True... 80s were hardcore, but these 40 and 50 year old men grew up in the 60s and 70s when surfing was different. I'm only comparing them to my friends father who also surfs and was out there on Saturday. He even felt like the older men were being really ridiculous... just greedy and totally aggressive to the point that people paddled away from them because they rode every single wave no matter what. I mean good for them to be able to catch wave after wave but I know it annoyed a lot of surfers out there on Saturday.
The thing I miss about the 60 and 70's that somehow has been lost in the line-up when a rider has priorty he or she usually yelled "coming down" or a simple "yep" allowing time for paddlers cutting off priority rider to back out avoiding collisions (dings). Surfing etiquette is a learned behavior not sold with the surf board so even some old guys need a lesson too.