Right of Way - Who?

Discussion in 'Mid Atlantic' started by BlessedBePoseidon, Nov 24, 2015.

  1. BlessedBePoseidon

    BlessedBePoseidon Member

    Nov 24, 2015
    I am curious.....I know the basics in who has the right of way, and I give people as much respect in that as I can. When I paddle out to the line up, even if I paddle further out and have better position, I will allow the surfer/surfer's already waiting there dibs, and after they take the wave, I will jump on the next one.

    But, suppose someone is waiting in the line up, then, someone paddles from the side to be behind them, just as a wave is coming in and then wants to call that wave. Is there a term for that, and who would have the right of way? Thanks.

    If you want to troll, please be considerate to others and be sure to make them laugh. Thanks.
    Last edited: Nov 24, 2015

  2. BlessedBePoseidon

    BlessedBePoseidon Member

    Nov 24, 2015
    Wasn't sure if snaking was correct, but snaking/back paddling is the right term for it. Thank you.
  3. sisurfdogg

    sisurfdogg Well-Known Member

    Jun 17, 2013
    If you point behind the guy and make your eyes go all big, and say whoa,DUDE!, look at that fin, then snake him,that is acceptable.

    What is not cool, is paddling out on the most esteemed internet surf predicting forum in the entire east coast without a proper intro. Just sayin'.
  4. stinkbug

    stinkbug Well-Known Member

    Dec 21, 2010
    Back paddling
    Scumbag move. Usually wave hogs. I let it go a few times
    If they are constantly paddle battling trying to stay furthest inside they will get dropped in on eventually. This ain't a contest share a few ****ing waves
  5. scotty

    scotty Well-Known Member

    Aug 26, 2008
    There are plenty of names for them - all bad.

    However if they paddled deeper into the peak than you are sitting then THEY have right of way.

    Its a **** move, but doesn't change the right of way rules.
  6. ScobeyviIIe

    ScobeyviIIe Well-Known Member

    Nov 3, 2015
    Back paddling.
    I learned that lesson the hard way at Windan. Kinda frowned upon out here. Haha.
  7. antoine

    antoine Well-Known Member

    Mar 10, 2013
    You are snaking this forum... Now do a got damn hello tread before we send the white van for ya!
  8. trevolution

    trevolution Well-Known Member

    Feb 16, 2012
    surfing isnt tennis. Its a human and nature oriented activity in a dynamic fluid environment.

    just don't be a ****.
    if someones waiting for a wave, especially if youve watched em catcha few before you paddled out,
    be humble.

    Theres plenty more waves waiting for you and most likely a good session or two to be shared between you and your fellow human if you share the playing field. Giving waves is an important act of the art, just like a well placed cutback or the finale finesse of a big air section.

    Make the call when your in the water, but don't burn anyone.
  9. G-Wood117

    G-Wood117 Well-Known Member

    Jun 8, 2014
    closest to the curl has priority. I surf sand-bar-ie beach breaks where the wave sometimes stands up and sits down a couple of times ("Catholic waves" :)) before it makes up its mind, so I don't put any stock on who is further from the shore ... you want to go outside me and wait for the wave of the day, cool, I'll give it to you if you get to your feet. If you want to go inside me and hope I don't get on before you, that's cool too.
    Because this wave can break both directions, if there is somebody near me, I usually try to call out which way I plan to go so they can go the other way.
  10. DawnPatrol321

    DawnPatrol321 Well-Known Member

    Mar 6, 2012
    Communication is key, just the other day I was trying to go left cause i'm a goofy footer and this other guy kept trying to go right cause he is regular, so when I realized we were opposite and were going to eventually have a run in I suggested to the guy that we switch and he could go his way and I go mine and it worked out perfect.

    Both got our choice. Rides in opposite directions for a while. Only thing that went wrong was I ended up getting onto a right because it wasn't going left and I was closest to the peak so I went but he went too because he probably thought I would go left again and so I was riding behind him until he fell and I had to quickly straighten out and go around before finally getting caught by the whitewater.

    It was a fun ride while it lasted. He technically shouldn't have gone seeing me go from the peak but our prior agreement kind of set that up so I didn't hold it against him. I see this guy a lot anyways so I know he's got good intentions and it wasn't on purpose. Just gotta talk out there if it's getting crowded. It's when everybody puts blinders on and just goes no matter what is when issues happen and people get mad.
  11. seldom seen

    seldom seen Well-Known Member

    Aug 21, 2012
  12. pinkstink

    pinkstink Well-Known Member

    Aug 20, 2012
    I got burnt by a snake on Sunday but I was having too much fun to even say anything. I turned myself around to take a right (I'm on the peak) and this c0cksmooch hipster with a handlebar mustache starts paddling at the same time and grabs it. I was basically on top of him so there wasn't really any space to drop in next to him. It was so blatant that I figured he must have thought I was going left or something. Either that or he's a c0cksmooch. I yelled at him as he was taking off but didn't make a point of telling him off again. He stayed inside after that or I would've thrown his sh!t in the water. Focking snakes!
  13. Barry Cuda

    Barry Cuda Guest

    Mount a speargun on the nose of your board.
    You will be given right-of-way on any wave you want........
  14. actionpants

    actionpants Well-Known Member

    Apr 20, 2012

    Could just rock this thing and be the most bada$$ d1ck dragger out there
  15. LazyE

    LazyE Well-Known Member

    Aug 6, 2014
    Herro.There are spots where this is the norm. If you paddle out you're gonna have to paddle battle until you earn some respect in the water. Generally if you are not totally kooking out or being a d*ck people will give ya some credit eventually. No one owes you a wave get in position and take it!
  16. metard

    metard Well-Known Member

    Mar 11, 2014
  17. mattinvb

    mattinvb Well-Known Member

    Sep 9, 2014
    So I've been wondering this for a while but have been too lazy to ask. What is back paddling, specifically? I've never heard the term before coming on here, and I'm under the impression it's a new name for snaking waves, but then someone uses it in a context different than what I've always thought of snaking as (deliberately paddling around someone, right before a wave breaks, to get closer to the peak so that you are in a priority position).
  18. aka pumpmaster

    aka pumpmaster Well-Known Member

    Apr 30, 2008
    what is the calling wave sh!t?
  19. ScobeyviIIe

    ScobeyviIIe Well-Known Member

    Nov 3, 2015
    my beach, my wave!