Wow. Jason and Chris you two rock. Friggin hilarious.
The bottom line are the etiquette problems. If you don't come from a
surfing background, you don't necessarily understand how lineups work.
If you are going to SUP surf, you need to learn and respect the rules
of surfing. Then, you have to adjust them because SUP changes the
dynamic. First to feet or closet to the peak doesn't apply when you're
able to catch waves 50 yards earlier than a shortboard. And, you can
catch more waves, faster on a SUP than on any prone board. Paddle out
is faster. It's also easier to troll, to paddle from peak to peak to
catch waves. So for SUPs, the norm doesn't apply. The unfair advantage
means SUPs have to be extra careful to share waves and to find their
own peaks. Otherwise, the SUP advantage will bring some swift and
sometimes violent repercussions from the local surfing crews.
Here's Surfline's Etiquette article. Learn it. Live it. Love it.
As far as the waterways go, if everyone would treat SUPs like a bike
and paddle outside of traffic, we'd be MUCH BETTER OFF. Anyone who
goes out on the weekends to Masonboro is looking to get hurt, unless
they stay out of the way and especially far out of boat traffic. I'm
all for cleanups, but after the crowds leave. That way, we're not ike,
"Dude, are you done with that beer?" Enjoy the weekends safely, then
come over for a cleanup on a Monday night when the yahoos are gone and
the traffic is light.
The more people get in the way, the more heat we'll receive as a
group. It hurts everyone. It's like when a bicyclist rides their bike
in the middle of the road, blocking traffic and not moving over so
cars can pass. Sure, technically, they have a right to be there, but
what a prick move. Everyone gets pissed. We all take the heat.
Unfortunately, commons sense and respect for surf etiquette aren't
taught at point of purchase and its up to us to self-police our own
community. And, since we all seem to give such a shit about it, we
probably need to work together to make it happen. I suggest
decapitating anyone who breaks our secret rules. Perhaps cutting off a
limb. Whatever works.
The Distressed Mullet