Spend most your time watching? People seriously take this stuff tooooo seriously. Just go out and have fun and stay safe. It's just a hobby. Are you getting paid to surf?
Don't try to go near the peak at some break in San Diego? WTF? The ocean is owned by no one. Just some common sense and courtesy/safety is all that's needed. Look both ways and don't snake a wave. Closest to the peak is the taker. That's it! It's amazing all these repetitive threads about stealing waves. It's not rocket science.
Surfer's giving respect over using a bic? What is this a junior high school popularity contest? What's next? Handing notes to each other in the water with a box saying to "check the box if you like me" to your butt buddy in the water? Ride whatever you find fun. **** it. The fact that there is such a thing as "surf rage" shows how screwed up some people are. Oh and surfer's, and especially sups have more a responsibility than boogie boarders to not run into someone( obviously because their boards can really hurt/maim someone if they run into you.) I've had a bodyboarder snake me and I could careless to be honest. He didn't put me in any physical danger. The waves weren't dangerously big anyway and bother of us were on a soft boogie board. I Just catch the next one. No big deal.