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    Wave priority

    Call me a nerd, but I'd like to set things straight... and it made me feel a lot better having done this.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CL2hw2BrVUg

    Posting this to clarify the "unspoken rule" of surfing. I've been surfing for about 7 months now, self taught. I try really hard to respect other surfers out there - especially since I still consider myself a beginner-intermediate. I'm at that level now where I want to advance and catch bigger waves while still having fun.

    This particular wave was my last one of the day after being out there for about 2.5 hours. I backed out of a lot that day letting the more experienced surfers catch them. But I thought for sure this was my wave. As you can see, I look to see if any riders are on it and after seeing no one up, I figured this wave was fair game so I caught it. About halfway through my awesome ride, this guy cut me off and as I turned around to look I fell. It was his last wave too, so I decided to calmly tell him on shore that what he did was pretty cheap and it was clearly my wave. He got extremely offended and started cussing me out. I held my ground but wasn't about to exchange punches so I explained my position and walked away.

    I'm posting this purely to see if I was in the wrong. If so, I'll accept it and become a better surfer. If not, then I'll know when to push back on waves that are rightfully mine.

    Any feedback is greatly appreciated.

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    I think you may have it wrong.

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    he had priority because he was deeper than you.you probably didn't think he was going to catch it so you went. remember always look to your left or right before going and be sure no one is there. your learning everyone does it at some point.

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    was he up on the wave the same time as you or did he get up once you were down the line. If he got up the same time you did then he was in the right, if he didn't then he was in the wrong but hey welcome to surfing where it is survival of the fittest.

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    thanks for the help guys.

    I did look but saw that no one was on it.

    was he up on the wave the same time as you or did he get up once you were down the line.
    It seems like he wasn't up first, and in the video I think it shows that i was standing first. Hate to be nit-picking. Anyways, I thought that was the rule and will just continue to try to earn respect out there.

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    It seems like he wasn't up first, and in the video I think it shows that i was standing first. Hate to be nit-picking. Anyways, I thought that was the rule and will just continue to try to earn respect out there.
    Without a doubt you were in the wrong in that situation. My advise, don't surf swami's with only 7 months experience. Go somewhere else that allows you to catch twice as many waves and not worry about cutting people off.

    You were lucky the guy let you get off with just some words after you cut him off, then went to the beach and gave him crap about it. Remember, a lot of people have been surfing for 20+ years and don't want some prick, kook with 7 months experience, a gopro and a fun shape telling them how to surf. Especially if they were just cut off on their last wave.
    Last edited by ecoastprock; Mar 7, 2013 at 03:20 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ecoastprock View Post
    My advise, don't surf swami's with only 7 months experience. Go somewhere else. . .
    I had to watch it again. Next time, let him go around you and count yourself lucky that you fell instead of getting pushed. If you had kept your cool, he woulda just zoomed right on by. Here's a mantra for you, "I am only an egg." And take a deep breath.


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    Quote Originally Posted by zaGaffer View Post
    I had to watch it again. Next time, let him go around you and count yourself lucky that you fell instead of getting pushed. If you had kept your cool, he woulda just zoomed right on by. Here's a mantra for you, "I am only an egg." And take a deep breath.

    with a flop like that, dude could have serious NBA potential.

    why are you at swami's if you dont know what a drop in is?

    socal sucks.

    la hoya shores, la joala shores, whatever you wanna call it, thats your spot, ev.
    Last edited by cackedinri; Mar 7, 2013 at 04:53 AM.

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    Another one of these huh?
    Last edited by Kahuna Kai; Mar 7, 2013 at 01:01 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by evandj View Post
    thanks for the help guys.

    I did look but saw that no one was on it.



    It seems like he wasn't up first, and in the video I think it shows that i was standing first. Hate to be nit-picking. Anyways, I thought that was the rule and will just continue to try to earn respect out there.
    Swarmies.

    Dude, you can clearly see homie over your left shoulder at 11 seconds. It's a right. It's his wave, unless he blows it, in which case it was yours.

    Oh yeah, this means nada, "It seems like he wasn't up first, and in the video I think it shows that i was standing first."
    Last edited by zaGaffer; Mar 7, 2013 at 03:24 AM.

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