So if you aren't in a foreign country where it's fairly obvious, how can you tell who the locals are? If everyone is abiding by the rules, then you aren't really be able to tell who the locals are. On an empty day when there is a lot of space then people can barely even see each other. So given all of this... How are comments like, respect the locals who have been surfing that spot forever, even valid? How do I even know who the locals are? Maybe the guy drove to that spot from far away or maybe he came out of that house right over there.