Do Crowds Keep You From Surfing?

Discussion in 'Global Surf Talk' started by mattinvb, Jul 27, 2017.

  1. Toonces

    Toonces Well-Known Member

    353
    Apr 25, 2016
    I've heard that Swamis is uncrowded and a good beginner spot. Would you recommend I head there straight away?
     
  2. leetymike808

    leetymike808 Well-Known Member

    752
    Nov 16, 2013
    Yeah totally uncrowded. ....you'll have a blast.....bring your high performance shortboard too
     

  3. trevolution

    trevolution Well-Known Member

    Feb 16, 2012
    yes if theres more then 5 people out where i live i wont paddle out

    ill drive 20 minutes to the next empty point or slab
     
  4. DosXX

    DosXX Well-Known Member

    Mar 2, 2013
    Due to crowds and parking, I stay away from 1st St jetty (VB Oceanfront) during the "surfing season".
     
  5. Barry Cuda

    Barry Cuda Guest

    We never have crowds. For example, I went out at 5:15AM today, first one in. At 5:20AM, there were 25-30 morons sitting around me, not knowing why they were there.
    I took a wave in, got into car, and drove to the place I REALLY wanted to surf. And did so, by myself.

    Knowing that "first person in the water determines were the crowd will be", you can lure the morons away from the better spots. Works every time. Surfers are the most moronic species on Earth, bar none. Especially those from Massholia.......
     
  6. UnfurleD

    UnfurleD Well-Known Member

    825
    Jul 13, 2016
    i'm not believing this... there's barely any light out at that time, and i highly doubt that many surfers were in the water that early in MA or NH. you're full of sh!t
     
  7. Barry Cuda

    Barry Cuda Guest

    Plenty of light at 5:15Am.
    But because you drank too much alcohol last night, and are too lazy to get up in time--you miss it.
    More waves for me......buh bye!!!

    ps....there is presently plenty of light to go in at 4:45AM, should you wish to. Street lights are still on, but not for long.....
     
  8. DosXX

    DosXX Well-Known Member

    Mar 2, 2013
    There's a need for "surfer decoys", similar to what is used for hunting waterfowl.

    To the naysayers, daylight is longer during the summer in the northern hemisphere, the further north you go.
     
  9. Barry Cuda

    Barry Cuda Guest

    "Surfer Decoys"...perfect...thanks for the term. Should memorialized in SI Dictionary!
    And it is that which I have been doing for years; works every time!!
     
  10. kidde rocque

    kidde rocque Well-Known Member

    Mar 6, 2016
    Can't speak for O'Barry, but our summer daylight hours are from 4:30 am to almost 10:00 pm. No sh!t.
     
  11. sisurfdogg

    sisurfdogg Well-Known Member

    Jun 17, 2013
    Yesterday I was out with a surfcamp, and a guy on a bullhorn on the beach barking orders. It was surreal. They just kept drifting down the beach. I'd give the kids a hoot if they popped up. It made the lulls enjoyable. No one got in the way during the riding portion of the session. Only three people out besides me who could surf, so it was easy catching the peaks on the sets.
     
  12. maddogg

    maddogg Well-Known Member

    173
    Aug 29, 2013
    Crowds don't bother me.
    On point breaks only one person is in priority for each wave and enough of the crowd sits too far inside to get the good sets. So I'll take those.
    On good beach breaks it should peak in a few spots, so just wait till you have a good peak and go.
    And either way, be ready to call people off.
     
  13. Kahuna Kai

    Kahuna Kai Well-Known Member

    Dec 13, 2010
    Pretty much
     
  14. Kahuna Kai

    Kahuna Kai Well-Known Member

    Dec 13, 2010
    When the crowds get too thick and I have no choice but to paddle out on a longboard and control my destiny. I make sure to let good set waves through to avoid being a richard
     
  15. BassMon2

    BassMon2 Well-Known Member

    Jan 27, 2015
    Barry's 100% right. My first thought reading his post was that 515 is a late start. During summer, depending on cloud cover and what part of summer, ill usually get out around 430-445. Best way to beat a crowd. Try it UnfurleD. Nothing like watching the sunrise in the water surfing all alone.
     
  16. Barry Cuda

    Barry Cuda Guest

    What??!!?? You should never give the suckers an even break. Let the sh1theads know who is boss. Run them over if required or even for fun.
     
  17. Wavestrom

    Wavestrom Well-Known Member

    430
    Jul 5, 2014
    Got up at 6am last Sunday to go down to RI. Fully light already.
     
  18. LBCrew

    LBCrew Well-Known Member

    Aug 12, 2009
    The general rule for me is there's enough light to see fairly well an hour before sunrise... and if you don't get out until a half hour before sunrise, you've missed waves. So I shoot for first wave around 45 minutes before sunrise.
     
  19. cepriano

    cepriano Well-Known Member

    Apr 20, 2012
    lol I wake up Monday - Saturday at 4:30 am for work.so my 1 day I get to sleep I try not to get out of bed til 11.id rather go an hour before it gets dark but sometimes the waves only last through the morning

    I don't really deal with crowds theres plenty of empty beaches where I live.if I lived somewhere like Malibu or san diego then id probably be pissed
     
  20. DonQ

    DonQ Well-Known Member

    Oct 23, 2014
    It never use to bother me to surf in a crowd but up until about 10 years ago, I now avoid it as much as I can. Always have a plan B.
    Definitely an early paddle out is the best way to get empty waves, most of the crowds don't roll out until 9-10am but you don't have issues with them cause all they do is float. By that time, you have it dialed. Their just happy to be fuzzy and watch the show while still washing the sleep boogers of it. Strange phenomenon this wave priority thing. Also I believe that fear keeps most out till the sun is up. That and safety in numbers.