If you are real Gruvi, if you want attention, drama, meet people, try white water kayaking, and join a kayaking club. From my limited experience surfing is an individual activity. Surfers resent people invading their space, experience, waves, and lifestyle. Your demanding of “instant acceptance” in the surfing community is not going to work (obviously). If there are just a few people out I’ve always have had fun just being a total klutz but having fun riding waves on my belly, knees, feet, and sometimes head. If there are a lot of people out it are hard to stay out of the way, doge SUPs, and I get tired of dirty looks (not a fun experience).