but i think you do have a chip on your shoulder.
if you understand self regulation then you understand that with it you do not need cops, judges, or juries because everthing will sort itself out.
You did a very good job of being civil with the post before; however, it was obviously backhanded and cheap to say I'm not a surfer.
Well...Mr. PJ please define it for the rest of us in your opinion what a "surfer" is, so we have something to aspire to.
Chip on my shoulder, I'm not the one on a surf forum trying to project myself as someone with a higher level of understanding about surfing, I'm not here trying to prove I'm a surfer or telling other's they are not. I don't know who made you the "judge and jury" on who is a surfer, but please, save it. There's a million of your older gentlemen out there looking to blow smoke up my ass about themselves.
As soon as you attempt to create a definition to attach to the term... a mold to stuff yourself into... you necessarily erase the true meaning of what it is to be a surfer. You can't do... it simply can't be done.
That's why judging and comparing yourself to others is meaningless... except maybe to yourself.
i'm gonna take a dump on this thread...
you do not need to be judge and jury to have an opinion. i respect yours
you posts make me think you are on a surf forum trying to project yourself as someone with a higher level of understanding about surfing. thats ok so am I. we can both be full it and it wouldn't matter.
i couldn't begin to define to everyone what a surfer is but i know one when i see one.
yes. a chip on your shoulder. i think you have one. i never said i didn't have a chip on my shoulder. i have many. surfing is how i treat that particular condition
because that's the problem with a lot of all this. surfing has existed for a long time. it did not begin when you or anyone else got a board. there are people who have surfed since before you were born. it pre-exists you so you don't get to call the shots. that frustrates a lot of people.
let me offer you a little surf philosophy; surfers wish for a wave. if they are fortunate a wave comes. they ride the wave as it exists however imperfect or perfect it may be. they have no control over the wave no matter how much they wish they do. it is a reactive experience. this applies to the conditions surrounding the wave as well. it is all beyond your control and you must accept this or you don't surf.
that's surfing and life. it's rarely how you want it but you do the best you can. this will sound cheesy and hokey to a cocky young grom but trust me, this is how it works and you see and appreciate it more as you get older..
Wow, Holy crap, I haven't been on the computer in almost 24 hours (working, surfing, coaching T-ball, etc) and I see this thread is still going. It is actually pretty cool to see such strong opinions being voiced on both sides. Except for Kyle calling me an A$$hole about 8 pages back, it seems like everyone is trying to keep it civil. And Kyle, I believe you actually voiced the most important questions that outline this whole mess of a thread.
What is a surfer?
How do we define what is OK and not OK in the water when we all interact?
IS it OK for surfing to be the know-all, be-all of someone's existence?
I'm almost 50 and have 3 children and I wife. They are my existence. Surfing is a large part of our bond, but not even close to the only part.
In only voiced my opinions that I base on my experiences in life and in the water be it in the 70's and or now. I'm not some grumpy old man in the water, or waiting in traffic like Kyle labeled me. I'm quite the opposite.
but when an SUP almost decapitates my 12 year old son because he bailed and let it shoot through the line-up like a rocket or when i have my daughter and all her friends in the car and some numbskull almost puts me into a guardrail, then yes, I get angry. That's a normal reaction. Do I beat up the SUP guy? Of course not. should someone 'help' him understand the consequences of his actions. Sure.
Well said, Common courtesy is a miss in today's society. That includes all forms of it (SUP,Short/Long or Boogie).
It comes down to knowing your limits and being aware of your surroundings. Have I fought in the line up. Yes. Have I helped others learn about wave placement and timing. Yes.
Growing old is inevitable. Growing up is optional.