I've surfed every spot in delaware and o.c since the late 80's and one thing I know is this, you can be seen all spring, summer, and fall, you can be a ripper or a nose walker does not matter, if the die hard's of that spot don't see you out ALL YEAR, you won't get as much respect as you could or should, besides our best swells are thru out the winter anyways.
exactly one of my points..sry i posted before i read ur post
Eating it while everyone is on the inside is the end of your session . It is like a pack of wild animals out there, show weakness and your doomed . When I don't feel especially up to my game I move out of position first to avoid the embarrassment of being brushed aside.