This is a great tactic by the way, buried in all the BS. Totally passive yet completely effective. I did this last week when I was caught in a crowd, baited a guy into a wave to clear him out because I saw the next set coming through. Don't underestimate everyone's desire to not miss a wave.
That's my tactic too. I also like to sit shoulder to shoulder with one of my boys. Well both drop in on the same peak and split it. That way were both inside and have priority over the others. No one can back paddle either. When we get an impolite one in the lineup, well paddle in front of his ass and block all the waves. Pretty effective.
I always tell people that the water is really warm where I am at...jokingly of coarse...I do hate it when people spit all over the place, so I am the guy that will tell you about it, I get crazy looks sometimes, but they don't do it anymore or they just paddle off
Florida Dog of Surf, I agree spitting is repulsive and vile. However, being raised in a toxic spew of sewage and Ciba Giegy chemical waste(dumped 1 mile off Ortley Beach, thank you) I started spitting in the water. I mean, Florida Dog of Surf, the water in NJ back in the 1980's was pretty foul, so I would constantly spit. It became a habit. If I happen to swallow the water I would start achhhrrrrrrrrrrr'ing to churn up the stuff and I almost got vomity.
Yes, spitting is bad but it was necessary back in the days of old. Now it's a habit. But I usually space myself from other humans in the water so, it's all good. Oh man, one time five years ago, I was all dope sick and paddled out anyway......you don't want to know what went on that day.........Just ghastly.
The Lowers raid video is a classic! Been wanting to try that out at the Juno Pier for awhile, but organizing surfers is like herding cats. Another one I like to do when there is a bunch of newbies and longboarders out and there are long lulls, is when the first wave comes I go "PARTY WAVE! Everybody GO!" At least half to three quarters of the lineup take off on the first set wave, and the rest of the set is left to sort out amongst 3 or 4 of us as laughter erupts.
I chew tobacki every time I paddle out, somewhat of a ritual, Copenhagen Long Cut if you want to get technical about it...so I'm constantly spitting...this technique has never cleared any peaks to my knowledge. Just sayin', this mofo be sprayin'.