why should we lose our spots? i caught my first waves in newquay bay as a pre-teen. as a small child i spent all summer on the beach with my parents. my father being a waterman and liking anything to do with water sports constantly pushed me to feel the same way so i was always in the waves, swimming pool or lakes and rivers having a laugh. i had a polystyrene boogie board and would always look at the guys out back ripping but be to small to make out there. when i got given my first proper board, an 1980s clark foam fish that had more repairs than board, i was well and truly stoked. this guy, long hair, ripped jeans and combat boots (the look of 1990s cornwall coasts) with a less than expensive lifestyle, a proper surfer in my eyes, basically gave me this board. it was like that then, as a kid thats what happened. you would get taken in by the older guys, they'd get you a board and show you the ropes. people would chat in the water, shout each other onto waves, if someone was in a better position the wave would be theirs....WHAT HAPPENED!??!!! (off subject but these new yuppie surfers have made our sport so expensive!!!)
now its a free for all. bodies everywhere, less and less familiar faces all getting driven away by the hoards of new comers with fancy cars and all the gear. these guys have no awareness of there surroundings nor the people that have been at these spots for years. if i dropped in or tried to muscle my way through as a grom i would have got given hell and get told to chill out they'll be more waves. now i spend most of my time in the water paddling up and down trying to get away from these muppets. i call it bum clubbing because i feel like asking them if they fancy me then explain that following me one way then the other and always going for the same waves is not going to get them better waves and is not cool especially when nice waves are rolling through underneath them and they are battling me for supremacy...F OFF! GO PLAY FOOTBALL OR SOMETHING!!! (i'm always surfing the crap shoulders to get away from the crowd!)
the point is that today a guy muscling all the decent waves in a already crowded line up leaving me to try and paddle onto cast offs with no power grabbed my leash as i took off. i was getting fed up and admittedly did force myself in deeper, but i was deeper. the leash then wrapped around his finger and hurt him. his reaction was i "shouldn't be surfing this spot" well shocked i replied "i've been surfing here 20years!". i didn't explain this to him but i wanted to say not so much over the last five years or so but for the reason that people like you surf here. i have seen this guy there a lot when i do brave newquay over the last year or 2 but he is not from these parts.
we are all losing our spots, even the secret ones! we need to all pull these guys over and say "chill out, they'll be more waves and give us some space eh!, no need to sit on my lap" and "don't paddle up behind me when i take off, try and beat me onto to waves and ruin it for both of us, they'll be one behind and DON'T DROP IN!!" you lot don't own the spot because you surfed it for a year the ocean is for everyone!!!!