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Topic: is the localism really that bad?
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Topic: is the localism really that bad?
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Natalie

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is the localism really that bad?

I'm a newish surfer having surfed through Mexico and the West Coast of Canada.  I have the opportunity to study on either the Big Island or Oahu and would like to pick the mellower island. Looking fwd to surfing but not to a bunch of attitude. So basically, any stories about localism or lack thereof would be appreciated. Thanks.



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kaity

RE: is the localism really that bad?

I surfed the north shore a couple of years ago and the locals are really intense.  Some of the guys even had there zip codes tatooed on their arms, but i was pretty young and not really confident with my surfing, so I am not too sure if I was just overreacting.  From what I remember, I was nervous and they wanted me to be, it's their turf, it's understandable that they don't want a whole bunch of kooks coming and ruining it.  p.s. I'm not calling you a kook

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Shan

RE: is the localism really that bad?

Hi there, To be honest, you should be fine in most places since you're a girl. I'm sure you've learned to study the waves before heading out, just be sure to do the same with the surfers on the islands. The bigger question is what kind of experience do you want? O'ahu has the city whereas the Big Island is more country. I'd pick O'ahu since you can find both there. Good luck!

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lelekea

RE: is the localism really that bad?

I moved to BI 3 years ago, from Maui. BI doesn't have the number of waves that Maui does, but the times you catch them will be times to remember.  You have to be a bit more of an off-roader to get the good stuff here. But you usually have it all to yourself.  Not for the scairdy cats. Aloha

By:

ML

RE: is the localism really that bad?

Hey Natalie,

Coll that you're going to the isalnds, that's one of the best places to surf, 80 degree waters, sunny.  To answer your question about which island is mellower, it's definately the Big Isalnd (Hawaii).  Very country and rural, haven't surfed there, although I was born and raised on Oahu.  Most of all surf spots, not only Hawaii, has of  course, and unfortunately, bunch of jerks, locals that surf the spots regularly and think they own it.  Paddle out w/a buddy, and smile, show 'em what you've got, and soon enough they'll tame down.  Hope this helps........enjoy!

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Keoni

RE: is the localism really that bad?

Unfortunately we do have our resident idiots.  However, please understand that the majority of local surfers are actually quite socialble and amiable. Problems tend to happen when visiting surfers don't properly ascertain their skill level before paddling out. Not just here in Hawaii but anywhere in the world.  Their inexperience tells them its okay to paddle straight to the takeoff in front of those already there, their inability to find the line-up and instead follow those that do, sitting in the impact zone, impeding the path of a surfer on a wave by paddling to the open face instead of toward the white water, sitting in front of a surfer dropping into a wave....... Become a competent surfer before deciding on challenging the peak.  An incompetent surfer is a danger not only to himself/herself but to others in the water as well.

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Keoni

RE: is the localism really that bad?

Unfortunately we do have our resident idiots. Please understand that most surfers are actually quite sociable and amiable. Problems tend to happen when visiting surfers don't properly ascertain their skill level. Not just here in Hawaii but anywhere in the world.  Their inexperience tells them its okay to paddle straight to the takeoff in front of those already there, sitting in the impact zone, impeding the path of a surfer on a wave by paddling to the open face instead of toward the white water, sitting in front of a surfer dropping into a wave....... Become a competent surfer before deciding on challenging the peak.  An incompetent surfer is a danger not only to himself/herself but to others in the water as well.

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Braddah D

RE: is the localism really that bad?

The localism is not too bad over here.  You just have to know how to act and where to surf.



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steve in San Diego

RE: is the localism really that bad?

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By:

boy

RE: is the localism really that bad?

Hawaiian locals out there never mind giving up all da secret spots




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