how about when you are sitting on your own spot, a good 50 ft from the crowd, a set comes (visible far in the horizon) and half of that pack scrambles on top of you to cut you off? THAT sh*t gets me. After about 20 minutes of that at rodanthe pier monday I packed up and rolled south. Had a great time AND ended up finding a better wave, that I didn't have to share. Moral of this story: "none of us like each other"
Ha ha, in the water or walking towards the water that is very true.Moral of this story: "none of us like each other"
b4 the SUP dude gets rolled in the video, the one guy almost falls on his face with his board on the rocks....haha..that reminded me of one day last year, I was running down the beach, so excited to get in the water with board in hand and I tripped and fell flat on my face and all these people were sitting there, they had to be laughing their asses off at me, but I was laughing too...anyway paddled out and caught a nice wave within the first couple minutes out...looked back at the beach at the people that were laughing and was like "What suckas!" lol ....
Last edited by Koki Barrels; Aug 12, 2011 at 03:15 AM.
"classic" somebody has watched the Mickey Dora vids from Malibu back in the day! I almost did that to a sponger at Boca Baranca... he turned and looked right at me as he was paddling in to the wave and dropped in to the wave right in front of me. decided not to as I was in CR and he was a tico even if he was a kid.
I agree that most SUpers and Kiters are total yuppie / kooks that need a major lesson in wave etiquette ......when I happen to be on my stand up ,or Kite, with other surfers around, all I can do is be as respectful as I am when I prone surf.....
The worst is the inconsiderate people in the water. I won't even call them surfers and they might not even be in the water yet. Out of the water they leave their cars/ trucks running while checking the surf. They smoke butts and flick or bury them in the sand. They sit on the inside as if there is a sentry line protecting the inside and all take off at once flapping their arms as if they are going to take off shredding a 1 foot summer time slop wave.
SUP is not going away and right now its the newest thing to pick on about crowding. I've surfed for 25 years and have gone to SUP for something different and a way to get down the coast to waves that prone surfers are not going to paddle to.
When anybody hogs its a bad thing and they should be made aware that its not cool. And IMO that means any way possible. Yell, talk, paddle over to and yell, just do it and stop complaining here. Some of that old style justice goes a long way to educate and embarrass some one into not being a jerk in the water.
Just because you see a SUP in the water doesn't mean that person is a wave hog or a kook. Our crew has about 8 guys that have surfed for a long time and SUP is another way to be out on the water. We take waves and give waves, wait for our turn at the peak.
SUP is here to stay so give it a try and you just might find out how fun it is. Fish from it, long flatwater paddles, race, or just chill with your woman out on the water with a great view as she is staying in shape too.
But regardless of any argument about their place in the pantheon of waveriding tools, when they enter the lineup and start surfing where I surf, I, for one, am not pleased by the idea that they're "here to stay". They're weapons that are usually wielded by people who can't control them; a kook on an SUP is many orders of magnitude more dangerous than a kook on a shortboard or even a longboard. Off the top of my head, the best analogy I can think of is that the vast majority of SUP riders are like teenagers being given a commercial driver's license and a semi: they may be able to get it down the road, but it's certainly not going to be safe and at some point they're going to assume that they can tap the brakes and just stop. Not happening. Sure, there are very skilled truckers out there, but they don't just hop into an 18 wheeler and start driving. The same OUGHT to be true of SUPs, but just isn't. And until it is, the vast majority of unsafe, inconsiderate fools that ride the things will tarnish the reputation of those that are actually OK to share a peak with.
Bottom line - if you want SUPs to be accepted, educate your brethren so they're not like idiots who've never driven before hopping into semis. Don't waste your words trying to convince others that it's a legitimate form of surfing... show us by increasing the general level of competence.
Just wait until SUP'ers takeover the Indian River Inlet Northside Longboard coral picking off all the outside waves en mass.