I love 'em. Unfortunately, though you're right, most people don't want someone stinking up their thigh high wave. I really only do it with my brother or my wife and a select few others as to not start a trend.
A lot of times a quick convo with the guy next to you about going left or right solves more issues as the wave is approaching as long as there aren't 37 other people on the peak.
This practice definitely stop with anything over waist high then I get a little greedy.
Hey I am a firm believer in surf etiquette. But if you show up with the wrong board for the waves on that day, then you are in the wrong from the get go.
Actually if you think about it, every shortboarder grovelling for waves, that were not right for the board they were on, were actually in my way... without any consideration for screwing up my rides... which were only about 1 in 6 or so waves that would come through. so do that math, if I took 3 waves, that's 3 out of 18 to 20 waves that came in.... Pretty good etiquette on my part, no?
Who's to say what's the wrong board? I am 6'1" 190 lbs and ride a 5'6" from knee high on up to head high. I can catch anywave I want but maybe have to sit in a little bit on the softer days. This is the exact same issue with SUPs. We could all get longer and longer boards, motorized boards etc to catch the wave further and further out, but it doesn't make it right to paddle outside everyone and nail all the set waves which would be the ones the guys on the inside would need to have a good time. No problem at all with someone who sits out there and catches a set wave here and there and goes for those inbetween waves that no one would be able to catch anyway.
Some of you guys need to chill and learn how to read better. This guy did nothing wrong. As a matter of fact it sounds to me that he was actually accomodating the short boarders, even though he was there at the peak long before they came along, and even though they weren't catching much due to insufficient equipment / skills, he STILL let the majority of waves go by, while only picking off a few from the outside here and there. Nothing wrong with that, give the guy a break. And those who keep saying "oh it's suppose to be about fun", you are absolutely correct, but it sounds to me ole Fitz here was having plenty of fun, because he was prepared with the right board for the occassion. Those who think it's fun to pop up on a wave only for it to die the minute you stand up on your shorty should learn to live a little because there are more fun ways to score waves than that. Keep foolling yourselves with your 5' board in 1-2ft surf.
This is the East Coast. You can log in almost any conditions save for extreme hurricane swells. If you're respecting the break and having fun it doesn't matter what you're on.
but even if people come and harsh on me, I don't give a flying fck because the advantage was so perfect for how I was surfing the spot that it was one of the best sessions I had in a long time. I think I was the only one who was actually havin fun out there.
This will happen to the end of time. Annoying as F? Certainly. For those longboarders that insist on taking wave after wave from the outside...... At least put on a show for the rest of us as you blaze down the line. The whole "stand up, make one turn, and go" thing is played out. I want a show if I have to watch your a$$ go by me time and time again. Walk it, spin in little circles, hang ten, maybe a headstand. Anything. If you're simply going down the line time and time again, show a little love to the people between you and the beach. All the girls and boys need a little joy.
Whiny little beeches shaking their tiny fists in the air.
I don't know about you all, but I go surfing so I can catch waves--and lots of them. I'm sorry that you don't have the paddling skill, or the level of fitness, or the "right" board, or you're actually scared to be out in the water and just making up little girl excuses, or a combination thereof..... It's really not my problem. If I'm at a break surrounded by a bunch of flounders and clown fish, I'm not going to be letting many, if any, set waves I am in position for to go by and watch the impact zone essentially get littered with kook confetti that I'm going to have to navigate around.... especially in light of this self-entitled mentality that people deserve to have waves given to them. Basic etiquette is: Don't cut people off, don't paddle around people, don't sit on top of someone and don't get in the freaking way of someone riding a wave. Beyond that, you're on your own!
BTW, I pretty much only ride short boards. If you think I'm being a "wave-hog" by sitting "outside" and catching the wave before you even start paddling for it, think again and get your weak @$$ to a pool!