Was in Barbados a couple years ago. Freights was breaking decent. Left hand which can give long rides & dies in front of what is basically a cliff wall. Usually a mellow crowd, including many locals teaching classes, but also draws many decent surfers from 'town' who may not have time to haul up to Soup Bowl or Brandon's & the rest of it.
So, my buddy gets up on a nice wave which is sort of wrapping around to the left. Problem is, because of the odd wrap-around bend effect of the wave, buddy doesn't see the guy booming down on him from his right, from back around the bend, 'cause buddy is intently looking to the left as he rides.
Bang, bump, they both go flying as the guy doesn't flinch & slams into buddy. Their boards collide.
The guy comes up absolutely seething. Screaming (literally) at my buddy to get the hell out of the water, this is his break, calling buddy names, paddling furiously over towards buddy who's sitting on his board & continuing to scream at buddy. Buddy is sincerely apologizing over & over to the guy, telling him he didn't see him, it was buddy's mistake, et. al.
The guy doesn't care & the guy doesn't STF up. Gets really close to buddy.
Keeps screaming, in a French accent, to get the f*** out of the water, this is his break, respect the locals, leave now.
The French accent killed it for me. I mean, we're in Barbados, dude, on one of the most crowded breaks & this was clearly a screw-up by buddy & buddy has apologized 20x over.
So, I'm watching & enough is enough. I paddle over & look at the guy & say, sotto voce, no one's leaving the water, buddy apologized for his mistake, he's no rookie & he's no kook, he just totally eff'd up, you need to let it go & let's all get back to enjoying the surf. This isn't why anyone's out here. The guy stares at me for a couple seconds, then paddles off still steaming & spewing invectives.
15 mins later the guy makes a point of paddling over to buddy & apologizing for his comments, saying he has a bad temper & he understands that mistakes happen. The guy looks at me & just nods as he paddles off. All in all, a decent ending to a pretty f'ed up mistake by my buddy. Could have been a lot worse.
Of course, the rest of the trip I would say things to buddy like get the hello out of my rental car, and this is my island, you kook, so you pay the bill for these Banks beers..... of course, right ...?
So what's your surf rage saga ?
Last edited by snakepliskin; Nov 15, 2011 at 03:43 AM.