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  1. #11
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    Hey SUP, I heard in Cali they are trying to pass legislation that would make SUP's considered vessels (like jetskis) and that they need to stay 500 feet from surfers (thus not allowing you into the lineup)

  2. #12
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    Ya know, if there were a lifeguard on duty this would never have been allowed

    Tow-ins for small waves are entirely unnecessary, rude & obnoxious, and probably wicked fun.

  3. #13
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    Quote Originally Posted by MakeItStop View Post
    Hey SUP, I heard in Cali they are trying to pass legislation that would make SUP's considered vessels (like jetskis) and that they need to stay 500 feet from surfers (thus not allowing you into the lineup)
    Yeah, I've heard that, would be a shame to consider them vessels, they're really just a LB with a paddle, they even make some very small and light compared to what they use to be. The people who are a hazard to others are making a bad name for them, and those are the people that don't belong in or around the lineup. If it's crowded it's never worth getting in the mix, and always better to find a peak to the side, if at all possible.

    I personally don't take mine out that often just because I much prefer my shorty or LB, but when it's SUP conditions i'll take it out from time to time, but not really in the lineup, I go down the beach some and find a lonesome peak but usually after a few quality rides the pack starts making it's way over to snake the peak, so it's hard to avoid everybody, but I've never had an issue, probably because I understand etiquette and I know how to operate mine with skill.

    Beginners should never take their SUP in the surf, I spent a good 6 months on flat water before ever surfing it, and I had years of surfing / lineup experience before ever getting one. I almost got ran over by some dude at Ponce Inlet one day when I was on my short board. He paddled in from behind me and tried snaking the wave and didn't even look, then when I yelled at him he got all wide eyed like "what I do", told him that he almost ran me over and to move on down the beach with that. If you can't function in a lineup, regardless of your craft, then move off to the side and take the scraps till you get the hang of things.
    Last edited by DawnPatrolSUP; Oct 2, 2013 at 04:29 PM.

  4. #14
    There was a discussion about this last winter and here's what i wrote:

    Unless you're at an offshore break there aren't many places on the east coast where tow-ats/ins would be legal. Most localities have a 300'-1000' off the beach rule. If they do allow launching from the beach you are restricted to the minimum speed to maintain steering. With that being said, if a tree falls in the forest and nobody hears it.....

    I don't care if you're if you're wake surfing in the shorebreak with dad's $150,000 cigarette boat as long as the ONLY people that have to deal with you and pay for your f**kups are you and the guy at the end of the rope.

  5. #15
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    We have periodic problems at Pumphouse and Reef Road with jet skiiers on big but not too big days. Mostly it is thing of the past, due to surfers constantly flipping them off, cussing at them and even following them to the boat ramp for further discussion. Word has gotten out. When it is a small day, there is usually a couple of idiots on rentals that chop up the lineup, but it is very brief. Rule of thumb: If they go by just give them the stink eye. If they come back flip them off and yell at them to get the F*** down the beach. If they don't comply, the crew will resort to harsher measures ( golf balls, coconut 2 man slingshots off the jetty, pieces of nylon rope cut up and thrown into their general area so it gets sucked up in the impeller, baby oil spray downs, and the aforementioned meeting at the boat ramp.)

    I've got some good friends who tow in on big gnarly days, and they always show respect to whoever is crazy enough to paddle out. Of course, they are surfers, not jet ski cowboys.

  6. #16
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    I favor the coconut slingshot thing. Fire when ready, matey!

  7. #17
    Quote Originally Posted by MakeItStop View Post
    Hey SUP, I heard in Cali they are trying to pass legislation that would make SUP's considered vessels (like jetskis) and that they need to stay 500 feet from surfers (thus not allowing you into the lineup)
    This is appropriate. In MN you need to register them as PWC.

    DP, you're my boy Blue, but the volume on most SUPs is 3x the volume on a LB. Go duct tape 3 LBs in stacked format and tell me that's a surfboard.

  8. #18
    This tow-in in the lineup is ludicrous. I'm all for rambunctiousness but not in a lineup. The Coast Guard would have a few things to say to these jamokes.

  9. #19
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    Quote Originally Posted by yankee View Post
    I favor the coconut slingshot thing. Fire when ready, matey!
    It is a blast! You should see the looks on the jet skiiers faces as they are headed out or in the inlet and one goes flying overhead as a warning shot. Plus it is great for grom morale, as two get to hold each one of the ends of the tube.

    They are asshole machines. Unless you are part of a tow team, by and large as soon as you set your rear end on one of them and hit the throttle, you become an instant asshole.

  10. #20
    find out who they are and approach them about it. people that do this are the worst and should be dealt with accordingly.

    we had some kids around NJ doing it last fall and it was told to them to take someplace else. this isn't puerto guys.