twin piers busy this morning....caught a couple rides, got 4 hrs in the water.....had my leash wrap around my free ankle in the wash and had about 6 seconds of "@uck" as the board was pulling tight.....legs were no good.....never considered that happening before..wasnt even a thought.....now I know though....
Hey all i just moved to north florida and have been checking the forcast for cedar key on here frequently. I live on the east coast but wanted to try a spot on the gulf, But after looking at maps of cedar key and doin some research it seems it doesnt even really have any beach there? Anybody ever surf there? thanks
jeeze doisit ur up early....what a great two days of surfin...im really enjoying this sport.....im not enjoying the attitude that comes with it.....twin piers showed it true colors to me yesterday with the free for all mentality, i didnt see much etiqqutte...i dunno if i understand wave catching etiquette......whatever theres tons of beach.....the s turn which i havent surfed yet. 21 ave,,,white ave which i hear has one wave, lbk which has been very good yet a little too empty when i go out by myself...you wont see neone for hours......i saw the beach house yesterday when i was leaving and trhat looked real fun.....can i drop in on a paddle boarder since hes not surfing per se.....jk im a nice guy....ne ways the first 3 months of surfing is going good...for learning everything through online sources and learning how to surf twin piers closeouts......heres a question....when turning on surfboard does the movement resemble a manual on a skateboard? i keep turning off my edge like in snowboarding and it gets my bottom turn done but i lose mad speed.....do you turn using trhe movement of a wheelie "manual" in skateboarding....or closely similar
dont bother with white ave, Im an experienced surfer (25 yrs) and I got tons of attitude and negativity there. and I am also one of the most etiquette inclined persons in the water, I never drop in on someone and I dont wave hog. there is more too it, but I'll let the rest of my post answer for me.
as for the "true colors" you experienced at 2 piers, its too be expected. both white and 2 piers are the more prominently known spots in AMI. your already doing the right thing by surfing at 2 piers over wht ave.
here is the basics of etiquette. The Golden Rule: Do Not Drop In On Somebody.
The surfer first up or closest to the shoulder (the steepest, best part of the wave) has the right of way. A righthand wave, breaking from right to left (seen from the beach), gives the surfer who is furthest right the priority. Don't take off in front of (or behind, for that matter) a surfer already up and riding. Always look before you take off.
If someone is positioned to catch a wave and you paddle around them so you are closer to the peak, you have stolen their priority, and that's snaking. It's as rude as grabbing the last beer in the fridge when someone has already got their head in there lookin' for it.
If the wave's going to peel both ways, you can call it 'left' or 'right' so people know which way you're headed. Leave them to work it out for themselves, and they may get it wrong.
Guard your board
Use a good leash and don't let go unless you really have to. Don't bail - unless its huge, you run the risk of damaging boards and bodies. Learn to roll or duck dive and you'll find it's actually easier and you'll get out the back faster than if you bail.
If you have to paddle out where others are riding waves (beachbreaks, generally), keep out of the way of those up and riding. Head for the whitewater. This way you don't mess up the face or force them to change direction just to miss you. Watching waves and surfers will help you learn to anticipate situations.
Check with the lifeguards or beach signs to see how the swimming and surfing areas are flagged. Don't be the one they're yelling at through a megaphone. Bodyboarders can go inbetween swimming flags, surfers can't. Surf in the surfing zone - the lifeguards might do you a favour and keep you away from currents, or they might put the swimming area right where the peak is. Either way, you'll have to deal with it.
Show respect to the people who surf the break day in, day out, even when it's crap. Don't turn up in a huge group. Don't go hassling them out of the take-off zone or you may find some wax up your tailpipe later on... Watch and learn instead - nothing like local knowledge.
Getting your Fair Share
So how can you get your fair share of waves, with all these people to dodge and all these laws to abide by? The best piece of advice is to walk that little bit further and find a less crowded peak. The waves may not be as great, but you may well catch a lot more of them.
On peaks with a small, well defined take-off zone and lots of people waiting for a turn, a sort of queue system sometimes happens. In an ideal world, the person closest to the take-off point takes off on the next available wave. Whether they make it or not, they then go to the back of the line. Missed ya wave? Tough. This doesn't always work in practice, but try to suss it out so you don't just barge to the front of the queue, or miss your turn.
When it's small and fun, you may get groups of mates paddling furiously around each other, snaking and dropping in. This is fun - provided everyone understands what's going on!
Everyone's heard insults traded, and many will have seen fists raised in the water. Don't descend to that level. Most people in the water won't have a clue what you're fighting about so you end up looking as bad as the other dude. Let it go, there are many waves marching towards our shores, and karma comes around eventually. There will always be the odd person who either doesn't know the rules, or thinks they don't apply to them.
If you do manage to get in the way, try to apologize. You might just get stink-eye, but at least you've pointed out that you didn't mean it, honest! The more experienced you become at reading the ocean, other surfers and particular spots, the less it'll happen. And hey, if someone else does it to you, be gracious about it. At least the first time !
thats a great post... thanks for typing all that....lol....i think im gonna take that walk down the beach....like i said i saw a wave out front of the beach,house,,so i can always walk ten minutes down beach...so yeah going from golfing to surfing is etiquette shock......i also found the right of wave catching (whoever is closest to peak) very informative...and will put it to use....thanks buddy