Not to hijack this thread, but I'm going to anyway. I'm headed to Seattle in August to meet up with a friend and head for the mountains, but was considering surfing while I'm out there. He said that locals can be a bit territorial out that way, though he doesn't surf...just picked it up through hearsay. Any surfers out there care to lay out what it's like out there culture-wise?
I'm an intermediate surfer and am of course respectful in any line up, particularly if I'm the stranger in the bunch.