What pumpmaster and SoCO Mofo or whatever the F#ck his name is is saying is true. That's reality. People want what we have-the ocean. However, can the influx be stopped? no? Can it be policed? It can and it should. If you can't catch waves at a certain peak because A) Your ability is lacking for the conditions, B) Your not a regular C) The other surfers are "hogging" the peak because of A and B, then move to a different break!!! This isn't friggin Hawaii or Puerto Rico, it's New Jersey. Find some beach break. You and every one else will be better for it and you'll have more fun. And guess what? This applies to me! I'm 42 and now live and work in PA. Grew up in Sea Isle, spent my 20s living and surfing in Rincon, PR. I teach MMA. No land lubbin, Kook am I!
HOWEVER, I now know that I am like the old lion that can no longer catch the zebra. Cast out by the pack. But I still know how to have fun. I just go find a jetty or a small peak with no one else out and surf with a big smile on my face.
Moral is: Know your place, don't be a dumb a$$, give the locals the respect they deserve.
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Thread: surfing etiquette
Dec 6, 2011, 02:51 PM #41
Dec 6, 2011, 03:06 PM #42Senior Member
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Dec 6, 2011, 03:14 PM #43
A dikhead is a dikhead... no matter how long they've lived somewhere. Paddle around me one too many times and I'll make sure to ruin your session, too. Why should I be the only one? Tough sh!t for the both of us then.
Dec 6, 2011, 03:17 PM #44
Dec 6, 2011, 03:19 PM #45
Dec 6, 2011, 03:59 PM #46
Sometimes dogs get along with each other, sometimes they fight.
I'm glad that there are people posting that have both viewpoints and I really do understand both sentiments. I'm a sad and landlocked man -- live in Baltimore and I work super hard all week teaching kids in Baltimore City so I can only make it to the beach on weekends. I'm not asking for you to push me into waves because of that or to pull out of 1/2 of the waves so I can get my share while we're sitting near each other. Nah, I'll work for mine, too. However, I really do enjoy it when I get the chance to surf with a local (or a non-local for that matter) who is out there for the very same reason I am, to enjoy being in the ocean and to have fun with the wonderful gift we've been given.
It's even better to have a conversation or two out in the lineup, to trade stories and ideas about the spot we're both allowed (and privileged) to surf WHILE competing for and catching waves. Local or non-local, we're all humans out there, and the ocean is equally NOT ours. Call me what you will, but I truly believe that, and I would challenge anyone on either side of the argument to disagree that the ocean should not possessed by any of us. If you think the waves should only be for locals, welcome to Hollister Ranch! Enjoy the waves that NONE of us on this forum will ever be able to surf without a boat or a prayer.
But you're right, Pumpmaster, surfing is not a group hug. On the other hand, if it's the exact opposite of that for you, I would simply say that it seems like you and I take COMPLETELY different things away from the few hours we spend in the ocean. I walk away with a peacefulness that I can't find elsewhere. I also walk away with a feeling of great happiness from catching a handful of waves and making a few smooth turns on my -- gasp -- LONGBOARD.
All of that said, I'm happy that we ALL found surfing, regardless of where we live or when it happened. See you guys in the water.
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Dec 6, 2011, 04:25 PM #48
Keilsun, it sounds like you are smart enough to know to find your own peak. Good for you!
Dec 6, 2011, 05:07 PM #49Senior Member
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i find it helps to remember that the wave you're paddling for or riding isn't your last. there will always be more so getting aggro over any one wave just isn't worth it. and that's true for everyone from the wave hogs to the beginners and everyone in between.
Dec 6, 2011, 05:15 PM #50