We get crap like this during summers in WB constantly on anything bigger than knee high. I'm not really phased by it now (used to get me heated back in middle school circa '92). Now on days like that (yesterday) I do several things in a specific order.
1) STAY AWAY from the packs. I know there are breaks where that's not possible, but in NC there's usually plenty of peaks. If it's less than chest-high (which is often here) I'm on a longboard. During the summer I'm on my beater longboard. I make a point to follow etiquette (trading sets, paddling back out around the peak, calling left/right, asking if someone is "going", etc)
2) If I'm dealing with a repeat offender (that insists on dropping in, snaking, wave hog repeatedly) I'll say in a nonchalant manner, "I thought I had that one." That does 2 things at once. a)It shows that I'm following etiquette and was going to go. b)I'm not going to just sit there and not call them out.
3) If they do it one more time I say, "Look, on the next set I'm just gonna to go."
4) It doesn't normally come to this, but the many brown spots on my beater speak for themselves. So I keep my word and go on the next set...regardless of their actions. I've run into boards, got my shins banged, pushed them off their board Mickey Dora style, had someone scream at me for a minute straight, etc.
Point is, most of the time it only gets to #2, sometimes #3. If it gets to #4 they're a **** (or deaf and inconsiderate) and are going to do whatever they want until someone stands up to them. LBC and Smithfield are right though, you've got to back it up. Not that waist-high summer chop is worth it, but eventually enough is enough.
Same here. In a crowd i never take back to backs, its just not a cool thing to do. Unfortunately there are wave hogs that ride shorts and longs. I'll put up with alot of crap but I have a decent quiver and an excellent ding guy so if your just gonna be an ass...... Well I'll just leave it at that.
I ride both long and short....and I as well sit out a bit farther because of the bigger board....but I have respect for the other guys in the line up. Been there done that. Days I took the shorty out when I should of had the longboard. There is no respect in the summer. People really don't get how surfing is anymore....use to be you could have 100 guys in the line up and everyone would rotate....now you get dropped in on, mess your boards up, etc....
To answer your question, if some kook dropped in on me, I would go Kaiser Sosa on his a$$. First I would invite him over and kill my family in front of him, just to prove that MY WAVES are more important than anything, and I would rather see my family die than to allow some kook to take ANY of my share of the surf. Second, I would kill all his dudebrobrahman friends, but leave him alive to tell all the other surfers in the lineup NOT to F with me.
I would paddle up to him and say, "hey man, can you spare a few waves for the rest of us please?"
I would cruise back to the crib, grab my 10-6 and sit out deeper than him and snake all his waves and everytime I paddled back out after a wave, tell him how I got pitted, so pitted.