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Rockaway locals burned by ‘hipsters’Posted 08 Oct 2012, by STABmag
Either directly or indirectly due to Saturdays Surf NYC, riding waves is hot in New York. Ain’t no better look than a layer of rubber and a twin-keel under the arm, right? Problem is, veteran Rockaway locals are furious about the influx of inexperienced ‘hipster’ surfers dropping in. During hurricane season, 90th has been the scene of much burning, thanks to late-to-the-gamers who haven’t grown up with surfing’s most important rule: if someone’s on a wave on your inside, don’t take off.
“It’s ridiculous,” Rockaway long-boarder Richard Livsey told NY Daily News. “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. I’ve never seen it like this. If they came here and respected the culture it would be one thing, but they disregard the Number one rule in surfing: They drop in on you.”
Ryan Hefner, of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, who’s been surfing for two years, told Daily News that “That’s a classic surfer debate. No one wants their local spot over-run. At the same time it’s tough because it’s public space.”
But, best of all, is writer Henrick Karoliszyn’s lead-in: “The Endless Summer is turning into the Endless Bummer for veteran Rockaway surfers.”
Source: NY Daily News
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