The Worst People to Surf Around

Discussion in 'Global Surf Talk' started by Erock, May 18, 2013.

  1. Erock

    Erock Well-Known Member

    Aug 6, 2011
    All this local-centric talk lately has me thinking about who the worst people I've ever been around in the lineup are and where they are from. This is completely anecdotal, all about blanket statements and over-generalizations, so don't anyone take this personally and start whining about anything other than what I'm whining about. Got it?

    Worst People in the Lineup:

    1) Italians: They're always in Barbados, I have no freaking idea what attracts so many of them. I've had them repeatedly fade me, friends and locals I know down there. Seen them get called out of the water, slapped around, yelled at and they still don't seem to get it. The worst was one who almost landed on my head at Soup Bowl on a 3' OH day when I was tucking up under the lip.

    2) VA Beachers: I have never seen as many paddle-arounds and senseless paddle battles in one session than those around VA Beach locals and/or transplants. This goes way, way back to my grom years when Hotwax used to run a pro-am and I surfed the 17th St. comp a couple years and having to be around large groups of Vabeechers in the warmup areas. First time I have ever seen kids intentionally sit right underneath you to block you off waves. Not to mention every trip to the OBX I have ever been on--it's almost guaranteed if you have miles of beach to you and a couple buds a group of Vabeechers will paddle out right beside or on top of you. Hell, there are a couple transplants here who do the same thing to this day. They don't usually crowd me out too much because they know I'll just run over them now but they straight up harass my best friend sometimes

    3) UNCW Students (excluding Gnaractually, never met him in person but he seems like a standup dude): Beside the fact they all seem to think it's cute to drive down the right turn lane and cut in front of the line of people doing the proper thing waiting for the drawbridge at WB... even though this act of complete selfishness and disrespect relegates them to below rancid douche status in my book, I still think they are worse in the water. This definitely dovetails with the VA Beach factor somewhat, I'm sure. The problem with most UNCW surfers is they are "Summer Pros," and those who do surf in the winter suck just as bad too. It's almost guaranteed if someone ditches their board in front of you, cuts you off only to fall, paddles for the shoulder of the wave you're riding and getting in your way instead of duckdiving the whitewater behind you, back paddles you at Masonboro then has the audacity to ask for a ride on your boat back to WB and/or any other kooky thing you can think of--it's almost surely a UNCW student.

    So, what's everyone else's top 3 WORST PEOPLE TO SURF AROUND?
  2. Dawn_Patrol

    Dawn_Patrol Well-Known Member

    Jan 26, 2007
    Brazilians - admittedly a generalization based on just a few encounters, but inescapable.

    People who paddle repeatedly to the deepest spot, take priority, then blow the drop and come up yelling.

    Summer learners who you never see until May, then by the end of July they act like because they have just surfed with each other for 60 knee high days in a row, they are the local crew, bro-ing it up hard right on the peak.

  3. Paddington Jetty Bear

    Paddington Jetty Bear Well-Known Member

    Apr 23, 2013
    Ahhh that was awesome, Erock. Oh, how's that basehead who lives behind the dumpster, behind the convenience store by your house doing these days?

    Top 3 people I don't want to surf by:
    1. Men
    2. Women
    3. Kids

    I don't discriminate. I don't want to be around any of y'all. OMG, just leave me alone......Go away, shooo.

    However, contrary to what I just said, I'm always nice to anybody I encounter. I usually say a hello. And I just love people who mumble something back or don't say anything......and that only happens in July......which is humorous.

    I wonder if I'll see that guy, who exercises for 30 minutes before hitting the 2 footers, again this summer. Actually, his routine lasts longer than that because he stares at it for ten minutes........sizing up those two footers. Like, 40 minutes the tide continues to get worse and worse............
  4. northendcanyon

    northendcanyon Well-Known Member

    Mar 21, 2013
    You're just not acting aggro enough. When someone tries to paddle around me to get onto the peak I chose for that day it never ends well for them. If they don't drop in on one set wave, it only takes one, I will not even look their way the next time I'll just drop in on them. I will let them know I'm going to do that by saying it, not to them exactly, more to myself, in a manner that might make them question my sanity, and then I do exactly what I said. Usually they were just going to pull out again anyway but I give them the excuse to at least act like they were a charger, you know, they would've went but I cut them off. It's a win win for both of us, I get the waves and they don't have to look like sissy's. Eventually they will take a mediocre wave that I wouldn't even blink at down the beach a ways, and having blown their muscles trying to keep on my peak in the first place it's doubtful I see them again. Of course there's always the next jabronbron that wants to challenge the champ.
  5. jasorod

