I had my first encounter with a really aggro punk out in the lineup today. I was wondering if any of you guys had any similar stories. Also, just a heads up that if you see a sort of mid-sized dude of about 20 with medium-long black hair on a shortboard with a blue-trimmed deck, a red bottom, and a camera mount surfing at Lincoln or thereabouts, that dude's a prick and you should totally drop in on him and close out his waves if you see him. I was surfing at Lincoln today. I got up at 6 to get everything packed and catch dead low. Some nice surfable-but-choppy waist and occasional stomach and chest swell. I was on my longboard, like I almost always am, and I found myself at the peak of a wave I wanted to take, paddled, took off, made my bottom turn and settled myself into trim. I don't really know what happened from then, because I didn't even see anybody in front of me. I'm assuming some people had a collision in front of me (which means they probably dropped in on me) and their boards were floundering around. I felt a tug and got pulled out of my wave, so I imagine my skeg must have snagged one of their leashes. So I get thrown from my board and when I come up I'm stuck in the middle of this one dude on the aforementioned board screaming at this other dude on some sort of funboard, yelling at him for accidentally colliding with him or whatever "you should have seen me! What the ****! I'm going to beat your ass! **** this **** that blah blah blah." So as I untangle my board I ask him calmly as he's screaming at this poor dude "Come on dude, chill. Is this what surfing's supposed to be about?" So then the dude comes after me. He responds "No. It ain't bro. Why don't you get your kook ass off the beach? You better not let me find you on shore, I'll beat your ass down." I just paddled away, while he started mocking me for paddling away. I didn't want any violence, and I didn't want to ruin my session arguing with some aggro douchebag. Besides, it's not like I was afraid of anything. If he had tried to attack me he wold have gotten in way over his head. So, have you guys ever had any encounters with aggro pricks who threatened violence against you in the water? I'd like to know your stories. How did you respond? Do you think I handled this situation correctly? I'd like to know if I did anything wrong.