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    surfing ettiquette

    I'm pretty new to this site and don't really get to surf as much as I used to, but I did make it out yesterday to surf a spot in DE. It was really crowded but there were a ton of waves coming through, even some head high sets every now and then. I just couldn't get over the total lack of respect and etiquette at this spot. Longboarders kept letting go of their boards or having collisions with other surfers. I almost got drilled 2x by longboards. I'm not trying to sound preachy but the point really needs to be hammered home: be responsible for your board, especially in crowded conditions. Just because there's a leash attached to your leg doesn't mean it's OK to shoot your board out after a wave. If that ****e happened at a crowded spot anywhere else it wouldn't be tolerated. Another problem is guys close to the peak paddling hard and then backing off at the last minute. If you're not going to take the wave, shout GO to the next guy so at least he can have a shot at it. I missed about 5 waves due to this. Sorry, just my little rant. I could go on more but this sport is supposed to be about fun so I don't want to sound bitter. I caught some good ones yesterday but ended up leaving the water frustrated because of wayward-board missles I had to dodge.
    Last edited by EJsurfnfish; Sep 29, 2008 at 06:33 PM.

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    Red face I feel you.

    I think I may have been where you are talking about. However I did not paddle out due to pulled neck and back muscles from last week. I was watching and it was a free for all demending on your position. I would have tended to go later in the day becasue everyone tries to get out early. If you could hold your own the poiont would have been the place to be sitting where the notable surfers were. There was a defined lineup that was being followed and prlenty of waves to go around. About 25 yards north was a free for all, crash up derby, where 1/2 the people out should problably have not been out. I ended up driving around checking out some of the older surf spots that were good prior to the beach replenishment. Its good to wonder and check other spots sometimes because there were some really nice sand bars breaking without a single person in sight. Be adventurous and and don't always follow the routine of going where you know it will be breaking because everyone else knows it is going to be breaking there. Good luck to you and all we can hope is that the swell warriers don;t hurt someone before they realize to be aware of their surroundings!!!!!!!

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    Yeah, ranting about it on here could relieve some of your tension, other things could do that as well , but it's not going to change anything.

    Advice - go to another break with less people.

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    Not to try to sound aggro or bad ass, but the only way etiquette will be fixed is if it enforced by the other surfers. when i started in the late 70's if someone went out at a crowded spot and dropped in, collided, or whatever, they got their ass kicked by the locals plain and simple. you know what, we rarely had issues back then because everybody towed the line. those who were just starting usually found a deserted break or went to assateague.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aka pumpmaster View Post
    Not to try to sound aggro or bad ass, .

    Follow your own advice pops. Oh, how hardcore Maryland must have been in the 70's!
    Last edited by Salty J; Sep 30, 2008 at 02:10 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Salty J View Post
    Follow your own advice pops. Oh, how hardcore Maryland must have been in the 70's!

    You'd think so wouldn't you? But here were a few pretty heavy duty enforcers. Most of us younger guys wouldn't even consider paddling out if they were there. Some of those guys still surf (and rule) the OC inlet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aka pumpmaster View Post
    You'd think so wouldn't you? But here were a few pretty heavy duty enforcers. Most of us younger guys wouldn't even consider paddling out if they were there. Some of those guys still surf (and rule) the OC inlet.
    Where is Rusty when you need crowd control? Dude was a timebomb, was always cool to me, but so many times I saw him go ballistic on the slightest thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EJsurfnfish View Post
    I'm pretty new to this site and don't really get to surf as much as I used to, but I did make it out yesterday to surf a spot in DE. It was really crowded but there were a ton of waves coming through, even some head high sets every now and then. I just couldn't get over the total lack of respect and etiquette at this spot. Longboarders kept letting go of their boards or having collisions with other surfers. I almost got drilled 2x by longboards. I'm not trying to sound preachy but the point really needs to be hammered home: be responsible for your board, especially in crowded conditions. Just because there's a leash attached to your leg doesn't mean it's OK to shoot your board out after a wave. If that ****e happened at a crowded spot anywhere else it wouldn't be tolerated. Another problem is guys close to the peak paddling hard and then backing off at the last minute. If you're not going to take the wave, shout GO to the next guy so at least he can have a shot at it. I missed about 5 waves due to this. Sorry, just my little rant. I could go on more but this sport is supposed to be about fun so I don't want to sound bitter. I caught some good ones yesterday but ended up leaving the water frustrated because of wayward-board missles I had to dodge.
    Everything u say is so true. i've pretty much given up on the two main spots in DE until cold midweek winter sessions cut the crowd. i've called people out up on that stuff up there but i just can't do it with diplomacy when i'm pissed so it always ends up being confrontational. Plus 40-50 year olds trying to surf with wives and kids on the beach have way too much ego at stake to ever admit ANY infraction. The last time it happened the guy who blatantly dropped in loudly gave me the F-bomb at least 5 times and i later saw him standing on the beach with his son. And their kids have picked up the bad surf etiquette so now its x 2. Screw it...I just surf in OC and assateague until it gets cold.
    Last edited by scotty; Sep 29, 2008 at 10:34 PM.

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    If it's the place I think which is not a big secret any more than yeah it is out of control, I had the same girl drop in on me twice hitting my board both times, and she was a greeny just startin out on chest to head waves "why", needless to say the second time i got hit my 9' single fin epoxy sliced a nice chunk out of her board, basically leaving their board useless, lesson learned on her part hopefully.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EJsurfnfish View Post
    I'm pretty new to this site and don't really get to surf as much as I used to, but I did make it out yesterday to surf a spot in DE. It was really crowded but there were a ton of waves coming through, even some head high sets every now and then. I just couldn't get over the total lack of respect and etiquette at this spot. Longboarders kept letting go of their boards or having collisions with other surfers. I almost got drilled 2x by longboards. I'm not trying to sound preachy but the point really needs to be hammered home: be responsible for your board, especially in crowded conditions. Just because there's a leash attached to your leg doesn't mean it's OK to shoot your board out after a wave. If that ****e happened at a crowded spot anywhere else it wouldn't be tolerated. Another problem is guys close to the peak paddling hard and then backing off at the last minute. If you're not going to take the wave, shout GO to the next guy so at least he can have a shot at it. I missed about 5 waves due to this. Sorry, just my little rant. I could go on more but this sport is supposed to be about fun so I don't want to sound bitter. I caught some good ones yesterday but ended up leaving the water frustrated because of wayward-board missles I had to dodge.
    I like the "This sport is supposed to be fun" part. Good luck dude!