The alleged salad toss case against a top New Zealand surf life saver could change direction after a court heard of a possible change to charges.

Kane Jacob Sefton, 17, was not in Maroochydore Magistrates Court yesterday for the mention of two counts of common assault and one count of wilful damage.

He was on the Sunshine Coast during last month's Australian Surf Life Saving Championships.

It is alleged he threw a tub of coleslaw which police say landed near a man and his young daughter on Alexandra Parade at Alexandra Headland.


Sefton pleaded guilty last month to the wilful damage charge.

Defence solicitor Alicia Thomas told the court there had been negotiations with police prosecutors for the common assault charges.

Magistrate Rod Madsen asked her what the outcome of those negotiations had been.

Ms Thomas said police were willing to drop the assault charges but wanted to replace them with public nuisance charges.

She sought a short adjournment to consider the negotiations.

Sefton's matters are next due for mention on June 9.