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    "I need a ride to shore"

    in the middle of a waveless summer and thunderstorms galore, reading the "more and more" thread got me thinking about something I saw in the water this past Spring.
    And, your thoughts are welcome..

    It's a dying swell, about 3 ft., and not very powerful. It's crowded, being spring-break time. It's not breaking far out; Florida beach breaks can have a longer paddle than this day.
    A young guy, about 15-16, breaks his leash. He's surfing with several friends his age, so he hangs in the area for a couple minutes, (I'm wondering, why?) and then an older guy, perhaps father or older brother paddles over and takes him to shore.
    I'm not sure if he asked for an escort to shore, or just expected it, but it seemed the latter.
    But it sure looked funny seeing two people clinging to one board like it was the lifeboat off the Titanic, making the short paddle in.
    Call me old school, I can handle it. But I was frikken stunned. This was small, inconsistent surf!
    This kid going to grow a backbone and take care of himself?
    Or just a sign of the times?
    Poser, or someday, pro?

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    A sign of the weakening of the species...why not just body surf back to shore?

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    Quote Originally Posted by seldom seen View Post
    A sign of the weakening of the species...why not just body surf back to shore?
    This. When my leash breaks, it becomes a bodysurfing session until I get back in to shore. I actually don't want someone to grab my board for me.

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    maybe he was sick or cramping up...or just a classic case of someone who shouldn't have been out there in the first place

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    maybe a bad case of vaginitis.

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    Quote Originally Posted by seldom seen View Post
    maybe a bad case of vaginitis.
    This. Seen called the affliction of our cultural masses.

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    Tourist? Maybe it seemed a lot bigger to him than it does you? Beginners tend to freak out in small surf because it seems larger than it really is. IDK, no excuse either way I suppose.

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    [QUOTE=DawnPatrolSUP- Tourist? Maybe it seemed a lot bigger to him than it does you? Beginners tend to freak out in small surf because it seems larger than it really is. IDK, no excuse either way I suppose.[/QUOTE]

    Yes, tourist (touring pro?) It was not that big. People could carry on conversations 50ft. away between waves. It was small.
    Your last sentence is correct.
    It'd be interesting if the kid is on this forum and could respond.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tropic surfer View Post
    It'd be interesting if the kid is on this forum and could respond.
    "Come out Come out wherever you arrrrrrre!"

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    Upon retrieving the board did the older paddler then proceed to tow the younger non-paddler back out past the break? If so, definitely vaginitis with symptoms of pure laziness.