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  1. #11
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    The only way i see this as an acceptable application is for disabled or elderly surfers. When I'm 90+ years old I might be getting one of these.

  2. #12
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    Quote Originally Posted by cresto4 View Post

    Agreed with Kenny Powers: the thread didn't have the Walden article / aspect.

    This latest article is dated early May 2011. This brings this moto-thing concept very up to date. With Walden's rep & clout & reach in the surfing world, he will sell a lot of these.

    Last year in VB, on one wknd when the greeen bars were projected, I counted over 400 people in the water from the Neptune statue to the runoff pier up north. Hundreds more were in the water from Neptune on down to the jetty. Seems to me that some of those people will buy one of these moto-things just to get an advantage for waves over the other 390 surfers.

    I could see where American surfers in established lineups will try to keep this moto-thing out of their spots. But in the touristy spots, it's a clusterf*** so I think that you'll see it in the more moneyed places. Probably not in Hawaii unless the rider has a long-standing wish to be beaten.

    Also, I wonder if other countries will have the same negative reaction to this beast as many USA surfers, meaning, will surfers from places like S. America or Asia really care about 'la pura vida' as Lee so delicately put it.

    BTW, Lee, those owners of those million-dollar oceanfront houses in Sandbridge may be the first to show up with these moto-things, 'cause they have the wherewithal to chunk out 4k for them. Let us know how that works out for you guys ...

    My vote: no way should these moto-things be allowed in surfing lineups. They're motorized vehicles, if you will, and as such should be either properly licensed and / or subject to the same restrictions that jetskis are in many locales.
    Last edited by yankee; May 24, 2011 at 01:58 PM.

  3. #13
    Quote Originally Posted by yankee View Post

    BTW, Lee, those owners of those million-dollar oceanfront houses in Sandbridge may be the first to show up with these moto-things, 'cause they have the wherewithal to chunk out 4k for them. Let us know how that works out for you guys ...
    Surprisingly, very VERY few locals in SB surf. If they do, its the day of the decade. Sure, crowds come to the market and the S-turns, but you have to know someone to park where I park. Anyways, If you can't paddle there, you dont belong in the line-up, IMHO. ESPECIALLY on the east coast. We dont have any outer reefs or slabs. Its all pretty much the same.

    Look at the bright side, they are not in your local costco yet...

  4. #14
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    I think NJ, knowing NJ, would classify these as personal watercrafts and require a permit and possibly be registered. Lifeguards are probably going t be forced to restrict them from beaches during guard hours given they are 15lbs heavier and self propelled. Thats the platform I would use at a city council meeting!!!

  5. #15
    Thinking of getting one with remote control and chasing down sups!

  6. #16
    Jersey will def find a way to make you pay for these, so hopefully they'll stick to La Jolla.

  7. #17
    Quote Originally Posted by wet suit = no tourists View Post
    Thinking of getting one with remote control and chasing down sups!
    loaded up with diesel fuel and nitrogen based fertilizer?

  8. #18
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    looks like they come in multiple shapes....it looks like lazy man's surfing to me


  9. #19
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    check out 4:10...no skill required

    whats with SUPing with a hate on? maybe thats for another thread.

  10. #20
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    Surprisingly, very VERY few locals in SB surf. If they do, its the day of the decade. Sure, crowds come to the market and the S-turns, but you have to know someone to park where I park.
    Glad to hear that's still true... returning to VB for the summer... I love the secret spot that is in plain sight. No leash law, no crowd... only residents and Navy folk. It's not even secret just hard to access and most people are to lazy to try... "lets all go to Croatan!!!!!!!!"