Why do surfers dislike bodyboarders? What is the logic, reason, or purpose for it?
I would like to hear from both side.....surfers and bodyboarders.
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May 4, 2012, 06:33 PM #1
Why do surfers dislike bodyboarders?
I dont like bodyboarders cause a pack of them killed my dog.... lol. I dont think that there is a general dislike of bodyboarders from surfers... but I do agree with surfsolo... I feel like there is a general consensus that bodyboarding takes less skill to enjoy the same waves that surfers do.
I'm a bodyboarder and I have friends who surf. Well at that.
However, I have inadvertently pissed off plenty of surfers in VA beach just from being in the line up! Doesn't really bother me though. None of them tough guys got much to say when they see how boof my pecs are.
On a serious note it's because bodyboarders drag their nuts. Disgusting.
Last edited by glassjaw; May 4, 2012 at 08:57 PM.
May 4, 2012, 08:39 PM #6
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May 4, 2012, 11:36 PM #8
At 16, I got into bodyboarding because I didn't have enough money for a surfboard and the east coast is what it is. Bought a Morey Boogieboard 156 with the logo branded in the skin. I met Tom Morey, and he's an amazing and brilliant guy. Still have that board and it's seen me through most of my life changes and has threaded all of them with the fun and thrill of surfing. My kids use it now. I've switched to surfing, and it was certainly more challenging and less forgiving. Having developed some proficiency at surfing, it seems the board you use is just a different tool for a different day.
I've had the good fortune of meeting and surfing with some amazing watermen on the west coast. Perhaps what is most astounding is none of them limit themselves. These guys bodysurf with fins, bodyboard, longboard, shortboard, SUP. They are all in the lineup. It doesn't matter. By the bathhouse is the surfers memorial: Paraphrased, it says:
This monument honors the past and present surfers who have embraced this beach, surf and comaraderie. Local surfers have shared their time, skills, and wisdom with all who have been interested in receiving them. Great surfers and fine men and women have grown up within this culture, and carry the positive traits learned here into their lives and those of the people around them. "Surf Well, Spread Aloha, Share Waves Without Judgement."
I'm sure glad these people had the time of day for a bodyboarder who wanted to learn to surf! Aloha!
May 4, 2012, 09:06 PM #10
"Surf Well, Spread Aloha, Share Waves Without Judgement." ----- Beautiful! Thank You!
Thanks to everyone who has responded so far.....I am grateful for your honesty.