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  1. #71
    Quote Originally Posted by fins369 View Post
    Your explanation of how to measure a wave made my morning. thank you. not because it was right, or accurate, or even remotely close to how any experienced surfer measures waves, but because it made me laugh so hard i started choking on my cheerios.

    And whoever called you Sheldon Cooper, gold...
    Was that before or after you were choking on phallic objects?

  2. #72
    Quote Originally Posted by Erock View Post
    Emass, I gave you an opinion and you come back with some snarky Star Wars BS? Come on dude, wasn't an attack....
    Don't share your "opinions" that border on a judgment on a person unless you're prepared for the response.

    You know what they say about opinions...

  3. #73
    Quote Originally Posted by yankee View Post
    That's funny. Even if you did recycle it.

    Listen, kid, if you're that sensitive / snarky you are gonna get your teets lit up on this forum by guys who are way better than me at forum ripostes.

    But, hey, sparky....."Have it your way"...! (playing off your fast food shtick)
    Recycle it from where? Neither comprehension nor composition of the written word trouble me, unlike some denizens of this forum. Have you seen Idiocracy with Luke Wilson? I think that's the communication that's necessary to get points across to some on here.

    I put an honest post up about an eye-opening and fairly traumatic experience and get hammered by ****he@d responses in a matter of minutes yet I'm sensitive for refusing to take verbal abuse. It's called self-respect and the fact that I don't tolerate BS like that from people I don't treat so poorly.

    And what are "ripostes"? Some cool surfing technique I just don't know about?

  4. #74
    Quote Originally Posted by delawaredell View Post
    God, what a waste of time. I didn't read your novels but take some advice, quit blabbering, stop dwelling, and get out and surf.

    a few things:
    - Beginners will always have less comfort level in the water the first time out than you think they will... maybe they are a good swimmer, maybe they are good in the ocean even... but you add a board, wetsuit, a leash and balance, that changes the ball game. Be smarter in the future.
    - Study the conditions before you go out. read about rips and jetties. Stand there and talk to the beginner about what you see before going out. It might seem simple to you, but it's a whole new world for them.
    - Don't rely on surf forecasts, and be your own judge when you get there (no offense swellinfo, you're on point)
    - Think about what you post... "I didn't have time to write a short letter so I wrote a long one." - Mark Twain
    I am getting out and surfing. 16 of the last 17 days. 110+ hours in the last 90 days. Each day I go out with a specific plan on techniques I'm working on that day so I have the most refined basics possible. If the waves or conditions aren't conducive to getting reps on that move, I identify another thing to work on because there are always parts of our game we can work on each day.

    - To your first point, fully agreed.
    - Second point, completely correct. I read about those things each day and try to learn as much as I can about them. I print out a tide chart, take notes on what I saw each day at my local breaks and at what tides and other stats. I also have an old school barometer that I compare the report with.
    - Third, correct again. With how fast and drastic things can change (especially at the spots I go), there is no substitute for live observation.
    - I do think about what I post. My longer posts clearly take time and they're detailed to give the full picture to those I'm asking for a response. The problem is that several on here don't think about what they post. Some also sit back as an armchair quarterback and fire away at people without reading all the prior posts in the thread to gather facts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EmassSpicoli View Post
    Don't share your "opinions" that border on a judgment on a person unless you're prepared for the response.

    You know what they say about opinions...

    Lest you forget you started this thread ASKING FOR OPINIONS ON THE SITUATION?

    Quote Originally Posted by EmassSpicoli View Post
    I'm interested to hear your thoughts on this as well as similar experiences you've all had
    Hayseus Christo, stay of the freaking yayo!

  6. #76
    You write an essay about how you brought your friend out in solid surf when he can't surf. You say you want to teach him balance and paddling in 2-3 footers. But there is the occasional 9' wave (which did not exist in the NE on Sunday. I don't care what the other guys in the lineup said). Was the plan to dodge the 8'-9' waves while surfing the 2'-3' waves?
    You seem to get defensive about some responses (ie. Erock saying you over estimated your ability). I don't think he intended to offend you. Your description makes it sound that way.... Did you only want to hear that you did a great job and to keep it up? If you don't want true opinions don't ask for them

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    Quote Originally Posted by nynj View Post
    You seem to get defensive about some responses (ie. Erock saying you over estimated your ability). I don't think he intended to offend you.

