Surf4life, I saw a guy get rammed by a newbie girl longboarder Sunday. It was probably you, it didn't look too fun. I just know that when I was first starting out I avoided crowds like the plague. To make matters worse, there was this crew on the beach trying to shoot seagulls with a big slingshot!
Yea I saw them shooting too. I know they were shooting stuff at some of their friends joking around but didn't reallize they were going after the rats with wings to. They are down there all the time. Sunday I stayed out of the water. Looked like alot of fun but their were just too many out there that had no business being there. People really need to learn and follow their limits. And just starting out you should be far off to the side staying out of the way. If you can't control fully where you are going stay out of the crowd. Also if you can't duck a wave or roll; hold onto your board with dear life take the beating and you will learn real fast how to duck or roll to get through. I am no angle and my board gets loose once in a while but I fight like hell to prevent it and I also paddle out and around and not straight threw the path of surfers and where there break is.
I found that if you go to north side, you will have to surf with kooks and it will always be that way. Even in the dead of winter on tuesday afternoon. The reason is the wave is pretty relaxed. The cove can get racey but there is no problems down there because the people that surf down there are usually looking for that type of wave. Another thing that works and I "rarely practice" myself is to educate the kooks. Talk to them and show what to do with there board when they loose it and the proper way to paddle out at northside when its descent size (ie: down the jetty to help the line up role.) Northside is not a secret and the crowd factor will not get better. So you all need to deal with it. I would just rather surf a wave with more consequence and you all know where I speak of. It seems all week long that I surfed there not one person dropped in on me or my friends. Thats because people know you are locked in and someone is going to get drilled. Secondly, know one really wanted the thickies except for the spongers and some crazy surfers. Anyways, I had great sessions all week and went to a crowded spot last night and the vibe just sucked. Instead I should have been smart and went to a spot that was breaking as good if not better and I didn't and it turned into a session with surfers paddling around starring everyone down like it was a ufc match. No fun and I was guilty as sin for paddling out there. So the point is, don't even paddle out in a spot that takes the fun away. Surfing was created for and stands for pleasure. If its not fun, your doing something wrong. Aggressive is ok when its put into your surfing, not other people. I am ranting blah blah blah....
Your exactly right. The two popular long board spots in DE are soft smooshy waves that are good for learning. So when you are learning that is where you go. And really the only way to mess up, learn, and get better is by getting into the water. Giving pointers to those in need is always a great thing to do.
I'm not calling anyone out on *****ing or complaining but I just don't get that there are a lot of us on here do just that about crowded spots and people who don't know how to surf or shouldn't be out there, well we have over 1,000 miles of coastline on the East Coast... get in your damn vehicle, bicycle, or whatever, and go to another break. Find one that isn't what you are describing!!
yeah brah, I agree that in alot of spots there is just no eitique or respect and it sucks I wish it was like it was back in the old days where if you screwed up you got you as kicked, but it just isn't like that... So unless I'm at a point I tend to keep my distance from the pack as there are sandbars all up and down the beach. I also notice that the people out at like 7am seem to have alot more eitique and skill; thus, I just try to surf way early in the day and avoid all the BS....
Of course I never seem to have this problem on the real big days, geuss it is something do with the fact that the kooks can't make outside on those days
Last edited by smithtim; Sep 30, 2008 at 07:05 PM.