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  1. #1
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    The Worst People to Surf Around

    All this local-centric talk lately has me thinking about who the worst people I've ever been around in the lineup are and where they are from. This is completely anecdotal, all about blanket statements and over-generalizations, so don't anyone take this personally and start whining about anything other than what I'm whining about. Got it?


    Worst People in the Lineup:

    1) Italians: They're always in Barbados, I have no freaking idea what attracts so many of them. I've had them repeatedly fade me, friends and locals I know down there. Seen them get called out of the water, slapped around, yelled at and they still don't seem to get it. The worst was one who almost landed on my head at Soup Bowl on a 3' OH day when I was tucking up under the lip.

    2) VA Beachers: I have never seen as many paddle-arounds and senseless paddle battles in one session than those around VA Beach locals and/or transplants. This goes way, way back to my grom years when Hotwax used to run a pro-am and I surfed the 17th St. comp a couple years and having to be around large groups of Vabeechers in the warmup areas. First time I have ever seen kids intentionally sit right underneath you to block you off waves. Not to mention every trip to the OBX I have ever been on--it's almost guaranteed if you have miles of beach to you and a couple buds a group of Vabeechers will paddle out right beside or on top of you. Hell, there are a couple transplants here who do the same thing to this day. They don't usually crowd me out too much because they know I'll just run over them now but they straight up harass my best friend sometimes

    3) UNCW Students (excluding Gnaractually, never met him in person but he seems like a standup dude): Beside the fact they all seem to think it's cute to drive down the right turn lane and cut in front of the line of people doing the proper thing waiting for the drawbridge at WB... even though this act of complete selfishness and disrespect relegates them to below rancid douche status in my book, I still think they are worse in the water. This definitely dovetails with the VA Beach factor somewhat, I'm sure. The problem with most UNCW surfers is they are "Summer Pros," and those who do surf in the winter suck just as bad too. It's almost guaranteed if someone ditches their board in front of you, cuts you off only to fall, paddles for the shoulder of the wave you're riding and getting in your way instead of duckdiving the whitewater behind you, back paddles you at Masonboro then has the audacity to ask for a ride on your boat back to WB and/or any other kooky thing you can think of--it's almost surely a UNCW student.





    So, what's everyone else's top 3 WORST PEOPLE TO SURF AROUND?

  2. #2
    Brazilians - admittedly a generalization based on just a few encounters, but inescapable.

    People who paddle repeatedly to the deepest spot, take priority, then blow the drop and come up yelling.

    Summer learners who you never see until May, then by the end of July they act like because they have just surfed with each other for 60 knee high days in a row, they are the local crew, bro-ing it up hard right on the peak.

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    Ahhh that was awesome, Erock. Oh, how's that basehead who lives behind the dumpster, behind the convenience store by your house doing these days?

    Top 3 people I don't want to surf by:
    1. Men
    2. Women
    3. Kids

    I don't discriminate. I don't want to be around any of y'all. OMG, just leave me alone......Go away, shooo.

    However, contrary to what I just said, I'm always nice to anybody I encounter. I usually say a hello. And I just love people who mumble something back or don't say anything......and that only happens in July......which is humorous.

    I wonder if I'll see that guy, who exercises for 30 minutes before hitting the 2 footers, again this summer. Actually, his routine lasts longer than that because he stares at it for ten minutes........sizing up those two footers. Like, 40 minutes dudes......as the tide continues to get worse and worse............

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    You're just not acting aggro enough. When someone tries to paddle around me to get onto the peak I chose for that day it never ends well for them. If they don't drop in on one set wave, it only takes one, I will not even look their way the next time I'll just drop in on them. I will let them know I'm going to do that by saying it, not to them exactly, more to myself, in a manner that might make them question my sanity, and then I do exactly what I said. Usually they were just going to pull out again anyway but I give them the excuse to at least act like they were a charger, you know, they would've went but I cut them off. It's a win win for both of us, I get the waves and they don't have to look like sissy's. Eventually they will take a mediocre wave that I wouldn't even blink at down the beach a ways, and having blown their muscles trying to keep on my peak in the first place it's doubtful I see them again. Of course there's always the next jabronbron that wants to challenge the champ.

