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View Poll Results: Why do some short boarders insist on not wearing a leash?

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  • They have an acute need to show everyone they are the best surfers ever to grace the beach

    13 41.94%
  • According to them, they NEVER EVER EVER lose their board

    8 25.81%
  • They are self-important narcissistic phvktards

    9 29.03%
  • Gruvi doesn't wear a leash, so why should they?

    5 16.13%
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Thread: Leashes

  1. #11
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    give up surfing, those guys are going to beat you up everywhere you go now.

  2. #12
    Quote Originally Posted by njsurfer42 View Post
    by your own account, this happened at an uninhabited island, so it couldn't have been crowded.
    that's funny!

  3. #13
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    Uninhabited means no one LIVES on the island. It's not Gilligan's Island. Masonborro can still get crowded.

  4. #14
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    Quote Originally Posted by wave1rider65 View Post
    If you want to keep others from danger you would wear your leash........right???
    no, if you want to keep others from danger, you need to maintain control of your board at all times. that doesn't necessarily require the wearing of a leash. it does, however, require skill

  5. #15
    Unless you're sunny Garcia people that surf without a leash look like they can't afford one.

  6. #16
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    njsurfer42, almost everyone in the world knows about Masonboro Island. Any time there is a decent swell and the wind is out of the Northeast it is pretty much the only place to go around WB unless you want to drive more than a half hour. There is a large inlet jetty that blocks the wind and there are shoals offshore that focus peaks to one particular area. I guarantee you it is THE MOST crowded uninhabited island when you have swell and a Northeast wind. Yesterday, when this happened, it was close to shoulder-to-shoulder for the entire 400 or so yards where the swell focuses the best. It was also stomach-chest high + with some really fun barrels--far from a "small" day.

    For the other details I apparently left out: I was paddling out and the stickered up shredder tried to pull a reverse but failed to stick it--he was probably 15-20 feet in front of me. I didn't see his board (and also assumed he had a leash and the board would not make it anywhere near me) until right as I was getting ready to duckdive when it was literally right in front of my face. Luckily I got my head down and went under it. Make sense now?

    And as far as some people's opinions about the choices being BS..... ever heard of allegory? But, to make it plain and simple for those who need it--please refer to MFitz's comment. That's what I'm getting at. The percentage of people who can surf decent waves with no leash and not lose their board are either not trying anything or they are pros. People that do not wear a leash when it is crowded are idiots.

    Plus, seriously, what the hell are you doing in the water if the waves are so pathetically small that you can actually feel the drag of your leash?

  7. #17
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    Quote Originally Posted by mitchell View Post
    I've had a mini simmons (pretty sure thats the "chopped in half longboard" - actually a pretty accurate description ive shaped two of them - your describing) for a year now that has no leash plug. I've probably surfed it at least 30 seshs and i'm sure its never come close to hitting anyone. Surf it in small waves, surf in control, grab a different board if conditions indicate losing the board into others is a possibility. The poll makes no sense...those arent the reasons most people skip the cord.
    It's actually one of his arctail minis, only it's a twin, not a quad. I also see him surfing a single fin stubble. If you haven't checked out his link and you shape I highly recommend it. His shapes are something else.

  8. #18
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    Quote Originally Posted by Erock View Post
    njsurfer42, almost everyone in the world knows about Masonboro Island. Any time there is a decent swell and the wind is out of the Northeast it is pretty much the only place to go around WB unless you want to drive more than a half hour. There is a large inlet jetty that blocks the wind and there are shoals offshore that focus peaks to one particular area. I guarantee you it is THE MOST crowded uninhabited island when you have swell and a Northeast wind. Yesterday, when this happened, it was close to shoulder-to-shoulder for the entire 400 or so yards where the swell focuses the best. It was also stomach-chest high + with some really fun barrels--far from a "small" day.

    For the other details I apparently left out: I was paddling out and the stickered up shredder tried to pull a reverse but failed to stick it--he was probably 15-20 feet in front of me. I didn't see his board (and also assumed he had a leash and the board would not make it anywhere near me) until right as I was getting ready to duckdive when it was literally right in front of my face. Luckily I got my head down and went under it. Make sense now?

