I just had an encounter with a very nice surfer out in the lineup today.
Lately I've been using my dad's board and I'm not totally used to it yet. Today the waves were a little smaller than they have been the last couple times I went out and as the tide came up I was having trouble catching as many waves as I'm usually able to catch because the waves weren't forming up as nicely.
I guess my frustration was showing because an older surfer came up to me and politely asked "may I make a suggestion?" I said sure and he told me that I'd paddling for the waves lying too far back on the board. I guess I wasn't properly trimmed as I was paddling for waves and that's why I was having trouble. Sure enough I started paddling a little further forward and it made a world of difference.
I'm not an amazing surfer but I'm also not a beginner. It was a little embarrassing to have made such a "rookie mistake," but it was really nice that there was somebody in the water nice enough and polite enough to point it out in a non-judgmental way. I guess sometimes it's hard to see what you're doing wrong when you're in the moment.
Anyway, I just figured I'd share this because I thought it was an instance of "this is how surfing's supposed to be."
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Thread: Nice people.
Jun 19, 2013, 10:21 PM #1Member
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Jun 19, 2013, 11:17 PM #2Senior Member
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as the local prick at my local break,i most always try to help people struggling.it's the kooks who want to compete with me or don't heed my advice on getting out of the way that suck.so yeah,we are nice,in a direct sort of way.
Jun 19, 2013, 11:44 PM #3
Good stuff, if everybody was that way in the water it would be better for all
It will change your surfing forever
To keep the nice vibes alive, here is another paddle pro tip that someone once advised me when i was younger.. DON'T LET YOUR FEET DRAG IN THE WATER WHEN YOU PADDLE..
yes- i totally agree- it makes your session so much better when the vibe is good! Why dont we all do that??? maybe summer would not be so bad with all the summer pros if we just stepped out and offered some friendly advise or just encouragment! like hooting them on when they drop into a good wave.
Jun 20, 2013, 02:05 PM #6
Good vibes are great. But to go off on a tangent...I never know when to give a struggling beginner advice and when to lay off. If I see someone struggling and they seem to have a negative attitude I tend to let them do their thing. But if they look like they're actually gonna make it past the summer I try to help them out. Nothing worse than getting a blank stare when you give someone sound advice.
Jun 20, 2013, 02:08 PM #7
[QUOTE=walkingonh2o;173354]yes- i totally agree- it makes your session so much better when the vibe is good! Why dont we all do that??? maybe summer would not be so bad with all the summer pros if we just stepped out and offered some friendly advise or just encouragment! like hooting them on when they drop into a good wave.[/ QUOTE]
we don't all do that because we are human beings. Sometimes i paddle out in a funk and im surfing it out of my system. i'll paddle out away from the crowd but in the summer a surfer catching waves by himself can be a magnet to others and 15 minutes after you paddle out you find yourself in a pack with guys half paddling for waves on the shoulder hoping you fall so they can try to go or your dodging a yard sale of boards and surfers in the impact zone sure helping them might help me get out of my funk but i don't want to. the best advice i could give them would be to find their own peak.
Jun 20, 2013, 02:17 PM #8
I surfed small crummy waves on tuesday, but good enough for loggin'. Paddled out to my favorite spot where there was one guy out there by himself. As soon I got out to where he was and I said hello, he gave me a look and rode the next wave to the beach and left.
But that same day, on the beach, I was trying to move my center fin up and it was stuck, and out of nowhere a dude in a farmer john suit came up to me with a rubber mallet and got the fin out for me. I think he said his name was Chris, so if you're on this forum...THANKS AGAIN! you made my day, and sorry to the other guy whose spot I invaded.
Jun 20, 2013, 02:24 PM #9
Jun 20, 2013, 02:34 PM #10