You've never been to Hawaii.
got dropped in on yesterday in some really crappy surf in southern monmouth county.
grabbed the kids board as he dropped in and flipped him off it.
spent the rest of my session 5 feet away from him making sure anything he turned to catch had me on it too.
I had just caught a wave and had turned back in the direction of the line-up for another paddle, when some 14, maybe 15 year old girl on some 7' long swallow tail, couldn’t handle the little rip, took a diagonal trajectory and ended up about 10’-15’ feet directly in front of me. She hadn’t turned around once to see what was behind her. I saw her fail miserably when she tried to duck dive under a little 2 or 3’ wave. She just didn’t push down with her feet or knees enough. Saw the tail end of the board pop-up in the white wash and knew she was coming right at me and I knew I wouldn’t have time to get out of her way. Turtled over and kept the boards between us. Got my hand smashed and a board I shaped and glassed took a fin to the rail. Nice ding that I’m letting dry out. Poor kid came up with a mortified look in her eyes saying "I'm so sorry". I laughed and said, “don’t worry about it, boards don’t look right if they don’t have some dings. Next time when you duck dive, push down with your feet.” Poor kid didn’t stand up on a single wave. Guess she’s still learning. Stayed out another hour and had some great rides. Don’t sweat the little sh!1 and kids are ignorant. The examples we set for them is how they’ll treat others. If the other surfer sucks or is some little kid, why scare the tar out of ‘em?
ZaGaffer- Love that reaction, as I am sure the girl was petrified. With daughters in the water, I have found most people have been very cool when the girls have found themselves in the wrong spot or in the way from time to time. I have been teaching them the "rules" of surfing, but sometimes you just get stuck in the wrong spot. As for me, I guess I have mellowed a bit with age, and appreciate the opportunity to get in the water as much as possible. I try to leave the stink eye in the car. As long as people don't mistake kindness for weakness, we're all good.
"Stop the hate and just love one another"...reading this makes me throw up a little...
This is isually because only inland goobers B-Board...It's easy to learn and easy to catch waves with a kick or two...They then drop in on everyone and always seem to be in the way...That's why they irritate people.