Note: Waikiki on a small day, waves dont really break, specially down the line. Its normal for people to ride straight in and multiple people on one wave, on a small day...
no comment on the SUP'ers.... they are like kayakers. One of my friends rides a kayak and he rocks it, but he is also very very respectful, not wave hogging... they look fun, but those guys gotta chill on the hoggage!
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Thread: SUP Etiquette 101
Mar 20, 2012, 01:15 PM #11
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Mar 20, 2012, 02:52 PM #13
Gotta be careful in HI. Recently surfed in Kauai and there was an SUP'er in the line-up.
I caught a left close to the curl and was heading right down the line - dude dropped in right in front of me and I plowed straight into him. There was no way he didn't see me.
But given that he was twice my size and possibly local, I stayed cool about it. He kept out of my way the rest of the session.
But if I'd done the same thing there, pretty sure I'd have gotten pounded.
Mar 20, 2012, 04:00 PM #14
#1 thing i keep in mind when i'm out there is that i'm on a larger board and also carry a paddle so I know that if I get into crowds I need to be extra careful and of course respectful. Not everybody does this as a lot of SUP surfers don't have the background of shortboard surfing that I have, and therefore make a bad name for those of us who know what's going on out there. Bottom line, not everybody on an SUP is a moron, and not everybody on short board is either. We all have the same goals, which is to catch as many waves as possible, just use proper surfing etiquette when in the water, and don't be that guy who just assumes everybody on a SUP is just some newbie that doesn't have a clue...
Last edited by DawnPatrolSUP; Mar 20, 2012 at 06:05 PM.
this one time some kid told me I couldnt surf a break that I've been surfing at for 25+ years because only locals were allowed to surf there.... By the way, I've lived in the same place my whole life...
Mar 20, 2012, 04:33 PM #16
I live in the Tampa Bay area of Florida, but I drive 2hrs each way almost every weekend to the East Coast (Ponce Inlet / New Smyrna), or at least those weekends that have surf, been doing it for like 15-16 years, technically i don't live there, but i probably surf that break more than some of the locals, so it's just a matter of perspective.
Last edited by DawnPatrolSUP; Mar 20, 2012 at 06:07 PM.
Mar 20, 2012, 04:37 PM #17
In my mind the bigger issue is that some SUP'ers (and longboarders for that matter) abuse the advantage of the bigger board. I think the problem many people have with SUP'ers is that, if you get a few inconsiderate ones at a break, all of the sudden almost every good wave is already being ridden by the time they reach the place where the surfers are lined up. Same deal with the guy on the 11' longboard who sits way outside and grabs every decent wave on smaller days.
Mar 20, 2012, 04:50 PM #18
I find when you are generous but yet still going after it everybody wins, plus it creates for a chill vibe in the water. Nothing worse then a bunch of dudes fighting over a wave, when there are thousands more coming behind it.
Last edited by DawnPatrolSUP; Mar 20, 2012 at 06:10 PM.
Mar 20, 2012, 04:52 PM #19
I love to see somebody on a SUP that knows what they are doing. A cutback on those big a$$things is something to see. The problem is 90% of them have no clue and are like tanks coming at you skull. So with that said I just move on and take less of a wave somewhere else as opposed to worrying about it. Not saying others should do that just my way of enjoying my time.
Mar 20, 2012, 05:39 PM #20
But I think it's important that the OP understands that no matter what you wish surfing to be, it is what it is, and you have to function within those norms. In the absence of violent localism, the only thing we have is etiquette to keep some sense of order in an otherwise unregulated arena.