    jasorod Well-Known Member

    Sep 9, 2012
    Not sure about "a group of VA Beachers", but I know personally if I'm going down to OBX by myself, I generally don't like surfing alone, especially where there might not be anyone on the beach as well ... So yeah, if I see a group of guys in the water, I won't paddle right on top of them, but I would want to stay in somewhat close proximity so I'm not completely by myself ... and generally I try to hit up the various piers/groins where others will typically show up anyways at some point in the day.
  6. brewengineer

    brewengineer Well-Known Member

    Jun 22, 2011
    All people that I don't know. I just don't like surfing near other people. If I had a boat, I would only surf capers island, because it is wilderness. I don't mind surfing with friends. We know eachother well and share waves. I don't like the unknown, like when some random dude paddles up to my spot. He could be cool, he could be a ****, I just never know what to expect. For that reason, I try to avoid people. Also, I am still learning, so I don't want to be near a really good surfer, call a wave, then blow the pop up. Not cool for them ad makes me feel bad. I hate cold water, but solitude was awesome in the winter. Many days I had the whole island to myself. I am sad to see the tourists flow in, but they do bring us money.
  7. chicharronne

    chicharronne Well-Known Member

    Jun 22, 2006
    your #2 is my #1. which makes it a horrible thing considering it's my closest break and, because of my bidniz, have only been able to go to OBX 3 times in 8 years. I was surfing at Tulin in CR early one morning. no one out for miles. I was spacing out while scanning the horizon for my next wave. I saw big one coming(23') turned to go and there was some schlubb sitting right in front of me. he took my wave. I paddled away from him and my buddy came up and told me he was from VB.
    #2, Joisey's
    #3, Californians/Canadians. Cali because they get waves everyday. Canadians because of their special "junket" price on airfare to CR. Both because of weed laws there.
    Last edited: May 18, 2013
  8. BeachCruiser01

    BeachCruiser01 Well-Known Member

    Sep 14, 2007
    1) Brazilians Surf Hawaii and you will know why.
    2) Californians Ditto
    3) That guy that paddles out right past you, turns around and catches the set wave all without getting his hair wet. Don't be that guy.
    4) Anyone who paddles out to someone elses break and wants to own it. Get in line, dude, you are surrounded by locals who put their time in 2-3 ft. windblown slop in January for the good days.

    Give respect. Get respect.
  9. njsurfer42

    njsurfer42 Well-Known Member

    Nov 9, 2009
    VBers are the single reason i gave up surfing s-turns & rodanthe while on hatteras island. so unnecessarily aggressive & they always seem to travel in packs. they don't make my top 3 least favorite people to surf around, but they share some common traits w/ my #1, which is:

    1) brazzos. unnecessarily aggro, disrespectful, & they refuse to adhere to any type of line up etiquette. i've never even been to brazil, but everywhere i've run into them, be it panama or the maldives, they've been god-awful to share the line up w/.

    2) SUPs. we've gone over this ad-nauseum, but w/ summer coming, it bears repeating. while i'm sure there are many SUP surfers out there who are competent, respectful, & a pleasure to share waves w/, none of them appear to exist in nj. all we have here are dangerous kooks who are only trying to get a lazy leg up on everyone else.

    3) back paddlers. i don't care who you are. if i'm in position & you paddle around me to get deeper, i'm still going to take off. that's poor behavior & unacceptable.

    i don't really mind the "summer bros" b/c as a general rule, they suck. even if i'm in the water w/ them (which is a rare thing, given my summer work schedule), they're pretty easy to surf around & avoid.
  10. seldom seen

    seldom seen Well-Known Member

    Aug 21, 2012
    Inexperienced SUP'ers can be problem w/ the competent ones.
  11. Sandblasters

    Sandblasters Well-Known Member

    May 4, 2013
    i cant really call any one group of people out because we down get much or any crowds here, but ive only had a few encounters with **** heads but i tend to ignore them it take a lot to piss me off anyways.
  12. jasorod

    jasorod Well-Known Member

    Sep 9, 2012
    Boy, I did not realize we were hated so much ... glad no-one's ever keyed my car while I was out :confused:
  13. dlrouen

    dlrouen Well-Known Member

    Jun 6, 2012
    1. Those who chose to decorate their board with a gaggle of stickers. This normally leads to an over-exagerated sense of entitlement in the line up. "Hey brah, I rep hard." They usually suck pretty hard too.

