Monday, February 8, 2016

Steamy Saturday

(above): Jeremy Pooley finding some free down the line flow.
With Waitangi Day air temperature floating around the 30 degree mark and the sea surface temp a balmy 24 degrees Saturday saw possibly the warmest session going down in Nelson surf history!!
As near good as it gets 3-4 sets charged through Snappers relentlessly with super consistency heaps of waves going down but along with this also a heap of people and sometimes the traffic almost ruined the day. A few heated words in the water has lead me to a bit of a reminder to those who dont know or sometimes "forget" the etiquette that goes along with surfing.

1: Sharing is Caring, but this doesnt mean 5 people paddling for the same wave. If someone is on the Inside ( closest to breaking curl ) and they look like a fair chance of catching the wave then it is
down right rude to paddle for the wave unless its your mate and you deliberately want to annoy!!

2: When paddling out and a surfer is riding a wave it is your obligation to get out of the way and this
means paddling to the inside broken water not the shoulder thus allowing the rider free down the
 line pathway unless you are so far out on the shoulder that this option is not viable,
 Bottom line,  Get out of the way!! No one wants to see carnage of both board and body.

3:  Sharing is caring 2.0  -   If someone looks like they havent got a wave for a while then give em a   chance.... call them into a wave or gift them a wave, You will feel awesome for it and then they           owe you one right? !!!

4:  Be honest with yourself......  are you really going to make that section?? If not then shout "go"
 There is nothing worse than a wave going to waste because someone thinks they are super human,
(above): Hayden Goulding doing a dam fine KS impersonation.

*With all the above said... Snappers is a frustrating wave when crowded due to the shiftiness of the
   peak and no real designated "inside"...... the best etiquette in    surfing is the taking turns game... if    you're honest with yourself ..you know who hasnt had a wave for   a while and if you are one who sits on the shoulder complaining  others who paddle past you have to be in it to win it... it isnt a   lunch  line!!!

So here is the simplified contradictory version.
1: Take turns
2: Closest to the peak wins
3: Get out of the way.

A final note:  Local surf girl Cindy Mosey basically summed it up the other day by telling all the boys to "pull their heads in" ... "Its not the world tour"... and " Were all out here to have fun".

Brutal truths.

See you Next Swell.



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