Originally Posted by JCKeck1
I don't know anything about surfing, but fully plan to take my SUP board to the ocean. Can you enlighten me?
I only surf SUP now when I go to the ocean. SUP is exploding with older surfers in particular, for example Gerry Lopez. I surfed in both Maui and San Diego this winter with no static at all by following a couple of basic rules of etiquette.
You can sit outside on a SUP board and snake prone surfers all day by building speed and catch the set waves before they peak. This is particularly true of kayakers who have a solid forward stroke right out of the box. That pisses off prone surfers who are sitting inside. Basically you just have to respect the line up and say off to the side or surf the less than perfect waves. That is what is so cool about SUP anyway, you can move around so easily and catch and ride waves that would otherwise be impossible on a surfboard.
SUP boards are big and heavy so be careful around prone surfers and don't ever drop in on anyone. The thing I do when I am sitting in the lineup on a SUP board and a set rolls in is I purposely hang back and deffer to prone surfers I'll even call out sets for them, basically just be nice and respectful because I on a SUP board there are so many ways for me to have fun besides just battling with prone surfers in the line up.
One other thing I learned is that there are some breaks where either implicitly or explicitly SUPing is banned. I went to a break in Maui where there were 30-40 people in the water and not one SUP. Pretty obvious...kook from Colorado on big board not welcome. That's cool, I went elsewhere.
I think a lot of local surfers are kind of grumpy to begin with and SUP is blowing up and has to be making their breaks even more crowded. I think if you are cool and careful you can avoid conflict. Its not like everyone on a SUP is a kook from Colorado though...there are a ton of surfers that are just more stoked to be out on a SUP board these days. Better workout, different perspective on the ocean and your fun is less dependent on getting waves.