Where's the Love

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Rant - Where's the Love

Stop harassing each other on this site. As RBL Posse put it, "Don't hate, congratulate." Be stoked for each surfer or surfetts. Catch waves, wipe out, and keep a smile on your face. For all you hater surfers out there, I think you need to create a new website. You should call it Emo surfing for competitive assholes. Hang loose dudes and dudetts.

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Jesse R.
2 years ago

+1 for RBL posse reference, don't gimme no bammer surf

burro
2 years ago

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mlanson
2 years ago

Was thinking about a section of this site just for angry assholes. There are just too many surfers now for localism. It's not sustainable.

surf8266
2 years ago

Not "sustainable"? Well is it organic or biodynamic? How about straight from the source? Or just plain ol grass fed? I think the cause of localism is too many surfers, so that post makes no sense to me. More surfers=more localism.

surfermax
2 years ago

Dude I am a 5th generation San Francisco native. I am all for waves for all. Anyone out in the line up who is an ass hole or claims the waves for locals only have big ego problems, I feel sorry for the people who claim to be a local and is a rude dude. Be nice out there

fin
2 years ago

More love. Next time you surf,paddle up to a stranger and give them a big man-hug.It is a nice way to get a peak to yourself.

the mustache
2 years ago

Anyone care to join me on my crusade to quit surfing so the lineup will be less crowded? This way, our rad moves will go completely unnoticed, undocumented, un-stokereported... Subsequently, surfing will cease to exist altogether. As soon as the last person exits the lineup forever, we will strike and reclaim surfing as ours!

mlanson
2 years ago

@ surf8266 "Not sustainable". Newer surfers out numbering territorial assholes who think they own a piece of the ocean. You can't keep it up when you are outnumbered with smiling, stoked new surfers in the water who are just there to have a good time.

mlanson
2 years ago

I'm a newer surfer. I've been surfing 3-5 times a week for 6 years. I've had a couple guys yell at me for whatever reason and they just look like jerks. Everybody looks over and notices the bad vibes coming from a lone, angry surfer. Just seems outnumbered to me. I NEVER yell at anyone for dropping in at me or getting in my way. I might shout "I got it" if I can catch the guy not looking down the line. My surfing experience has been a very friendly one and I've met so many more friends in the water than angry dudes. I hear so much more about this crap on this list than I ever see in the water.

Peace out.

fatnewt
2 years ago

Be nice, be safe, be stoked, and everything else falls into place.

sharkturd
2 years ago

@stache, +1, sounds like a good plan....you quit first, I'll (cough) follow your lead.

mrniceguy2
2 years ago

Hey, you're the one calling people assholes ;)

Wave Glider
2 years ago

Enough! =^.^= Chill out people. Behind every dark cloud there's a rainbow.

going_left
2 years ago

i hear about local-ism at OB and i'm surprised that anyone experiences it.

5 million people live within 25 miles of OB. that's a lot of locals

i have been surfing OB for 15 years and have never met a mean guy. maybe I have been lucky.

I surf goofy foot (hence my alias on here) which is a huge advantage since I think that 70% of the good waves coming through are lefts and there are way more natural footers who won't/can't go backside but I;m sure that can be argued.

blah

going_left
2 years ago

thanks Makai.

love that track!

the mustache
2 years ago

turd- i started my crusade at the start of december. seems to be working. man, it feels so good to be out of the water.

mlanson
2 years ago

Wow. I've never thought about that, but the lefts I rarely take off on (if I have to) have been pretty great. I'm going to start looking for lefts on crowded days. I really like a top turn on a left, regular footed. my stomach drops.

sharkturd
2 years ago

way to stop surfing @stache, you're killing it. I'm right behind you, bro...er, right after this next wave.....okay, well maybe one more....well, two more waves, max, and I'm done.....for sure....wait , here comes a set.....one more....

Wave Glider
2 years ago

Yet regardless of what life gives us, some of us are still able to "Never Give Up!" I recently joined up with www.surfingforlife.org and Tom Brown, and for that reason I'm so grateful I can still surf.

Things could always be worse than someone on an SUP, or getting dropped in on with all those waves out there and other places to surf. Enjoy what you have, and please pay it foreword.

surfermax
2 years ago

For the record, I just want to make a point that the shit giving, has been given on this website. I don't think I have ever been treated badly in the water at OB.I have gotten it in other spots even in stoned out places like in Humboldt.
I do appreciate everyones input and fed back from the post. Happy surfing. Tomorrow is going to be small and good. Have fun

fullybrah
2 years ago

i see surfing as one of the most amazing things i can do with my time. when I'm in the water i feel better than i do doing most things. therefore i try to spread the stoke as it were. i come off a bit surly and am often quiet while surfing, its meditative for me and too much banter in the water bums me out. i never sweat anybody for snaking me unless its intentional or dickish and i am apologetic if i drop in on a debatable wave and someone takes issue with it. life in the city is hectic and there are bad vibes. it is part of life. but its all about the love. the love of surfing and we should share that will all those out there, whether surfing or surfing the interwebs. easier said than done but i agree with the op. we need to work on that shit.

