Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Hipsters act like jerks in the water, too
From the Daily News:
After fairing a mediocre summer of surf, Rockaway locals are now combating a wave of hipsters who are stealing their rides during hurricane season — the peak period for rideable swells.
“It’s ridiculous,” said Rockaway long-boarder Richard Livsey, 42. “The hipsters go out there and take waves from people who can actually surf. If they did that in Puerto Rico or Hawaii they would get beaten up.”
Hurricane season, which officially begins June 1 and ends Nov. 30, is considered the best time to shred at Beach 90th St.
But not this year.
“I’ve never seen it like this,” said Livsey, who has lived on Beach 98th St. for nearly a decade. “If they came here and respected the culture it would be one thing, but they disregard the No. 1 rule in surfing: They drop in on you.”
Surfers describe riders who hop on waves they’re already on as “dropping in.”
While thankful for the economic boost that newbies have brought to the area, locals say clueless hipsters don’t know this basic tenant of the sport.