Surf Rage? You bet!

Today, I've been reading Surf Rage: A surfer's guide to turning negatives into positives edited by Nat Young (and Derek Reilly).

It is certianly an interesting comment on the issue of violence in the surf and why it occurs. It also contains several examples of blaring hypocisy and finger pointing! No-one wants to take the blame, no-one seems to want to be guilty. It seems that many of the contributors want to remain as alpha-male surfers, but to also stake their association with the historical development of the 'surfer's code'. There is a ridiculous amount of 'back in the day' postulation about their own experiences, with an emphasis on the 'authentic' experiences of earlier surfers and how they compare to the somehow less pure experiences that people have today. The way these men write, it's as if you weren't around in the scene in the 60s and 70s, the you don't know what it's all about. Is it merely a case of grumpy old men, lost in their heyday of beautiful youth and physical perfection?

I need to go back over some of it, and a lot of it is quite interesting and great, but a fair amount of it has made me seethe. Anyway, more on this another time. It's late, I'm tired, but I needed to vent...


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