I think the surfing community needs to reel in the shops renting boards and teaching lessons a bit because these morons pose a threat on crowded days. Some common concerns and requests:<br /><br /><br />Shops that provide people renting boards/suits need to also hand out etiquette sheets explaining the rules of the sea, AND work with towns/states to post signs at the beach. I like the ones with visual assistance to help renters unfamiliar with common terminology. Any of these are useful, but I prefer Manly's (NSW AUS) or Spunky's Surf Shop's sign in Costa Rica. Explain these rules to people when they are signing stuff out. There is limited coastline and when a swimmer gets tanked by a weekender on a Bic, thats whats going to get the local folks aggro and limit surfing areas, make 9-5 rules, etc. I understand that shops run a business and it could scare away potential renters---big picture though: losing surfing access is worse for business. <br /><br /><br />I especially like ESPECIALLY the \"Hold on to your board\" one. On numerous occasions I have had to instruct (read: scold) (read: intimidate) young girls in small groups that their boards were not accessories and that they were being a hazard. <br /><br /><br />Also, surf school instructors need to show a little respect. On a weak crowded weekend day this summer, I had a boy band looking surf school instructor push some dude in front of me and cut me off several times. Despite staring him down and eventually targeting his client until he moved, it would be nice if these folks had some etiquette of their own. I understand you have a commitment to your customer, but your customer doesn't need to be at the best spot on the bar, as he is riding straight in with little skill. He doesn't appreciate the patch of wave you are providing him, and he is going to become scared of me and my aggression towards him. Move down and free up my lefts.<br /><br />Surfer's surf shops (read: not touristy money makers) should really take the lead and be handing these sheets out.<br /><br /><br /><br />sign1.jpgsign2.jpgsign3.jpg
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Sep 11, 2013, 12:45 PM #1
Request that surf schools and shops renting boards provide info on etiquette
Sep 11, 2013, 12:51 PM #2
totally agree. I believe that years ago, an OCMD shop (Chauncey's I think) used to hand out fliers with any sold or rented board that outlined the rules.
Sep 11, 2013, 12:52 PM #3
Points well taken. And it will all get worse as 'the lifestyle activity' takes on more & more participants. As you alluded to with the girls & the surfboard-as-accessory.
But what's the deal with the hieroglyphics in your OP?
Sep 11, 2013, 03:24 PM #4Member
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- Long Island
I agree. Surf schools are taking hold everywhere and it's only a matter of time before there is big time regualtion. I'm already hearing about it from upity town folk on the east end. They don't want the schools (or any surfer for that matter) at their public (but they think private) beach ....
Dudes, there shouldn't be ANY surf schools.
Surfing is learned through experience not something that should be taught.
Sep 11, 2013, 04:47 PM #6
Sep 11, 2013, 04:59 PM #7
I take comfort in the fact that the lessons almost never take place during the good months. The summer is a huge CF with swimmers, etc., so best to get all the lessons in during that season.
Sep 11, 2013, 06:30 PM #8Senior Member
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Sep 11, 2013, 07:28 PM #9
While we're at it, let's just get rid of all schools. Education is like propaganda.
Kidding aside, consider this: take those kids out of surf school and what would they be doing? Video games? TV? Eating junk food? I'll support ANYTHING that gets kids out of the house and active, assuming it's ethical.
Sep 11, 2013, 04:52 PM #10
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- bethany & wrightsville
The 6th rule on the brown rule board is essential as long as I'm not riding one...