if your a newbie i dont think you have any right calling these guys kooks. it just shows me that your one of those guys floating out there and have no idea on surf etiquette. i dont understand how an older guy who obviously has surfed more than you and knows the spot well can be a kook.
@divinesurf... Def was using kook loosely. I understand that they are experienced surfers. I was just surprised with their etiquette. I would think that being surfers for so long that they grew up and surfed in a much different layed back era of surfing.
I agree with all of you guys. I never wrote this post slamming people out in the water. I understand that being a noob I need to earn my respect in the water and learn how to get out of the way. I don't want to ruin someone's ride at all. This post was more or less asking for a good spot to learn so that I DON'T ruin more advanced surfers waves and etc. Sorry if the term "kook" offended anyone.
sorry. i had to laugh when i read your last post. in the early 80s when I started the vibe was ANYTHING but laid back. It was WAY more aggro then then now.
True... 80s were hardcore, but these 40 and 50 year old men grew up in the 60s and 70s when surfing was different. I'm only comparing them to my friends father who also surfs and was out there on Saturday. He even felt like the older men were being really ridiculous... just greedy and totally aggressive to the point that people paddled away from them because they rode every single wave no matter what. I mean good for them to be able to catch wave after wave but I know it annoyed a lot of surfers out there on Saturday.
just do this stay to the outside maybe even stay closer to shore to get the left overs. longboarders are always gonna be there and getting most waves. just stay away from the spot where everyone sits and try to find your own little break somewhere down the beach and then when you feel more confident get in there and paddle your ass off and pray you make the wave and dont fall. after a good wave youll get your respect
I think the issue is with your thinking. Surfing really isn't this laid back, hippy sport where everybody gets along. It's ultra competitive and aggressive especially among the top tier guys. Compound that with summer crowds, so when a little swell finally comes up, the locals are going to get as many as they can.
In the winter it does mellow out but summer brings out the worse in everybody in the water.
Definitely never said it was a hippy sport. Hahah. This thread could go on forever with views of what surfing is and isn't... I appreciate all the insight. I will definitely take a lot of the advice here (ie, stay closer to shore, let the vets take the big ones, etc). Thanks, guys!
its a hot summer weekend in july, with 1-2 foot dribble, going to belmar to learn how to surf is a bad choice.. there are other beaches at the neighboring towns to the north and south that would be a much better decision!