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Why’s that a miracle, you may ask? Because, this man is not riding a wave, but seems to be skimming across the surface of the water as if he is being pulled by a tow. What we’re seeing is a technology that’s been out for a while, but here it is spotted in the wild. Unfortunately, common sense is not included as we see the man clearly breaking surfing etiquette and putting others and himself in danger.
There’s a thing called surf etiquette that keeps people from getting hurt, and allows for everyone to have fun. Ask any surfer, and they’ll be able to tell you about “the lineup,” “right of way,” and “position” that allows for an organized session. Now, in reality, there’s still a lot of frustration because there’s no official rules per se. The worst offenses are “dropping in,” actually demonstrated above where a surfer gets on a wave that someone else is already on; as well as “snaking,” which is when you are in position and someone else paddles around you to push you off.
We’re not sure what the specific board in these photos is, but we know one thing for sure; this is not how you introduce the technology. I have always dreamed of a self-propelled board to get me out past the break, or to get onto the bigger and faster waves. In addition, there’s already tension because short boards compete against long boards that can catch waves faster; giving long boards an advantage in positioning. Then, we got SUPs, and they have an advantage over long boards because they can get even better positioning. And on top of that, we now have surfing kayaks, that just DGAF and run everyone over (nice helmet chump!). So, to get another vehicle out there that outperforms everyone else is making the “often-portrayed as peaceful” sport of surfing, less that.
But hey, for us short-boarders, the waves will trickle down right?
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