I hardly ever voice up about these kinds of things, and I know the whole thing has been flogged to death, but I have just one thing to say.
If there are a few grommets surfing in a area, find somewhere else. Simple.
Nothing annoys me more, whether you rip or are a newbie, to see a SUP sitting out beyond a pack of groms, and catching waves through them. It is dangerous.
I reckon if we see someone doing this, it really is up to us to let them know nicely how uncool it is.
Protects the sport as well as the groms.
For sure! To dangerous, let the young ones learn in a safe environment. A real problem in our area.(mainly learner sup's)
damn..i thought this was going to a vid with a title like that
So no sup near kids, what about near groups of women is that ok?
Good idea. Seen it too many times taking my kids for a surf at a certain little known rivermouth at the southern end of Palm Beach Wasn't just SUP's either that were creating mayhem through the 3 surf schools and pack of dads pushing the kids onto the little reform in front of the car park. There seems to be a lot of old blokes having a mid life crisis learning on mals who think it's a good idea to surf amongst the kids on their foamies rather than paddling out the back too. One of these flappers hit my 10 yr old daughter a couple of months ago and she's wanted to surf there since.
hmmm sorry but groms, women and beginners will always go to point waves here on the GC....it should not be stay away if they are there, it should be stay away if you are not capable of controlling your craft.
EDIT: Rager, this was not directed at you, but the thread in general.
I agree, we all started somewhere but common sense would say if there is an area as big as the alley you could look past the carpark reform. It might not only be dangerous for the kid if they do run one over.
so once again we are starting to define what is important rather than blanket statements. I know the spot CMC and Rager are talking about well. And agree with what they are saying about this type of spot. If you dont know it, it is wasit high water, that parents etc can push their kids onto and where surf schools operate. It is not impossible but would be very weird to catch a wave at the point and end up here. Good surfers ususally avoid these spots.
The types that are going here are clueless or learners. If they are on big craft they need talking to.
I caught some of my first ever waves in the creek mouth, on a sup. But was half way between the beach and the groin. I was more worried about hitting another than anything else. That is why I started with help and in areas not as popular.
I understand where you are coming from regarding a beach break and groms. But sometimes the only decent breaks will have the crew and this will include Groms.
how young are you talking?
what skill level are you talking?
what age is the cut off?
There are surf rules and etiqute for a reason, If we all follow these with common sense A LOT more accidents would be avoided.
BTW, regardless of age or sex, it is usually the more skilled surfers that are avoiding a potential accident that has been initiated by a beginner.
Get over it.!!!!They're probably more dangerous to each other than anyone else in the water.
As a newbie (possible kook), I struggle to sup near others anyway for fear of causing injury. Spent last week in Lorne and a lot of time at the beach with my kids - the main beach was packed and looked good for some small right-handers. After paddling around looking for gaps between the hundreds of kids/adults on foamies (bizarre sight by the way, 20 or more 'competent-surfer-looking' people trying to catch a wave, with most waves going to the beach empty), I caught a couple of small waves, but gave up soon due to the amount of swimmers and surfers paddling across in front of me, generally when that one in 10 set came through! Had to settle for a paddle up the coastline catching <1ft runners instead.
You have brought a very valuable idea in to the light. I think Pete's point can extend to be mindful when entering the surf, on all equipment ... even body surfing ...
Don't worry about it PMORGAN I can understand totally what you are saying mate. And your post is relevant. Looks like this public forum has gone to ****. Seems like common sense has gone out the ****ing window. Reading seabreeze has become a bloody joke. A valid point from a obvious view point of water safety concerning young children.
Thanks Appsy, good to see some guys on here get what I was trying to say.
Did you get a photo of the villain for the sea breeze's most wanted wall?
PM, I value remarks like yours and only occasionally respond because you cop so much flack if you dare to be a reasonable person rather than a self centred fool. It is good to see people with sense writing decent things in this forum. I can almost bet that I will get a roasting because I agree with your comments. Remember that there are reasonable people out there who don't do stupid things.
Theres a old saying you cant buy common sence... Sups near kids are a no go zone in my books.