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    Not to mention every trip to the OBX I have ever been on--it's almost guaranteed if you have miles of beach to you and a couple buds a group of Vabeechers will paddle out right beside or on top of you.
    Not sure about "a group of VA Beachers", but I know personally if I'm going down to OBX by myself, I generally don't like surfing alone, especially where there might not be anyone on the beach as well ... So yeah, if I see a group of guys in the water, I won't paddle right on top of them, but I would want to stay in somewhat close proximity so I'm not completely by myself ... and generally I try to hit up the various piers/groins where others will typically show up anyways at some point in the day.

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    All people that I don't know. I just don't like surfing near other people. If I had a boat, I would only surf capers island, because it is wilderness. I don't mind surfing with friends. We know eachother well and share waves. I don't like the unknown, like when some random dude paddles up to my spot. He could be cool, he could be a ****, I just never know what to expect. For that reason, I try to avoid people. Also, I am still learning, so I don't want to be near a really good surfer, call a wave, then blow the pop up. Not cool for them ad makes me feel bad. I hate cold water, but solitude was awesome in the winter. Many days I had the whole island to myself. I am sad to see the tourists flow in, but they do bring us money.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Erock View Post
    All this local-centric talk lately has me thinking about who the worst people I've ever been around in the lineup are and where they are from. This is completely anecdotal, all about blanket statements and over-generalizations, so don't anyone take this personally and start whining about anything other than what I'm whining about. Got it?


    Worst People in the Lineup:


    2) VA Beachers: I have never seen as many paddle-arounds and senseless paddle battles in one session than those around VA Beach locals and/or transplants. This goes way, way back to my grom years when Hotwax used to run a pro-am and I surfed the 17th St. comp a couple years and having to be around large groups of Vabeechers in the warmup areas. First time I have ever seen kids intentionally sit right underneath you to block you off waves. Not to mention every trip to the OBX I have ever been on--it's almost guaranteed if you have miles of beach to you and a couple buds a group of Vabeechers will paddle out right beside or on top of you. Hell, there are a couple transplants here who do the same thing to this day. They don't usually crowd me out too much because they know I'll just run over them now but they straight up harass my best friend sometimes
    your #2 is my #1. which makes it a horrible thing considering it's my closest break and, because of my bidniz, have only been able to go to OBX 3 times in 8 years. I was surfing at Tulin in CR early one morning. no one out for miles. I was spacing out while scanning the horizon for my next wave. I saw big one coming(23') turned to go and there was some schlubb sitting right in front of me. he took my wave. I paddled away from him and my buddy came up and told me he was from VB.
    #2, Joisey's
    #3, Californians/Canadians. Cali because they get waves everyday. Canadians because of their special "junket" price on airfare to CR. Both because of weed laws there.
    Last edited by chicharronne; May 18, 2013 at 02:35 PM.

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    1) Brazilians Surf Hawaii and you will know why.
    2) Californians Ditto
    3) That guy that paddles out right past you, turns around and catches the set wave all without getting his hair wet. Don't be that guy.
    4) Anyone who paddles out to someone elses break and wants to own it. Get in line, dude, you are surrounded by locals who put their time in 2-3 ft. windblown slop in January for the good days.

    Give respect. Get respect.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Erock View Post
    2) VA Beachers
    VBers are the single reason i gave up surfing s-turns & rodanthe while on hatteras island. so unnecessarily aggressive & they always seem to travel in packs. they don't make my top 3 least favorite people to surf around, but they share some common traits w/ my #1, which is:

    1) brazzos. unnecessarily aggro, disrespectful, & they refuse to adhere to any type of line up etiquette. i've never even been to brazil, but everywhere i've run into them, be it panama or the maldives, they've been god-awful to share the line up w/.

    2) SUPs. we've gone over this ad-nauseum, but w/ summer coming, it bears repeating. while i'm sure there are many SUP surfers out there who are competent, respectful, & a pleasure to share waves w/, none of them appear to exist in nj. all we have here are dangerous kooks who are only trying to get a lazy leg up on everyone else.

    3) back paddlers. i don't care who you are. if i'm in position & you paddle around me to get deeper, i'm still going to take off. that's poor behavior & unacceptable.


    i don't really mind the "summer bros" b/c as a general rule, they suck. even if i'm in the water w/ them (which is a rare thing, given my summer work schedule), they're pretty easy to surf around & avoid.

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    Inexperienced SUP'ers can be dangerous...no problem w/ the competent ones.