    2. "Hey brah, can I get a few." You can spot one from afar. It's over when both of your eyes lock. Slowly, but surely, they will float their way up to you. Then, they pop the question. Sometimes it's some dude who "surfs back home" and the rest of the time, it's someone just trying to "try it out." I normally just ignore them, but that can sometimes lead to aggravation amongst the townies. Additionally, I dislike those who are just so ****ing pumped to see someone surf that they get in your way - "OH MY ****ING GOD! IT'S A SURFER. GET A PICTURE OF ME WITH HIM IN THE BACKGROUND SO I CAN POST IT ON FACEBOOK!"

    3. I really don't have a third, as I can't really generalize based on race, gender, location, etc; but, I do have a problem with dudes coming to my spot for a change and acting like they own the damn place. I have surfed the same spot for almost 20 years and I really don't want to go anywhere else. The people on my block are super mellow too. We're not all out there to grab ass all day. We give each other a "tip of the hat" and get on with our sessions. We've got more important things to do than to sit around and make up cool secret handshakes and gang signs.
  14. Plover

    Plover Active Member

    May 12, 2012
    How about people from somewhere else that flail around the lineup and your board hits them by accident and they call the cops?
  15. KillaKiel

    KillaKiel Well-Known Member

    Feb 21, 2012
    Ha, I live in VB. I understand you totally. It's not everyone but that crap is prevalent. Next time surfing VB (or anywhere) ask "if its waist high are they referring to water depth or wave height." Typically get a serious, aggravated answer. Remember, we're all here for the same reason...not to have fun (in a safe manner i might add) but training for the East Coast Pipeline Pro July 4th weekend.
  16. MFitz73

    MFitz73 Well-Known Member

    Aug 21, 2010
    I hate when I pull up to a spot I've never surfed before and the surfers who are already out think they own the break.... I just pull out the log and sit waaaaaaay outside.
    I'll usually calm the lineup down by picking off the best waves of the set....
    If they still vibe, instead of paddling back out I just walk up peak and paddle out.

    fckn kooks. lol. Just kidding... I don't do that.
  17. zach619

    zach619 Well-Known Member

    Jan 21, 2009
    Without a Doubt. Brazilians. Hands down the worst on earth. Dealt with them for a decade in SD. If I had my way, we would ban all Brazilians from american shorelines. Terrible. They surf lawlessly down there. Have seen dozens of them get slapped around because of it. Although, we should allow their women to come over, as long as they stay on the beach.
  18. chicharronne

    chicharronne Well-Known Member

    Jun 22, 2006
    VB surfers of old had to be the most aggro. Back in the day, one couldn't surf between 10 and 5 from memorial to labor day except 1st st and croatan.
  19. titsandpits

    titsandpits Well-Known Member

    Sep 4, 2012
    I think the worst in NJ would have to be bodyboarders between the ages of 9-15. Anyone under nine usually cant paddle out in big surf and anyone over 15 has the ideas of how a lineup should work. These senseless idiots all carpool here by their milf mama in a ****in 80-seater minivan, talk most ****, ditch their boards when paddling out, are obnoxious as ****...They see a head high set rollin thro and all the sudden the nimrods get their pussies wet screamin tsunami and so on...Oh and you cant forget how they think they run the show calling other people off when paddling for a wave? doing the normal drop heads while im bomb running down the line, sitting inside of you to block you and other douchebag moves in the lineup...I usually have patience for so long but the best way to deal with this is ride real aggresive, paddle right thro their cat lounge like a ****in bear, and if they drop in on me its fine i ride like i dont see you but if you end up with three fin slices in your back dont come *****ing to me
  20. Mad Dog

    Mad Dog Well-Known Member

    Sep 14, 2012
    Some of us UNCW surfers grew up here surfing WB year-round. The people you're thinking of are the guys who only think they surf because they go to school at the beach and I hate them just as much as you. I know plenty of UNCW students who know how things should work around here and deserve a lot more respect than they get.