into the water and kicking him." This video right here. [LAT]