it means I surf there all the time, all year long, and I generally know all the regulars, at least by face if not personally, so if there's 4-5 of us, I'm going to know who can make what, we're going to synch up w/ each other, i.e. call each other into waves, take late drops, etc, if your totally respectful and know what your doing, you can probably insert yourself into the cycles and pick off a wave or two (unless its epic, LOL) if your a kook and/or a d-bag, then we'll block you out, drop in on you, paddle around you etc. and if you get loud about it - even if you are in the right - I'm certainly going to back up my neighbor who I drink with and borrow his power tools over some bennie, that kind of thing.
what does that really mean? so if someone who isnt from that town or doesnt normally surf there ends up at that break for any given reason, they would be unwelcome? asked to leave? forced to leave? i understand that some aspects of surfing are territorial, but has no one ever tried out a new spot for the first time? who is to determine if someone is worthy of surfing at any given spot?