The deepest in has it. Dosn't matter if their fins are skimming sand and you can't even see that deep into the barrels spit.
Here's to finding an aqua canvas this morning! I'll even take elf-sized!! Don't know how to use that Insterrgraham thing so here's a pic my brah just shott of me bout to charge the patrol!
It is the closest to the peak/curl in my opinion, in most cases. You did the right thing by kicking out. Communication is helpful, especially on an A frame - "You go right, I'll go left. OK?". The thing that bothers me the most is when someone tries to fade me off the peak.
Lets say I am on a peak ready to take off right. Poser dude pretends to go backdoor(lets say left), so I give him priority, then he goes a bit left on the drop, then turns right before the bottom and snakes my peak. Makes me livid. But if you are backdoor and call it then you have priority, but you better go the way you called it and don't be a punk. There are no rules, only well established guidelines. For you novices, backdoor means you are behind the peak, and you are in position to get shacked if you make the drop. So the guy on the peak has to give up priority for the surfer who is sitting deep, ready to go steep.
I don't surf in the ASP. It always made sense to me if a guy was deeper than me and called backdoor, I let him go for it even if I am on the peak. He is making a strong commitment and I think he should go. But this is just the etiquette I grew up with at a certain peak. Most top spots around here have lots of pro talent ( I am not one of them), and we always cut each other slack if someone calls backdoor. As long as they go. I have surfed contests, and that is one of the things I do not like about them. The interference rules can award punk ass strategy, and not award hardcore surf awareness to go for the barrel, go for broke, go big or go home attitude that makes surfing great. We do need to get along, and in contests the rules are the rules. Like I said, in real surfing situations, there are no rules, only well established guidelines.
When in Rome...I guess if I am traveling and in a crowded peak (not a good idea ) I would see what the prevailing protocol is and show lots of respect. Among friends and acquaintances we just try to not be too greedy, but to stay off the wave if someone has the peak. I am only speaking of a specific situation, and I appreciate your input frontsidecrotchgrab. If I am ever reborn as an ASP surfer, I will study the rulebook.
Sisurfdogg, your telling me that surfer on the peak is primarily a "contest situation"? Or is that a generally established rule that also applies to contests simply b/c it is the clearest way to determine priority; contest or not? I used an ASP rule as an example to clarify an obvious bit of conduct used most everywhere in the world. Ever surfed in OZ? Tell me thats not how they determine priority. Ever surfed South Amereica? Same. (At least where I was).
You were stating specific situations in which you gave up prority while on the peak. But it is certainly not recognized most ANYWHERE else that backdooring takes priority. Of course we have prerogative to GIVE UP priority. But thats not what the original post was asking...