The only thing that annoys me is being at a jetty by myself. Then, a group of guys will get out of a van from inland or pa and paddle out at the spot. They will then attempt to paddle around me or drop in on me when I'm sitting at the peak. I never said anything until recently. I went up to two of the three guys and said to stop dropping in or snaking me. They then started giving me ****. I asked all of them to get out of the water and that I would fight all three. I'm not saying I can beat the crap out of everyone but these three I could wrap up like pretzels and dunk them. It worked. They paddled down to a different spot and I felt great. It didn't ruin my session because they deserved it. Now if these were locals even if I could beat the crap out of them, I wouldn't have behaved in the same way. I may have said something in a different way. That' s just the way it is and now some of the locals are passing waves off to me. Be patient and show respect. The other poster is right. Just because you have the gear and have been surfing a few years doesn't mean you have a spot in the lineup at a popular spot.
So, being considerate of others and sharing waves is in your opinion a communist precept? And by your logic, the SUPer or longboarder who can sit outside and catch every single wave that comes through before the shortboarders is completely justified because taking what you want and being selfish is better than communist sharing... Geeze it must suck to be your neighbor.
I think you can make a distinction between (1) a more skilled and more fit surfer, who's got his local break wired and catches a lot of waves, from (2) a fit and skilled surfer on a longboard paddling around everyone else, over and over again, to sit outside and pick off the best set wave every set because his equipment gives him a distinct advantage.
In most cases, the lineup is a competitive place, with guys jockeying for waves in a relatively even playing field. That's just the way it is. As the peaks come in, a little shift to the north or south gives everybody a shot a being in just the right position at the right time. Even against a jetty or pier, once in a while one will swing wide, or section at the main peak, opening up the shoulder.
What I find unacceptable is a guy who's constantly paddling around, chasing down a peak that's coming right for somebody else. I've even had guys paddle around me TO drop in on me, because the peak looked like a closeout. Sorry pal... that one's mine. Or... a guy who intentionally paddles around me to sit deeper than me because he's on his 9'0 and I'm on my 6'1. Eventually I'm gonna reach my limit and he's gonna be looking at my a$$ for the rest of the day - sorry bud... paddle around me one more time and you won't get another wave to yourself until I leave.
Well I can't speak for others, but I don't feel I am entitled to anything I don't work for. However, I do expect others to share if we are out there together. That's just common decency. So generally speaking, yes I do expect them to let a wave go through if they took the last one and we are sitting close together. I expect politeness. There's nothing communist about that.
if you catch a set wave then paddle around a whole crowd and catch another one, you are a wave hog. some days the conditions are challenging and not everyone can stay on the peak so only a select few get the majority of waves, but if it's 3 feet on a sunday afternoon and you constantly paddle around the lineup, you're an azzhole..