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    Request that surf schools and shops renting boards provide info on etiquette

    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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    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.

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    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?

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    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 ....

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    Dudes, there shouldn't be ANY surf schools.

    Surfing is learned through experience not something that should be taught.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paddington Jetty Bear View Post
    Dudes, there shouldn't be ANY surf schools.

    Surfing is learned through experience not something that should be taught.
    Kind of agree, although i'm sure it's useful to some, I never attended one and learned to surf on my own. Now a days with the interweb and all the videos you can watch, there is really no need for it. Even without videos, your instincts should take over eventually if you do it enough and watch those around you and try to emulate what they are doing.

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    The 6th rule on the brown rule board is essential as long as I'm not riding one...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paddington Jetty Bear View Post
    Dudes, there shouldn't be ANY surf schools.

    Surfing is learned through experience not something that should be taught.
    Surf lessons annoy me too, but this is a ridiculous statement. It's the same as saying there shouldn't be any ski instruction at the mountain. Plus, with surfing it's more of an introduction than repeated "lessons". I bet most people only take that first lesson.

    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.

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    Totally not ridiculous. Totally not.

    Me don't give a f aboot skiing.

    Do not make analogies to other "sports." That's wrong, too. F other "sports," "activities," or "pastimes." Good Lord, is anyone hardcore anymore? You either surf and that's it, or move along cowboy. Enough of this crossbreeding sh!t.

    Surfing schools should be destroyed. That's not what this is aboot. Can't anyone in these younger generations figure anything out for themselves and not get a ribbon when they participate in something.

    At least the surf school in my area is held at the sh!ttiest spot on the island........

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paddington Jetty Bear View Post

    Do not make analogies to other "sports." That's wrong, too. F other "sports," "activities," or "pastimes." Good Lord, is anyone hardcore anymore? You either surf and that's it, or move along cowboy. Enough of this crossbreeding sh!t.

    Surfing schools should be destroyed. That's not what this is aboot. Can't anyone in these younger generations figure anything out for themselves and not get a ribbon when they participate in something.
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    +1 Let's keep the lineup as empty as possible. Besides, these surf school folks are just the ones that are part of the high turnover rate. That being said, they're probly a non issue during the winter or in anything over head high.