    Originally I had no intention of offending him. It's different now, he's a proven Masshole.

  8. #78
    Quote Originally Posted by zaGaffer View Post
    Spicoli, I think that with this thread you've probably managed to piss off some of the nicer and more helpful posters on this forum. I would expect that you never get a helpful reply to a post again, nor would you deserve one. Respect and humility go a long way in the line up and out of it. It's the rubric. Did I use that right?
    If they are the "nicer and more helpful posters on this forum" then I fear for those they are superior to. Look guy, I gave an honest recap of an event that was a lot to take on many levels and opened myself for potential criticism in the effort to turn to vets I considered to respectfully pass on knowledge as I was sure everyone had been in something similar at some point. Instead, I got a firing squad of condescending a$$hole responses (in between some very helpful) that were very inflammatory, several of which fired away before even reading the facts of the situation and then putting words in my mouth.

    The first punches of disrespect were thrown by many on here, not me. If you look at my second post, it followed a battery of condescension yet I still had the patience to stay on topic and not make anything personal. You'd have to go back and read to see where the disrespect began and by whom, but it's obvious that reading previous posts before posting yourself is not a pastime some share on here.

    Until this debacle, I had been maintaining a positive existence on this forum and happy to be here which could be seen by my posts. I still like this forum but it's clear who to keep distance from.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EmassSpicoli View Post
    I am getting out and surfing. 16 of the last 17 days. 110+ hours in the last 90 days. Each day I go out with a specific plan on techniques I'm working on that day so I have the most refined basics possible. If the waves or conditions aren't conducive to getting reps on that move, I identify another thing to work on because there are always parts of our game we can work on each day.

    - To your first point, fully agreed.
    - Second point, completely correct. I read about those things each day and try to learn as much as I can about them. I print out a tide chart, take notes on what I saw each day at my local breaks and at what tides and other stats. I also have an old school barometer that I compare the report with.
    - Third, correct again. With how fast and drastic things can change (especially at the spots I go), there is no substitute for live observation.
    - I do think about what I post. My longer posts clearly take time and they're detailed to give the full picture to those I'm asking for a response. The problem is that several on here don't think about what they post. Some also sit back as an armchair quarterback and fire away at people without reading all the prior posts in the thread to gather facts.
    My suggestion to you is to incorporate some fun into your surfing routine. You speak of all the hours you've logged like you're filling out a timesheet and you mentioned work three times in your last post. Practicing and progressing are great but let's not forget the point here. Are you earning $$$ from your hours in the water?

    No? Me neither.

    So after all your hours you've logged and work you've put in what do you have to show for it? A badge of honor so you can vibe the dude next to you because he obviously doesn't work as hard as you and couldn't possibly love surfing like you love surfing? Come, on man. You may need to smoke some spicoli special or find another release. I'm never as pent up after surfing as you are. We do this for the joy of being in the water and the rush of harnessing a piece nature's power I recommend you do the same.

  10. #80
    Quote Originally Posted by nynj View Post
    You write an essay about how you brought your friend out in solid surf when he can't surf. You say you want to teach him balance and paddling in 2-3 footers. But there is the occasional 9' wave (which did not exist in the NE on Sunday. I don't care what the other guys in the lineup said). Was the plan to dodge the 8'-9' waves while surfing the 2'-3' waves?
    You seem to get defensive about some responses (ie. Erock saying you over estimated your ability). I don't think he intended to offend you. Your description makes it sound that way.... Did you only want to hear that you did a great job and to keep it up? If you don't want true opinions don't ask for them
    Read before you write. The 9 footers were a week prior on a Friday night at one certain break at a certain time near sundown. Did a handful of 7-8 footers emerge right by the rock jetty during the time we were stuck in it? Yes. Does that mean that there were any sustained 7-8-9 foot waves or even anything close the rest of the day for the other 90% of the beach front? No.

    I wanted the feedback of many on here. Perhaps I was naive to think that it could be delivered with some level of respect and decency. Where I come from, you don't talk like that to people that you've never met or haven't done you wrong. And if you do, then you deal with their ensuing response.