3eagles
2 years ago

SurferMax, thanks for bringing the "stoke" back to the "stoke report."

the beard
2 years ago

Hi-

It is my belief that a large portion of the back and forth banter on this site has proven to be beneficial in many ways, specifically the conversations that have been geared towards live reporting and detailed reports that provide not only location, but also photos. This has never been ok, and never will be. I find it to be all about this need to communicate and be acknowledged or some deeper society issues that I don't care to get into. While my opinion is only just my opinion, I feel strongly that there is a certain newer population here that surfs, and whether they are just beginners/intermediates or recently moved here, that this newer population doesn't have the same feelings as many of us who grew up surfing here do. When I mention this, I speak mostly about the fact that for a lot of us who grew up surfing here, the "vague" and quiet demeanor abut our wave count and sessions is something that we have all known and valued since day one, and for many of us, day one was decades ago. Surfing is something sacred to I hope most everybody that is on this site, and for that matter, in the water. But to expect everybody to just "get along, and be stoked" is nowhere near reality. This site brings a lot of joy and smiles, but don't kid yourself, this site has also brought with it a fair share of bullshit.

With all due respect.

- The Beard

Terry Gross
2 years ago

I just don't have love for the Santa Cruzers who come up in packs with their sticker laden boards and "wow it's so different up here.".

mlanson
2 years ago

This is an interesting thread... I was pretty bummed to find this site at first. I live a block from my favorite part of OB, I don't need a report when I can walk across the street. As far as I was concerned the less people that know about the conditions, the more waves for ME. But getting upset about it is like Rupert Murdoch trying to get Google to stop indexing any sites that link to pirated content. There's just no stopping the future and he's out numbered.

chrispy
2 years ago

@mlanson: agreed. how do you feel about the site now? do you enjoy it?

danimal
2 years ago

Shocked, pissed and paranoid were my immediate emotions 22 years ago when my Dad handed me the two part 1989 New Yorker magazine article exposing OB. The sky was falling. How could Doc Renneker do this? He gave away the farm. What a sell out for not just agreeing to be interviewed, but providing a 'how-to' guide on surfing the Beach.

Shocked, pissed and paranoid were my immediate emotions about 1 year ago when I 1st saw a Stoke Report
reference in Surfer Magazine. Sound familiar?

My point? The sky didn't fall. I still get plenty of waves, and so do my friends. Stoke Report is actually pretty cool, most of the content here is very entertaining. OB is just too big and badass to worry about shit you can't control. With all due respect, shut up and surf.

mlanson
2 years ago

@Chrispy: I surf more because of it. Sometimes when I'm too lazy to get out of the house I'll take a look on this site and read a positive report. I never fail to go out if I read anything that's at least fair-. Sometimes I'll even leave work early if I read that it's really good and didn't make the morning session. I also like the sense of community and I like the surfing and ocean related articles that I would never read otherwise.

3eagles
2 years ago

Let's please not turn this thread into one about naming locations. This thread is about not being an ass-hole to other stoke report readers and contributors. The best content added are the threads that support other surfers, share positive experiences and keep the "stoke" going. It makes for a nice diversion from my non-surf work days to read about my local beach scene or see a few new videos, etc. But all the negativity, name calling and general "I'm better than the rest of you" BS has got to stop. It makes for a crappy "stoke" report and for that reason, I'm with @SurferMax in saying "Don't hate, congratulate."

surfermax
2 years ago

@3######. Right on. Stay stoked. You help keep this post on track. Thank you and the surf community thanks you I'm sure. hang loose

sharkturd
2 years ago

The love has been distributed...let's have a group hug now and move on:)

Eatnectar
2 years ago

I dressed as an Emo dude for halloween one year. Wost. Idea. Ever. Everyone thought that it was my real get up. There was no love that night. No love. I was also in a desert where there were no waves. No waves. It was hell on earth.

joneser
2 years ago

I have to concur with a bunch of the other folks here and say that I have never had a bad experience at OB either. My rule of thumb is try like hell to stay out somebody's way who's flying down the line while I'm paddling out, don't drop in on anybody, and apologize if I do. I usually find that works and people don't drop in on me as a result.

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