Its only the second week of May and i'm already done with the benny's. So i was surfing with a few friends of mine yesterday in some small but fun waves when i was riding a wave and some old guy with an ancient longboard decides to stand right in my line of fire and not even attempt to move. i didnt see him because my back was turned but my friend told me this guy just stood there watching me come right at him until we hit eachother. I got a pretty decent sized ding in my pretty new board (christmas present) and confronted the guy about it. Im 18 years old so naturally filled with adrenaline, but did my best to be respectful to the guy but he was just an absolute kook. He started telling me the i shouldnt have been surfing there and that NJ doesnt have any waves anyway so i shouldnt have even cared about my board. He then started getting in my face while telling me to back off or he was going to call the cops. Basically nothing productive occured from it except me left with with a big ding in my baby from some kook who couldnt even ride 2 foot white water. I guess i just needed to rant about this somewhere where people could feel my pain haha...
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early summer benny accident
your back was turned? this must have taken place in all of 2 seconds... not saying you're at fault btw, Im just saying it sounds like this could have just been a perfect accident.... no one to really blame.
as for the dudes attitude... no comment. sucks about the board. get it fixed asap and move on.
May 13, 2012, 05:03 PM #3
an eye for an eye...his board better have a ding in it too
Happens all the time..we were all dumb kooks at some point, so have some respect. I've had similar things happen to me even on brand new boards and I just let it go because surfing is about respect and being happy. The last thing I want to be viewed as is a disrespectful teenage hothead in the lineup. Nobody likes those kinds of kids. Just because he didn't get out of the way doesn't make him a kook either, as we all know it isn't easy to dodge a guy coming down the line. I've f***ed up tons of dudes rides just by being in the wrong place at the wrong time..I happens to the best of us from time to time.
May 14, 2012, 12:01 AM #6
remember, folks: the rider on the wave has right of way. it is not his/her responsibility to avoid you, it is YOUR responsibility to avoid the rider! if that means paddling into the whitewater & taking the wave on the head, so be it!
still its nice that you tied to keep your cool though
I don't understand, if he was just standing there, and you were riding a 2 foot wave why not go around him? Granted that may have kept you from getting the best ride possible on the wave but that would have been better than dinging your board.
May 13, 2012, 06:01 PM #9Junior Member
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longer can't determine which way a shorty is going to launch but, he should be paddling in some direction to get out of the way instead of just catching rays.