Originally I had no intention of offending him. It's different now, he's a proven Masshole.
The first punches of disrespect were thrown by many on here, not me. If you look at my second post, it followed a battery of condescension yet I still had the patience to stay on topic and not make anything personal. You'd have to go back and read to see where the disrespect began and by whom, but it's obvious that reading previous posts before posting yourself is not a pastime some share on here.
Until this debacle, I had been maintaining a positive existence on this forum and happy to be here which could be seen by my posts. I still like this forum but it's clear who to keep distance from.
No? Me neither.
So after all your hours you've logged and work you've put in what do you have to show for it? A badge of honor so you can vibe the dude next to you because he obviously doesn't work as hard as you and couldn't possibly love surfing like you love surfing? Come, on man. You may need to smoke some spicoli special or find another release. I'm never as pent up after surfing as you are. We do this for the joy of being in the water and the rush of harnessing a piece nature's power I recommend you do the same.
I wanted the feedback of many on here. Perhaps I was naive to think that it could be delivered with some level of respect and decency. Where I come from, you don't talk like that to people that you've never met or haven't done you wrong. And if you do, then you deal with their ensuing response.
My commitment to an individual sport like this has nothing to do with the guy next to me and I've never indicated such. That is coming from you and it's not accurate. I'm putting forth the effort and enthusiasm each day because I don't engage in something unless I do it fully. It's who I am. That, and because of the fact there's always so much to learn and improve on in this sport, you'll walk off the beach much better each day than when you stepped on it as long as you maintained an open mind and sense of gratitude throughout the session.
What do I have to show for the hours I've logged? You speak as if you're trying to talk me out of reverence and commitment to surfing. To answer your question, at the 90 day mark I can catch up to 50% of the waves I attempt from 2 footers to 9 footers, bottom turn frontside and backside, pump through whitewater to accelerate through it, duck dive larger waves, handle a wipeout from small to medium to large, paddle through tougher sets to get out back, etc. All those skills I can perform but in no way am I doing them all or most of the time or doing them soundly more often than not. Those are good basics but I still have many more basics next up such as angling into takeoffs better and more often, picking the right waves to catch based on their break, getting down the line consistently, getting back in the wave after a bottom turn, etc. To me, there will never be a point where I can't get better and learn more.
Read some of my posts a couple weeks back when others were preaching about the stoke. There is nothing "pent" up in me, and definitely not when I'm involved in this great sport that I've recently found. It's laughable that I got tarred, feathered, and lynched in this thread yet when I finally put the dukes up it's looked at like it's me who's the angry, aggressive one.
How shall I "earn" this respect you speak of, so that I may not be subject to being talked to like a dog no one cares about or an ex-con?
Your recommendations are like gold. Can I hire you as a life coach?