I didn't think to share this at first, but I keep reading stuff on here about people being dicks in the water and I felt like I needed to put out a positive story to help counteract all the negative news. I was out at Pacifica/Linda mar yesterday afternoon, enjoying the sun and the water and the semi-decent (albeit smaller) waves and had two really friendly guys chat it up in the lineup with me for a while. This is a big deal for me 'cos I just moved here about 2 months ago and it hasn't happened very often while I've been out. I didn't catch their names, although one was body surfing and not on a board, but it made me extra stoked when I got out at the end of my 2 hour session to have been treated so kindly as the new guy in the water, and to have them share what they knew about surfing around here with me and just have a fun conversation in general while we were sitting waiting for the waves.
I hope stories like these are the norm, but if we're going to use this site to call out the jerks, I think we should use to to call out the awesome people too.