Regardless of equipment, I personally don't believe that anyone should take more than his/her share of the waves on any given day. However, there have been plenty of threads here where people argue that it's OK for locals who "know the break well enough to stay at the peak" to take as many waves as they want every time they're out.
So let's see if I understand all of this correctly:
1. If I'm a local and I ride acceptable equipment (a shortboard?) I cannot be considered a wave hog.
2. If I ride a longboard or SUP I am a wave hog if I take more than my fair share of the waves.
OK, now I get it!
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Thread: SUP Etiquette 101
Mar 20, 2012, 07:23 PM #22
Mar 20, 2012, 07:33 PM #23
And I've seen plenty of people argue convincingly that at some places - say, at Pipe - staunch localism is a necessary part of the ecosystem, otherwise people would kill themselves surfing places they have no business trying.
Obviously localism exists in a lot of degrees and varieties, and we all have to deal with that. I don't expect the locals at a good break in Hawaii to be as chill as the locals at my crappy beach break in Texas.
Mar 20, 2012, 07:48 PM #25Senior Member
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I'll do my best to stop picking fights with the SUPers in the line up
Mar 20, 2012, 09:43 PM #26
Surfing and surfers are quite the social experiment!
Mar 20, 2012, 10:08 PM #27
Mar 20, 2012, 10:23 PM #28
I'll always let them paddle for a few waves. But, for example, after seeing the same guy continually flailing away way too far back on the board with the nose of the board six inches out of the water, I'm not gonna pass on waves I know he'll never catch. Better to give 'em a polite clue about what they are doing wrong.
Mar 20, 2012, 10:36 PM #29
Mar 20, 2012, 10:58 PM #30
Seems like common sense to me: beginners should surf at the beginner breaks before they paddle out at a prime spot and expect waves in a lineup full of better-than-average locals when the best spots are firing, and there's plenty of lesser waves down the beach. As I've said many times... you can debate the right and wrong of that, but that's just the way it is pretty much everywhere I know of. What "should be" and what ARE are totally different things. And if you are a beginner, and do think you are "entitled" to waves at the best spot on the best days, many would agree that YOU need to learn some etiquette.
But for the record... I get my share, and give my share... you'll just have to trust me on that one.
Last edited by LBCrew; Mar 20, 2012 at 11:05 PM.