i don't really give a crap about golf, so i have no opinion one or another & couldn't even say that i understand the comparison.
if a person is riding a longboard to prolong their surfing career rather than keeping themselves fit, then yes, i have a problem w/ that. my father's 66, just had a total knee replacement, & still rides a shortboard most of the time & out paddle guys more than half his age. that just goes to show that if you keep yourself fit & healthy, you don't need to switch to a longboard as you age unless you choose to. & at that point, it's a crutch. same goes for SUKs, those huge 7S superfish, & the rest of that breed of weekend warrior friendly "design".
let me be absolutely clear: i have absolutely NO beef w/ longboarders. if that's what you want to ride, great. very few people ride one well, particularly when it comes to old-skool noseriders. they are not easy to ride well & i have great respect for those who can & do. but to say that you need one as you age or that it's "the call" in over-head groundswell shows a lack of vision & (to me) a lack of knowledge of board design. w/ all the advances in volume distribution, templating, & foil, the days of the longboard as the only option in small or gutless surf is over, ditto for overhead, heaving winter groundswell. a little searching will turn up countless options.
Why does everyone care what other people ride or if the know how to ride correctly or not. As long as someone is not dropping in on your why do you care what they do? Surfing is not a competition its just a way to enjoy the ocean.
well, like you said, thats your problem, not the person who is riding a longboardif a person is riding a longboard to prolong their surfing career rather than keeping themselves fit, then yes, i have a problem w/ that.
I'm 40, when I was in my early 20s, there hardly were (compared to now) any longboards or longboarders around. Lesser-skilled tended to ride bodyboards. I never even rode one until I was 30. My smallest board is a 6 6 and I've had awesome sessions on it within the past year in 8-10 12 sec+ ft tropical stuff right in my backyard. I don't mind mocking of longboarders, I just think its funny reading people in their 20s doing it, knowing I could trade off for their 6 2 elf slipper chip and still own their asses in any conditions.
i've already said that the longboard has its place in the line up & the quiver of the east coast surfer. hell, i own a 9'6" & ride it fairly frequently.
I watched a handful of guys last night hopping up and down on their shortboards, trying to eek out rides on a day when the conditions were clearly best suited for a log. At one point I said to my wife, "They'd be having more fun if they weren't on the wrong boards. They'd be getting 50 yard noserides on a longboard."
I went home, pulled out the log, went back, and did just that.
And some loudmouth kook who wouldn't shut up about "how much pu$$y he gets at Bar A" called me "Robert Augustine." Ha! He was a funny guy.
Last edited by LBCrew; Jun 1, 2012 at 12:04 PM.
I hope you dropped in on him. When I was single one way we used to rate female attractiveness was "is she actually hot or, 'Bar A on a Sunday' hot'?And some loudmouth kook who wouldn't shut up about "how much pu$$y he gets at Bar A"