when the waves are non-existent
so here is the situation. a week ago, i took the longboard out into waves that were barely longboardable. there was a miniscule swell, but the rising tide was killing it. it was quickly becoming a shorebreak, but i was able to get into it early enough to make it worth while.
i took off on a couple of waves (and I say this generally, a "couple" of waves), cause what i'm about to describe, happened repeatedly.
and each time, one guy, from a group of 2-3 guys, would drop in on me. they were riding an absolute POS board, and i could tell from what they were doing, they were probably decent surfers. basically guys having fun in the shorebreak with an old POS board, using it half as a surfboard, half as a skim board. the times i'm referring to though involve them actually sitting out and paddling into the wave.
But here is my issue with the situation: as small as the waves were, i'm coming down the line, all 9'6" of my longboard heading right at them. i had to bail several times.
long story short, do i have a right, despite the wave size being barely there, to say something to these guys?
for the record, i didn't say anything, as the waves weren't worth it. but i believe, and was taught this way, that the rules are there to protect ourselves from each other. and if i wanted to be a ****, i could have planted the nose of my LB through their torso on several occassions...
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Thread: Who has the right to get mad....
Aug 25, 2013, 12:53 PM #1
Who has the right to get mad....
Fitzpedo is all that was needed in this situation.
Aug 25, 2013, 01:16 PM #3
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Eff those goons, next time feed them your board. One thing i experienced on a cpl occassions this summer was as follows...I'm closest to the peak, clearly in position, get dropped in, then the cock takes the wave to the beach and gets out, which to me, translates to-"im gonna snake you cuz its my last wave and im getting out anyway"...but its all good, I remember their faces, and once the lifeguards and spectators are gone for the season, they will not surf in peace at this spot. I will heckle them to no end. That is, if they surf after labor day, b/c if i had to make a bet, id guess theyre are these "summer pros" we speak of.
Aug 25, 2013, 02:54 PM #4Senior Member
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- Not Nicaragua
wheres the gopro replay? that goes for you too fitz! change your tampon and quit taking summer slop (if that) so seriously! one last thing why were you even out there?
Last edited by Poseidon; Aug 25, 2013 at 02:58 PM.
Aug 25, 2013, 02:59 PM #5
Aug 25, 2013, 03:23 PM #6
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In a situation like that, if the waves are that bunk, I would just move down the way a bit. I would feel like a tool bag saying something to them, because if they were decent surfers like you said, then I would be the guy starting sh** in ankle high waves knowing that it isnt worth it...
On a side note, I was surfing a couple weeks ago, and the tourists were ignorant, but really affecting me. basically, I was lined up on the only sand bar in sight, navigating my way in and around everyone with every wave I took, but people would see me, see the wave coming and be floating in a raft right in front of me like they were trying to get run over. So numerous waves were lost just because I couldnt get a good angle to weave through the touristas, but then something magical happened. I got a nice wave, got 4-5 turn in it, kept up on the reform on the inside... There was a little kid, probably about 10 without a surf board that was watching me coming and did his best to get out of the way, I got one last snap in the shorebreak and avoided him... but on my way back out, this little kid apologized and was like "Sorry if I messed up your wave"... It made me so happy to see that there are good people in the world, albeit a 10 year old, one day that kid is going to be a productive part of our society... Point is, a non surfing 10 year old had the inteligence of "getting it" while these tubby hicks from Kentucky are out floating in the lineup with beers completely oblivious that people are trying to surf around them and that they are not only in harms way in the lineup, but they were drifting into surf-casting fishing lines and all kinds of sh**.... That little kid made my day though.
Aug 26, 2013, 12:38 AM #7Senior Member
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Aug 26, 2013, 01:11 AM #8Senior Member
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You have every right to be mad and we have every right not to care.
Surfing is fun,a great way to relieve stress and get a little exercise.If surfing adds to your stress level or makes you "mad",maybe you should try something else.
Aug 26, 2013, 11:24 AM #9
man, I prepare for impact and do some whooping and yelling. If a collision goes down, they were warned. I mowed through a surf school yesterday in AC on a rental foamie. you know, I should do a ride report...
Aug 26, 2013, 12:04 PM #10
YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO GET MAD. I am the aggro surfer. I feel you.
My least favorite humans on earth are fat wheezing sloppy humans who come to the ocean and walk into a surf zone out to where they're breaking, and then turn their back every time a wave comes in. They hoot and get excited, either feeling entitled to the space or oblivious to the hazard they present. This happened 20 times yesterday. Once this summer a 60-something year old loser was wading in the water and my tiny gf almost hit him--he refused to move. He threatened to call the cops on her?!?! (This is New England...)
And the worst neglectful parents in the world are the ones who let their kids wander out into surf zones when there are clearly marked non-surfing zones nearby.
And what about surf schoolers and parents pushing their kiddos with bad etiquette---a few seconds into a wave and I have to bail because some feeble human is being pushed straight into shore on a foamie on EVERY WAVE. Surf school owners---have some goddamn etiquette. And when renting out boards to people, why not give them a little etiquette sheet so they know what hazards they are presenting. Occasionally Bicster will genuinely feel sorry for cutting you off after he realizes you aren't riding straight in and that you might require more than 4' of room.
Don't forget the weekender fatty who paddles for a wave, doesn't get it, then stays 25 feet further inside, paddles for the next one and doesn't get it, and then just lays there as an obstacle until a wave breaks on him.
Surfing is some amazing stuff. Its really one of the magical things we do as humans that makes us more than humans. Like mountaineering or rock/ice climbing or skiing. It requires athleticism and skill and practice. Surfers and other unique athletes are an elite class of human beings. We ride waves. And we should not have to curtail our rides to accommodate some wheezing diabetic turd who feels entitled enough to stand in the way. Thats the problem with our McDonalds society---the right of way goes to the fatty who just wants to have cold water splash against their massive surface area of skin, and not the person who puts their training and preparation and soul into a wave. Its backwards. Instead of a no-surfing zone, how about a no-swimming zone. Go wheeze and take your insulin in a pool, America.
The Aggro Surfer