I guess I will never get why people have to have an attitude while surfing, especially when there are very few people on the waves and there is more than enough for everyone.
Basically story goes like this: I get the first drop on a small'ish wave today and another cat took a later drop about 20ft. to the side of me, basically he wasn't even up yet when I took off. Anyways, I get my bottom turn in, turn back up the wave, cut back and come straight down...at which point I see him to my left about 10 ft. away. Anyways, the wave washes out and we both sink into the white-wash and begin paddling out....then it starts
, "you saw me didn't you???!"
My initial thought was "no" simply because he didn't have the initial drop and I did (keep in mind that I was closer to the peak of the wave and he could have taken a left instead of a right, and
we were plenty far apart to begin with). Anyways, he goes on this tirade about me dropping on him and cutting him off, etc., etc. At which point I simply said, "I'm sorry man, didn't know you were there."
Well, as the session carries on he is continually taking jabs with his buddies. You know, the "talking loud enough so I was sure to hear him" bullsh*t. By this point I was thoroughly annoyed and I said, "Dude, get over it, I said I was sorry." Meanwhile for 20 more minutes all I hear is "drop in this, go straight that, I was here when this beach was empty all the time, I am the best surfer ever....yada, yada, yada
My thought are this, the place was empty today. So why the hell did you have to paddle over by me, when I was essentially 50 yards away from anyone all morning? Also, if you care about crowds so much and people supposedly
dropping in on you, i sure hope you don't come to this break when its really going off...cuz I'm sure that would send him over the edge. If anyone here surfs El Porto in Manhattan Beach, then you know what I'm talking about!
I have surfed at this spot for quite a while now and have never had any issues (even on the super crowded days when you can almost literally spread out your arms and touch the guy next to you).
So why the attitude today? Why the attitude at all? It was a beautiful morning, plenty of space to move around and just very relaxed...until this douchebag came along. I get localism and there are places around the South Bay I won't bother with (Lunada Bay), but come on...Porto???!! I guess I just don't get it...you surf to have fun and enjoy yourself, not get all bent out of shape over stupid sh*t.
I can't be the only one who surfs for pure enjoyment and can do without the b.s. attitudes that some people have?