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Old 02-14-2011, 09:45 PM   #11
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Originally Posted by kahala boy View Post
In Hawaii when I was growing up, it was simple, first up owned the wave. If both got up together, then the one in the back dropped off.
in hawaii [ makaha] if a local was on the wave do not try it if paddling out come across local paddle other way that was in 1987 sure loved that beach
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Old 02-14-2011, 10:19 PM   #12
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well, I know not to paddle out in front of a fisherman, that would be stupid...
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Old 02-14-2011, 10:43 PM   #13
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I haven't taken the time to read all the other posts but I'm confident in having an opinion on this issue. I've been surfing in Pensacola since I was 14. I've surfed Barbados, Eleuthera, Costa Rica, LA - San Diego, Baja, and the East Coach from Little Talbot Island to Reef Road. I fish more than I surf now so I'm comfortable speaking from both points of view.

A few things hold true every where you go. If a wave is breaking left and there is a guy to the right of you, he has priority and vice versa. If you are paddling out and someone is on an approaching wave, paddle straight for them. It is their responsibility to avoid you. They are in much more control of the situation that you are. It's similar to you being anchored and the other boat running with wide open.

If you're a beginner, find some spots off the main peak. Every surfer in the water was a beginner at some point and none of them mastered the sport by trying to take over the most popular breaks on their 1st day out.

If you're surfing the pier, there's no need to be right on top of the pier and interfere with fishermen. If it's a big day, paddle out right next to the pier (2-4 feet from the pier) and when you get past the sand bar, move into position away from the pier. Most of the fishermen are going to fish in areas where you don't need to surf. Seriously, who thinks they're going to catch a fish throwing at the sand bar with 3-5 foot waves are breaking on it. Vice Versa, most of the fishermen seem to drop their lines pretty close to the pier or fish off the end of the pier. The occasions are few and far between when a surfer needs to be close to the pier or near the end of the pier. If waves are breaking beyond the end of the pier and you have questions about surfing etiquette, please do your loved ones a favor and stay on the beach.

Last but not least, let common sense rule the day.

PS...go watch Big Wednesday.
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