In many spots around the world, the dreaded drop-in can end in fistfights and sometimes worse. It’s important to observe the correct etiquette while you’re out there surfing, otherwise things will just descend in to total chaos.
Surfing is about fun and about joy. It is about the feel of being in the ocean and riding nature’s own power. Of course the problem with all that is that sometimes humans get in the way. Here is a list of surfing’s seven deadly sins, the perpetrators of any of these deserve to go straight to hell.
In the last six months, Fanning has fought off a great white shark, donated $75,000 to a shark-attack victim, here, he deals easily with a bodyboarder who unwisely dropped in on him at his home break of Snapper Rocks in Australia.
We’ve all been there. You’re paddling for a wave, and you’re shoulder to shoulder with someone else who’s also paddling for it. You fully expect them to back off, right up until the moment where they don’t. In this case, however, the drop-in offender takes it up a notch and, in what is a total dick move, actually tries to shove the guy he dropped in on off his board. It’s unsuccessful, and drop in Dave nearly gets a board to the guts. Now, there’s probably some kind of back story that led up to this, but if it’s taken at face value, then this is one of the most blatantly drop ins ever.
Perhaps a little too harsh a punishment for an honest drop in? We’ll let you decide.
Dropping in someone is one of the worst sins a surfer can make, especially if it’s this bad. Sometimes they happen by accident occasionally… but when you’re screwing someone out of a barrel like this and risking knocking his head clean off in the process… you should probably rethink how you surf.
“It was such a fluke that there was a photographer out there as well. I’m so glad there’s evidence because I think no one would have believed me.”
The bodyboarder “run over” in stunning picture on the front page of the Gold Coast Bulletin has vowed never to surf at Snapper Rocks again.
Perhaps one of the greatest things about the pursuit of surfing is the lack of regimentation. No need to reserve court time, buy a lift ticket, or wait for the ref to show up—just grab your stick and go. Even the act itself is usually pretty loose—no governing body monitoring you and no authority figures telling you what to do. We surf by an informal collection of unspoken/unwritten “rules” that wave riders learn about over time.
The cutest part of the clip might be him pumping down the line with all his might, throwing a couple mini-cutbacks for good measure. And the dude who had been tearing up the wave beforehand dealt with the tyke rather well, even going so far as to give a couple enthusiastic signs of encouragement to the kid.