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THE TRUTH - 2007/02/17 15:24 how many surfers actually hate bodyboarders? im a body board btu i lvoe surfing i would surf if i could..most my mates surf and i just wanted to no how many people think bodyboarders should jsut F#@k off??or bodyboarders that think surfers r the annoying ones..and i no at my local break most people share the waves except this 1 surfer that reckons he owns the joint but then u got other surfers that will sheild a wave for u..let me no what u think..?
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Re:THE TRUTH - 2007/02/17 16:56 surfing is riding a wave... and riding a wave is not only possible with a 6"2...
So every kind a tool got its place! bodyboard, longboard, surfboard, skimboard...

It's also depend what kind of wave you're surfing : some are just impossible to takeoff for surfer without a jetski but bodyboarder can do it...(and for me tow-in is not anymore "real surf", just something different for a kind of "elite" people), sometimes it's different you need more speed and to use a surfboard, it depends ...

often "old generations" are less comprehensive about people using something else than a shortboard, but this kind of behavior will disapear very soon. most of the new generations learned to surf together, surf, body, long...the respect is something real now between the young who are not hesitating to exchange their boards too!

Just be open minded and respect the guy who is rippin'... don't care if it's a bodyboarder, a surfer, or an alien surfing ...

Post edited by: wannaboy, at: 2007/02/17 20:53
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Re:THE TRUTH - 2007/02/18 00:38 Don't agree with the "love all, share all" approach. Bodyboarding, in general, (and with caveats about certain extreme bodyboarders etc etc) requires much less skill than surfing, both for catching the waves (flippers) - and especially for taking the drop (er, you just lie there....) What a bodyboarder then does on a wave, no matter how 'radical' is always viewed in relation to this. So when bodyboarders 'claim' waves, and/or drop in closer to the peak and hog waves.... this pisses those of us off... 'cause its easy and ANY surfer could get on a bodyboard and 'rip': most lie-downs couldn't take a drop and pull into a barrel standing. there is no comparison of skill levels required. Why do you think most kids start on bodyboards... 'cause its easy. If you're over 13, you should probably try pushing yourself and try real surfing. Its harder, you'll get fewer waves, but you'll feel the rewards of your own skill and from your surfer buddies...
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Re:THE TRUTH - 2007/02/18 03:44 i dont hate bodyboarders...i keep the same respect on the bodyboarders that I do with the surfers. For me, bodyboarding is a king of surf too, as bodysurfing is
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Re:THE TRUTH - 2007/02/18 15:59 Ok at first, bopdyboard is easier. But when you see what top bodyboarders can take.... ouch, it's weird! A surfer just can't do that!

I have noticed too that there are less probleme between bodyboarders and surfers than 5 five years age. That's great
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Re:THE TRUTH - 2007/02/18 18:34 ok, so I have to take this role...

Bodyboard is maybe easier when you start to surf, at least at the "catch a wave" step...
But the real difference that most surfers don't understand is the real way to use a bodyboard...it's just different than surf.
Not better , not worse than surfing...it's different.

the point with bodyboard is radicality, air and projection. But the thing is that there is much less good bodyboarders than quite good surfers because since you will be trying to control the air tricks you will touch another world.
El rollo, Air roll spin, back flip, reverse air... all those tricks are definitly hard to execute and mostly when you have to do it in the most radical part of the wave as pro bodyboarders have to do in their contests.

Bodyboard is a different tool and that's it. You can use it to surf some part of the wave than most of surfers will never see... as Evan Slater said in his edito of the last Surfing photography issue (talking about water photographers who are for most of them former bodyboarders) :
" Good bodyboarders have spent more time behind the curtain and the foamball than most good surfers will never know..."

But for me the thing is mainly a question of respect and knowledge of others in the water.
I'm happy to see that the new and actual generations of riding people (from 10 to 25 years) are really differents than their fathers and grand father one's.
Because if they surf they also know about bodyboard, or even tried it. They progress in the same time than their bodyboarders friends , they share the same trip, they look the same videos (about surf but also bodyboard, skate...)...

New generations are just more open minded and know more about ocean sports than their fathers generation... And for them no question to talk about the easiest way to take off with a bodyboard or to have speed with a surfboard but just one thing: who is the guy ripping? who did the most radical tricks on the most radical part of the wave? ... and for those questions no worries if the answer is a naming a bodyboarder or a surfer...

SO as some people said before me : there are much less problem in the water because there are much less people in the water who don't know what they are talking about and need to buy a brain (uuhh sponger go out...) , and very much less people who didn't travel and never met somewhere in this planet a bodyboarder ripping his spot!


And for those who are not happy with that... we just don't care!
Have a break and look "the road" or "A blank canvas" or "the inside"...you will learn a lot dude

Post edited by: wannaboy, at: 2007/02/18 18:40
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