Hittin the nail on the headIf you are sitting around in a crowd complaining about kooks, well, you may be a kook.
SUP's Have been around by since the 60's its not a new thing just made populare by Laird.
Surfer now adays are fixated on being good surfers rather than good watermen. If they did there would be less of this join the cool kids and hate Sup's stuff
Last edited by MATT JOHNSON; Aug 6, 2011 at 10:01 PM.
Just because SUPs are used to ride waves doesn't mean I need to embrace the SUP culture. Too many SUP riders are motivated to ride SUPs for the same reasons so many longboarders are motivated to ride longboards -- to catch more waves than the other guy. This is particularly the case for so many SUP riders. They are rather blatant about it. They are increasingly becoming a pain in the butt in Hawaii and Puerto Rico. Their sense of etiquette mostly does not exist. It is driven by greed and overcrowding in the surf. Many a SUP rider has told me they have moved to SUP to catch waves in the crowds.
SUP apologists want to afford them some kind of respect as a different waveriding tool, which is fine in theory. Surf mats have their place, Rod's paipos have their place (not hating, just illustrating!), and so on and so forth. The problem with admitting SUPs into the realm of legitimacy is that you're simultaneously making it OK to catch waves without any semblance of understanding of the lineup you're a part of, which seems pretty antithetical to the notion of a "waterman" to me (at least, what I assume it means).
Like Aquilles, I've got one, and it's a bunch of fun for exercise on flat days, but I'd sooner stop surfing than paddle into a lineup on the thing.
to answer your question, surfline did an entire feature on "watermen". and just a warning, there are bunch of SUP guys in there