2. SUPing is awesome! I mean, I'm a surfer true and true but I tried SUPing about a month ago after a few years of scoffing it. As mentioned, it is fun because you can catch the smallest of waves. Additionally, I enjoy paddling out about a quarter of a mile or so and sitting on the board meditating. Very peaceful. Finally, if it's flat, at least you can still be in the water. I suggest trying it if you haven't done so.
3. Lifeguards are just like anyone else. Some nuts, some normal. The ones that surf are usually pretty decent though.
4. As an instructor for the AC Surf School, we spend about a half hour on the beach explaining ocean safety and surfing etiquette. I think it's why we do so well. People appreciate the knowledge and not just being thrown in the water. Why other schools don't teach these things is beyond me. They just churn out kooks that either get in the way or injure themselves and others. It's a shame really.
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Thread: East coast kook questions
Aug 2, 2012, 05:47 PM #11Member
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Aug 2, 2012, 05:56 PM #12
Ask the Sebastian Inlet Crew if jetties really work.
Aug 2, 2012, 06:05 PM #13
SUP...killer excercise head to toe...literally. When it's flat as hell like it usually is down where i'm at...a sup is a great way to mess around in the water and be on a board. but those morons who are clueless and just create a messed situation on SUPs when there are actual waves need to take it somewhere else...preferably like 10 feet out of the way. welcome to the east coast man...as much as it sucks just remember one simple thing...you could always be landlocked
Aug 2, 2012, 06:21 PM #14
Aug 2, 2012, 06:36 PM #15Senior Member
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Thanks for the response about the Jetty's. I thought a jetty wouldn't make a difference because the ocean floor is still sand, not rocks or reef. You learn something new everyday so now I will seek out jetty.
Yes, SUP's are fun. I have one. The problem here isn't surfers going to use a SUP (they understand etiquette), the problem is people who just use an SUP and cruise around. They don't understand things about lineups, etc. Those are the people I'm having a problem with.
The lifeguards are crazy on the east coast. I was kicked out of the water two times. One time, I was throwing a bottom turn and some little kid dropped in on my wave. I didn't stop and then the lifeguards came over and threw me off the beach. The other time, an SUP just cut me off. I stopped though, yelled at the guy, and he went over to the lifeguards. 5 seconds later.. I was kicked off the beach.
Rescue tubes > lifeguards. Just install these:
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Aug 2, 2012, 07:00 PM #18
I hope everyone who keeps bashing SUP has actually tried it. I have not had the chance to try it, but I am going to give it a shot before I share my thoughts; positive or negative. I feel like SUP does not get the credit it deserves, as people are so quick to dog it to "fit in" with your cool and tough buddies.
I know some smarta$$ is going to "reply with quote" and say "I hate SUPs because they get in my *way* and they say that I'm softer than my soft top, etc." Every SUP, like every surfer, controls their own actions - not all SUP'ers are going to get in your way and so forth.
The same goes for lifeguards - not every lifeguard is going to be a "buzzkill." Don't let one (or more) bad experiences generalize other lifeguards forever. Bad vibes go a long way.
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Aug 2, 2012, 07:09 PM #19
I tried out an SUP for the first time recently. Definitely had fun on it. Was at a beach where the waves only broke on the sand bar at low tide and turned into shore break at high. With an SUP, was able to ride the high tide bumps over the bar without them ever breaking.
Balance wasn't much of an issue, but paddling and getting into position on a wave was much more challenging than I would have thought.
I enjoyed just paddling up and down an empty beach and riding in bumps as they came. Pretty mellow experience.