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Re: Is it cheating to sit down in choppy conditions?
« Reply #15 on: May 25, 2020, 11:00:58 AM »
I learned to embrace any method required for any given condition.

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Re: Is it cheating to sit down in choppy conditions?
« Reply #16 on: May 25, 2020, 12:32:44 PM »
Exactly. Just keep up the stoke and do not mess up anyone’s wave.

My local sandbar has lined up this spring producing a nice left point.  Since being let loose, it is the only spot I have been surfing. Through social media I guess, the once quiet breaks current perfection is attracting the hotties from up and down the coast.

So yesterday it really lit up.  6-8’, very strong direct offshores and a strong current running south into the pit.  Big tubes like out of your dreams if you could get into them.  Only 2 waves in 2 hours but they were some of the best of my life. 

But you know what, I couldn’t sit down. You had to constantly paddle to remain in position.  A few times I prone paddled to give the body a break. The paddle back out was about 100yds and alot of water moving around and a low volume short board.
I might even have Pocahontas’d a bit on the inside in the turbulent rip.
Who cares. Keep surfing.

Today 3-5, light offshores and less current. Longboard and probably more than 30 waves.  Still had time to sit and chat.

Low volume or high volume, surf stoked and good vibes spread.


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Re: Is it cheating to sit down in choppy conditions?
« Reply #17 on: May 29, 2020, 08:08:16 PM »

  Is it cheating to sit down in choppy conditions?  Heck no!  If it's crowded I sit most the time in the pack.  I do use half a paddle (indiscreetly) while sitting down as I don't loose any ground in a busy line up with current.  This really pisses off proners as they float past me but...oh well.

  On bigger days I take my 12 foot PSH gun and sit 50 to 75 yards north (if going right) or south (if going left) of the "Take off" zone.  First I always let a lot of good waves go by which I could catch but don't... as to share.  This is hard to do and takes self control.  When I do stand up and go for a wave...I'm all business and take off late.  This is where you cannot mess up in front of the pack.  If you fall or don't make the wave it can be very hard and embarrassing to paddle back out.  Many times people cut me off from what they think is the take off zone.  Most of the time theY immediately cut out when I'm barreling down the line with a huge 12 foot yellow sup.

  With that 12 foot board I am at such an advantage I need to sit down and let a few sets go by for others.  Speaking of others, I over heard in the line up a few weeks ago of several college age good surfers who just bought a new surfboards and wetsuits with their Economic Impact Payment checks.  SSSHHHEEEEESSSHHH.

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Re: Is it cheating to sit down in choppy conditions?
« Reply #18 on: June 04, 2020, 09:45:54 AM »
Surfer mind works weird. It is a primal experience for those of us who love it, even though the activity to most people is just pointless fun.

I have SUPd a spot one day, and the next came back prone and when the SUP'rs showed up thought: "Oh, not these googans." Even though I was a googan the prior day. Our human nature causes us to tribalize ourselves subconsciously, it is so weird.

My only opinion on the sitting down matter is do whatever you want, just don't hog waves, and don't blow waves at the peak. I don't care about making prone surfers more comfortable, I am one and I am comfortable when I know the SUPr is not a wave hog and will not blow a wave, or wipe out in the crowd. I think all surf craft have a right to the peak, but that is UNcommon among surfers.

Just be sure to "check your SUP privilege at the door".
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Re: Is it cheating to sit down in choppy conditions?
« Reply #19 on: June 04, 2020, 10:56:51 AM »
Already said....whatever works for you. I've had to knee paddle many times. I've learned to love chop but  it wasn't always that way....fog kills balance goes to hell.

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