    And as far as some people's opinions about the choices being BS..... ever heard of allegory? But, to make it plain and simple for those who need it--please refer to MFitz's comment. That's what I'm getting at. The percentage of people who can surf decent waves with no leash and not lose their board are either not trying anything or they are pros. People that do not wear a leash when it is crowded are idiots.

    Plus, seriously, what the hell are you doing in the water if the waves are so pathetically small that you can actually feel the drag of your leash?
    ok, sounds to me like the guy was irresponsible not wearing a leash on a crowded day...not a big day, but crowded. so were you for assuming that the guy had a leash on. 15-20 is not that far...if his board is 6'0" & if he were wearing a leash it would've been around 6ft long. so that's 12ft from his ankle to the nose of his board. it kinda sounds like if he'd stuck the reverse you could've been in his way. personally, i would've been paddling like hell to get to the whitewater behind the guy so i wouldn't be risking my own safety or screwing up the guy's ride.

    & i have heard of allegory; i'm an english teacher. calling the choices you created for your highly biased poll allegory stretches the definition of the word to it's utter limits:

    allegory
    1. (Literary & Literary Critical Terms) (Fine Arts & Visual Arts / Art Terms) a poem, play, picture, etc., in which the apparent meaning of the characters and events is used to symbolize a deeper moral or spiritual meaning
    2. (Literary & Literary Critical Terms) (Fine Arts & Visual Arts / Art Terms) the technique or genre that this represents
    3. (Literary & Literary Critical Terms) (Fine Arts & Visual Arts / Art Terms) use of such symbolism to illustrate truth or a moral
    4. anything used as a symbol or emblem

    definition #3 is the only one that could be even remotely applied to your choices, but that's a stretch. if anything, it's a sad attempt at irony. but in reality, i think it's just bitter sarcasm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by njsurfer42 View Post
    ok, sounds to me like the guy was irresponsible not wearing a leash on a crowded day...not a big day, but crowded. so were you for assuming that the guy had a leash on. 15-20 is not that far...if his board is 6'0" & if he were wearing a leash it would've been around 6ft long. so that's 12ft from his ankle to the nose of his board. it kinda sounds like if he'd stuck the reverse you could've been in his way. personally, i would've been paddling like hell to get to the whitewater behind the guy so i wouldn't be risking my own safety or screwing up the guy's ride.

    & i have heard of allegory; i'm an english teacher. calling the choices you created for your highly biased poll allegory stretches the definition of the word to it's utter limits:

    allegory
    1. (Literary & Literary Critical Terms) (Fine Arts & Visual Arts / Art Terms) a poem, play, picture, etc., in which the apparent meaning of the characters and events is used to symbolize a deeper moral or spiritual meaning
    2. (Literary & Literary Critical Terms) (Fine Arts & Visual Arts / Art Terms) the technique or genre that this represents
    3. (Literary & Literary Critical Terms) (Fine Arts & Visual Arts / Art Terms) use of such symbolism to illustrate truth or a moral
    4. anything used as a symbol or emblem

    definition #3 is the only one that could be even remotely applied to your choices, but that's a stretch. if anything, it's a sad attempt at irony. but in reality, i think it's just bitter sarcasm.

    Definitely not a stretch for #3, but I will whole-heartedly agree with your last statement. Remember where I mentioned I have had run-ins with him in the past? I thought the choices were pretty funny myself, sorry you didn't take it that way. But, for the record, he was never going to land the reverse. 20 mph wind and he missed the grab, the wind took the board away from him by about the length of the leash which put it directly in front of me. Jeez, I need to get a GoPro and face it forward on my nose. That way I can just video it instead of having to explain every single little detail. But, let me know if there are still holes in my story. I'm going to work in the yard today and will try to correct them this evening. =P

  10. #20
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    Not using a leash improves your surfing and builds your confidence level after a while. You are more cognizant of the board and the way you are riding it, imo You tend to remember the mistakes you make when the consequence of falling is swimming to the beach for your board vice just popping up and grabbing it and continuing like nothing happened. I usually don't wear a leash if it's around or up to chest high and clean or even bigger if its not bumpy. Paddling is easier, too. I don't think It has much to do with looking cool.