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Attack of the zombie janitors!?

July 29 2008 | Jim's Blog,
by Jim

Surfrider stands for access to beaches and waves for all people. Our mission addresses the "enjoyment of waves."

This includes shortboarders, boogie boarders, loggers, AND stand-up paddlers, right?

In the 80's virtually all surfers were on shortboards.

Then came the longboard resurgence. Fast forward a few years and many surf breaks were dominated by longboarders who not only could take any wave that came near but also did take any wave that came near them. This upset the flow of things and made surfers on boards less than nine feet long...frustrated.

Most of us have been on both sides of this issue. We've been the logger sitting on the outside and able to pick off any wave. We've also been the shortboarder on the inside who is desperately trying to find an open shoulder or a wave not already populated with a longboarder or two.

So now, along come stand-up paddlers (SUP's). They are pushing longboarders down the food chain and taking any wave that they want. This makes longboarders feel short changed; and makes shortboarders more aggressive than ever. Throw in body boarders, body surfers and alaia riders and you get an interesting bouillabaisse or...a mess.

What is my point?

Pay attention to people on the inside.

Talk to them; share the ocean with them.

Let a wave pass you by. It is better to give than to receive.

This is especially pertinent to longboarders and doubly so for SUP's. Do this because who knows what next year will bring... tow-in SUPing?

Do it because it's the right thing to do.
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