Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Are Nelson Surfers too Nice?

A lot of dropping in going on over the last few swells and not too many willing to say anything about it and/or a lot claiming to not even realise theyre doing it.
Dropping in, or taking off on a wave that someone is already riding or paddling into is a cardinal sin in surfing.A wave setup such as Snappers can often lead to the pack pushing eachother deeper and deeper to the point where waves are even wasted as the guy on the inside actually has no hope of making it.
A bit of courtesy and common sense does not go astray and often the "taking turns" method works quite well as it does at a crowded skatepark. People already riding the wave need to give a shout out to the guy paddling on the shoulder to let them know they are all good for the wave and likewise if you dont think you're going to make it then perhaps call someone else into the wave.

An overseas mate and a travelling bunch of Kaikoura surfers said they were astounded at the anarchy going on out at Snappers and embarrasingly enough.. they are right. Imagine turning up to Kaikoura or Westport and dropping in .... you would probably have about half an hour before you were either on your way to the hospital or there was no air left in your car tyres.

Common sense and honesty. Are you really going to make that wave???,,, Are you being a piggy?..
and maybe that naieve guy/girl doesnt actually know they are in the wrong and needs some friendly advice.

We are a nice bunch of folk here in Nelson
and through communication we can all get along at the dinner table.


  1. I consider myself a reasonably well traveled surfer and my first impression of Nelson surfers was that you were the friendliest bunch I'd come across.
    Unfortunately after a few more sessions I realised this niceness and the lack of law enforcement in the water could be your downfall.
    As more and more people get away with blatant dropins, younger (and older) guys who are new to the sport will think this is just the norm and the tradition that is the Nelson Party Wave will continue or someone will get seriously hurt.
    Have a look before you go and have a word if necessary

  2. Heres my honest opinion.The days where drop ins become prevailent are normally those slow 2 wave dying swell days under head high. As soon as it becomes more challenging the cream rises to the top and the good, the bad and the ugly all get graded out.


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