[QUOTE=dlrouen;134497]I hope everyone who keeps bashing SUP has actually tried it. I have not had the chance to try it, but I am going to give it a shot before I share my thoughts; positive or negative. I feel like SUP does not get the credit it deserves, as people are so quick to dog it to "fit in" with your cool and tough buddies.
I know some smarta$$ is going to "reply with quote" and say "I hate SUPs because they get in my *way* and they say that I'm softer than my soft top, etc." Every SUP, like every surfer, controls their own actions - not all SUP'ers are going to get in your way and so forth.
Nice post. I picked up surfing later in life (mid 40's). Learned on my own, made mistakes, picked up etiquette, surfed through winter, etc. Back and neck issues so I bought SUP this year to surf. It is great for small to mid size waves (which is mostly what we get out East), and you can still go out when it is flat. The biggest thing about SUP is that I am not a wave hog and pick my spots. I have seen other SUPers that try and catch every wave, and is annoying (same with longboarders that try and catch every wave).
The whole SUP vs surfer thing is kind of funny. It reminds me of the ski/snow board conflicts when they first came out. It's a big ocean, and as long as we all try to use some common sense, it should work out.
BTW - I had a surfer paddle out into the line up and proceed to immediately drop in on me in two consecutive waves, so it goes both ways.
I don't mind SUP. I have an SUP over here . I live on a bay and use it to cruise to the beach. Sometimes I tie my board to the SUP as I cruise over the bay.
Maybe my complaints are all based on the summer lineup.
SUP for fishing, lessons for yups, waves break off jetty creating a wave direction (left or right) peace motha
I guess one of the perks of surfing to me is cooling off in the ocean on a hot summer day. I wasn't a huge fan of not being in the water and pouring sweat. If I were to do it again, I'd pick a lot cooler day...
SUPers, Longboarders, short boarders, groms, boogies boarders - don't we all have compliants about each of the groups. Longboarders complain about SUPs, short boarders complain about long boards, etc, etc. We have all been snaked and all have been dropped in on and we have all had to share waves - even if not technically dropped in on. I'm sure we have all done it to others too - whether intentional or not. End of the day, it all comes down to etiquette.
Some SUPers at my break will ride the bump and leave the break to the surfers, tell someone to come in with them and sometimes signal when a set it coming in. I've waived guys into waves with me, tell someone else to keep paddling when I don't think I'm going to catch it so someone grabs the wave. I won't snake but have dropped in - either not seeing the guy other guy, thinking he was going the other way or because I was far enough ahead to not get in his way. I will pull out the wave if I think I messed up and will always apologize.
Surfing is soulful - I don't want to go surf with bad vibes in the water - I surf to feel the stoke. And a little thoughtfulness goes a long way to keep the vibe good.
Slow wide turns dude.....