No problem with a beginner out there trying to get better. No problem with someone from far inland coming to surf. The only problem is expecting the locals to take a back seat while you have your beach day (not directed at anyone in particular). I was sitting all alone yesterday and turned and saw a couple of kids paddling out, not a problem. They paddle to the peak side of the sand bar and just as they arrive a set wave comes, I turn to go and just as I do the kid closest to me says are you going, ok go ahead. I paddled back out and said it's not for you to tell me to go or not to go, I'll tell you. I said this in a calm cool manner and the kid got the point and paddled down the beach a bit. Turns out the kid that was giving me the ok to go could hardly stand up.
Congradulations on 100, not much localism in Texas, probably not enough surfers. We can always move down 100 yards.
Yeah that is true but my point is they paddled out to the mediocre spot that I had been struggling to eek out a decent wave for the last 30 minutes and went right by me. Until I saw his skill level my only recourse would have been to start paddling once I could tell where they were going to try to close that 30 foot gap between me and the most likely spot for the set wave to break. To be honest I hate doing that, and wanted to give them the benefit of the doubt that they would let at least the next set wave come to me before they would work into the rotation. Either way we had no more issues after those few words and the two of them moved far enough away that I'm sure their session as well own was much less stessfull.
Localism... I get it. But I only see it as a way to help a beginner or kook not do something stupid. To teach, guide, help.
I don't know any easy going, nice, cool people on land that turn into a holes in the water. They are a holes on land first - probably yelling when they get cut off in their car.
Just a thought.