Wow... such dissent... i am a self proclaimed kook... you can call me Kaptain Kook if you like... it is hard to feel insulted when the subtle nuances and mores of a certain subculture are foreign to the object of "ridicule"... to my knowledge i do my best to stay out of the way of the surfing populace... i can stand up on the board but am in no way a "surfer"... will i ever be one? who knows... not all of us kooks are the vacuous, knuckle dragging neanderthals who are bent on success on the waves with no regard for those around them... and i have also noted an example or two of thinly veiled threats of physical violence among these posts...Geezly Pete... are there not more waves coming??? can we not co-exist in the water, though, our skill levels(and maybe maturity levels) are seperated by wide degrees??? does the aggressive surfer crowd feel the need to denigrate others because of the widely held notion that all surfers are "Spicoli-esque" stoners who seek only waves, shirking the responsibilty that is life?... don't know... can we get along??? i hope so... intelligent, coherent, replies are welcome... if all you want to do is threaten and act hard, bring it... i can type too
you are not a kook then. you are doing it the right way. being humble and staying out of peoples way. unfortunately, there are way too many newbie who don't give a crap about those around which is when the there is a possibility of violence.
I like the idea of the Aloha spirit. I'm no great surfer, but I can paddle and catch waves. This summer at Nobadeer there was a gent my age (mid 50's) trying to catch waves on a foamie that was too short. I let him surf my longboard, and helped him catch his first wave on his own. I felt great about that . . . right board, a little encouragement, and he's one step closer to getting out of kook stage.