dress like a gondolier....this I will try
What do they wear??
Funny thing is those who hate it the most seem to be the kooks?? My theory is that they are frustrated at the lack of waves they are catching...this may or may not be the stem of some hatred. When I SUP at a break with better surfers I never get complaints.
I do offer priority verbally to any surfer in my space, and also call out sets, and tell if the second wave is better. " I can catch anything so you have priority." The guys who know me will ask me about the second wave before deciding to go on the first.
Being heckled one day I offered the shortboarder my broom, we swapped boards. I picked up a couple waves on his board as he entertained the point by looking very uncomfortable and even falling off on flat water...everyone gained some respect for the difficulty.
Clear advantage??? I have that advantage on a longboard too, must I cripple myself with an under sized board for the conditions to be cool?? I can wave hog on most boards....why would I do it more on my SUP.
After being an ambassador of niceness for the SUPers, I have low tolerance for those who snake me when I am out on my surfboard.
As for surfing it in 3' conditions...if it is 3' (belly to nipple high) on the best set with most being smaller...SUP all the way. Sitting on my tush for ten to twenty waiting for a fun wave??? I can have 10 inside peelers in 20 minutes, and the workout from paddling is 10 fold. I will save my surfboard for when we have waves ( above my nipples...makes 'em erect )
Different strokes for different folks.....but tail drop floaters and round house cutbacks sure feel like surfing to me...dress like a gondolier, or a janitor