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  1. #11
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    Quote Originally Posted by aka pumpmaster View Post
    It's not just drop-ins. Very few people say ANYTHING to somebody who does something stupid in the water.
    I agree, but over the years, I have also learned that it is VERY rare that someone is kooking and actually puts you in danger. Thats what it takes for me... Danger. Anything other than that, within reason shouldn't bug people that much that know what they are doing. I mean, a decent surfer should be up and riding and navigating through the tourist buoys quite well. I mean, we know all the moves. The grabbing the board that flies up in front of you after a guy drops in a pearls. The go around. The push off if they straight line out in front of you. The quick pop through the back if its a decent size and you dont want to mess your board up. 9 out of 10 times, the guy in question knows he is wrong. That deer in headlights look as he goes over the falls and you are making eye contact. They know. I just find it very rare that words need to be said. If people who don't know what you are doing see you flying down the wave face every time a set comes, and blasting water in their direction through your turns, people know the deal. They quickly understand that any time a wave comes, we better look out, cause that dude is moving way too fast...

    Surfing speaks louder than words 999 times out of 1000. But im not the guy trying to "educate" and drop knowledge to some dude from Arizona who is there for a day....

    I said this many moons ago. If you constantly find yourself "surrounded by kooks" and you are so upset that your spots have been taken over in the summer. You should probably look in the mirror and ask yourself why you are out govelling at the one "surf only" beach in the area at 2pm on a Saturday in August. I mean, we should all be smart enough to crack swells. know when to go. Those beaches aren't protected at 8am. We should all know our areas well enough to know how to deal with the summer. If i can do it in San Diego, you can do it anywhere. I spent all last summer here, surfing with almost no crowds. All up and down the island. There were tourists EVERYWHERE. So, it can be done... But if I am down in Coligny on the weekend yelling about all the kooks around me and how I was here all winter, I have to look myself in the mirror and say, now who is the kook?

    These comments are directed at no on in particular, its just spring time, and all of us grouchy locals are preparing for the inevitable onslaught of crowds and tourists. So, this is the same stuff I mentioned last year, and the year before that and so on...

    I am just numb to it. I don't get grumpy, I just get waves and go home.

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    I just think most people I have seen in the past, out trying to "coach" the tourists on a waist high day at the local beach break are FAR more "kooky" than the poor, unsuspecting people who just rented a board from the foam top stand at the end of the street. I mean, if you are out battling for waves when its waist high on your short board and you feel the need to teach people etiquette, I think you may be missing a LOT of points. Go ***** at the surf shop that rented to foam tops to the tourists and DIDN'T give them the rules of surfing first. I mean, at certain points, I felt ashamed as a local to be in the water with this d-bag who keeps paddling back through the crowd calling people out for getting in his way and stuff... Im like, dude, you are the ONLY local here having these issues. Why am I over here owning this peak all morning and you just HAVE to ride through the buoys every time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by leethestud View Post
    leash laws, surfing restrictions, parking

    The struggle is real
    yes. (we're talking de-pussification, right?) its a daily battle. and the burden falls - once again - on the older
    guys because we come from a time of less-homogenization. i.e. we appreciate individuality, originality.

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    Surf camps. Two of my friends run them, one does it year round, the other during summer. When we were kids, we couldn't use a leash, had to endure ridicule and violence while learning, and had to adhere to a fairly strict pecking order at the good spots. Now once you get your certificate from the surf camp, you can paddle out anywhere with the utmost false confidence in your abilities and lack of wave savvy. They think they are part of a crew because they "learned" from a recognized pro or local.

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    Yeah, my surfing buddy started working at OB surf shop years ago... He picked up a part time gig teaching the surf school. The next time he complained about crowds, I slapped him in the back of the head and said, yeah, thanks tool bag... And I had to give him a speech one day, cause he had the whole camp out and while they were learning, clogging up the entire pier, he was trying to sneak waves in on his lifeguard longboard... I said, nah brother... If you paddle out here with 16 kids on foam tops and they are bobbing up and down in the impact zone with deer in headlights looks while we all try not to hurt them, you have officially forfeited your right to surf here right now. You need to go police this nonsense and don't even think about riding a wave until you clean this mess up... You are walking on the nose, meanwhile that little kid from Arizona just went head first over the falls into the sand while two other kids ran him over. Nice work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zach619 View Post
    Yeah, my surfing buddy started working at OB surf shop years ago... He picked up a part time gig teaching the surf school. The next time he complained about crowds, I slapped him in the back of the head and said, yeah, thanks tool bag... And I had to give him a speech one day, cause he had the whole camp out and while they were learning, clogging up the entire pier, he was trying to sneak waves in on his lifeguard longboard... I said, nah brother... If you paddle out here with 16 kids on foam tops and they are bobbing up and down in the impact zone with deer in headlights looks while we all try not to hurt them, you have officially forfeited your right to surf here right now. You need to go police this nonsense and don't even think about riding a wave until you clean this mess up... You are walking on the nose, meanwhile that little kid from Arizona just went head first over the falls into the sand while two other kids ran him over. Nice work.
    Exactly! Granted it's great seeing the look on some kids face after his/her first wave, and I believe in spreading the stoke and all. But for crying out loud. these surf camps are a bane! When they show up, it's like Raid on Lowers but with munchkins and chipmunks.

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    that's one thing that makes me laugh are surf instructors who teach people how to "surf" then complain about the crowds.theres a lot of them in nj.I never experienced a "pecking order" at home,theres plenty of empty bars and that's where I stay.too many people is never a good thing,whether ur in the water or at a concert bathroom.

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    Yea if your problem is kooks then your probably a kook yourself. Like someone mentioned 9 out of 10 times there not getting in the way, there simply not good enough to even do that. I rather surf with 30 kooks than 30 really good surfers. You can get all the waves you want instead of battling guys that are much more skilled for every wave. The problem for me is always that one guy with a huge sombrero, sunglasses, and a t-shirt, on his 11'5 boat dropping in on every wave because that thing will literally kill you if he hits you. Also when theres a bunch of kooks in front of you who see a large wave come and they ditch there boards, that gets sketchy

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    you know who might need a surf school? rob machado. i saw him on the california tourism commercial. he was
    telling us how normal he was while running down the beach with a step-up into one foot mush.

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    Quote Originally Posted by baddy trailerpark View Post
    you know who might need a surf school? rob machado. i saw him on the california tourism commercial. he was
    telling us how normal he was while running down the beach with a step-up into one foot mush.
    Yeah the happy cows California ads are much better. But Rob is one smooth brother. And that one foot mush was in between sets. I am sure there were some 23 footers at Sea Side Reef behind him. It was just a long period swell.