What Does "Respect the Locals" Even Mean?

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ndjen started the topic in Thursday, 27 May 2021 at 7:11pm

This has probably been raised b4 but I truly struggle with such a stupid statement.
I just have absolutely no idea what I should do beyond normal civil decency that I apply everywhere and to everyone.

As an example, I once lived in a very expensive beach suburb with no surf. But plenty of families would rock up daily to enjoy the
beach, parks, BBQ spots and facilities. As a ratepayer I suspect that some of my hard earned paid for the roads and other facilities enjoyed
by people from outside that suburb. Never did I ever have any sense that I was somehow privileged, owned more or was owed any
kind of special attention, respect or consideration.

If anything, I thought it was fantastic to see so many families have a huge amount of fun. Many families really struggle, so it's a delight to see them
having a great time.

What respect was I owed? Gee I dunno. The usual stuff like don't park on my footpath. Don't do burnouts in my street. Keep the music down
and leave the drugs at home. The usual anti-social stuff we all frown on everywhere and from everyone.

Now fast forward to a surf suburb. How do I recognise a "local". Are they tattooed with an identifier? T-shirts? Board colours?
When I do find one how do I respect them? Give them money? Kiss their butt?

In the water do they get every second wave? Can they drop in at will? Can they tell me to get out of the water?

If my council rates didn't entitle me to a BBQ bench of my own whenever I wanted it, how does a "local" claim more ownership of waves god
created to push to the beach- (for free).

I am really confused. My "respect" for locals has been to ask groups of surfers about the conditions, dangers like rips and rocks. Sometimes this
has been well received but other times you get a response that is trying to say "piss off" but their mouth breathing gets in the way. Nevertheless
it has never turned too nasty since as a white haired old bloke there aren't too many ego points in taking down someone 2 steps from fertilizer.

Anyway, I have no clue what kind of respect I should be showing and I especially dispute that someone who has the privilege of surfing many free
waves actually has any more entitlement to them than me. If they somehow created or cared for those waves, I would agree. But they don't.

But I am happy to be educated on this point.

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soggydog Tuesday, 15 Feb 2022 at 5:41pm

Lefties like carpark further north are nuts these days. We’ve been getting a few vanlyfers down south too. A few got tuned in very quickly when the rules got broken over the Christmas break, zero etiquette, all foreigners That’s why the spots not so easily accessed need protection.
Also the guy in my above story was a blowin “new local” from the UK. Fuck that guy.

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groundswell Tuesday, 15 Feb 2022 at 5:49pm

On a small day with easterly winds when the margs comp was on a few years ago a few of us went to a secret spot that when we got there no one was around...then Parko and his entourage turned up and paddled out...i decided to start drinking beers even though it was only 7:30 in the morning.
Surf was average anyway and felt sharky.

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Blowin Tuesday, 15 Feb 2022 at 6:21pm

What about the travelling son of a former pro who went West with covid and was everywhere in the surf media bragging about how he never paid rent , just lived in his car for months stinking up the beachside carparks.

Everyone’s done it a few times but do it all the time and you’ve graduated to official serial pest. Then the fuckstik decided to reward the WA locals who’d put up with him lurking around their beaches without contributing to their towns by selling out a very low key surf spot for a few dollars advertorial.

Take a bow bloke….you’re the Official Winner of the Selfish East Coast Disrespectful Cunt Award .Amongst some stiff competition I might add.

Congratulations on your title.

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seaslug Tuesday, 15 Feb 2022 at 6:35pm

And just think his fathers cutback was the absolute business in the day, all the boys down the point think you are an absolute flog

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seaslug Tuesday, 15 Feb 2022 at 6:36pm

Nick Carrol drops the soap for him

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seaslug Tuesday, 15 Feb 2022 at 6:37pm

Think he visited you in Kalbarri groundswell, to help with the rebuild of course...not

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etarip Tuesday, 15 Feb 2022 at 7:26pm
groundswell wrote:

also one morning saw a quoka which is rare for that far south.

Did ya have a yarn with it groundy, like your possum mate…? ;)

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groundswell Tuesday, 15 Feb 2022 at 7:41pm
etarip wrote:
groundswell wrote:

also one morning saw a quoka which is rare for that far south.

Did ya have a yarn with it groundy, like your possum mate…? ;)

Haha nah he was too shy and timid he ran off as soon as he spotted me.

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Blowin Tuesday, 15 Feb 2022 at 7:46pm
groundswell wrote:
etarip wrote:
groundswell wrote:

also one morning saw a quoka which is rare for that far south.

Did ya have a yarn with it groundy, like your possum mate…? ;)

Haha nah he was too shy and timid he ran off as soon as he spotted me.

Sure it wasn’t a quenda?

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groundswell Tuesday, 15 Feb 2022 at 7:54pm

Just looked quenda up and it may have been, i didnt get that close up of a look at it.

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seaslug Tuesday, 15 Feb 2022 at 8:46pm

That's what I was going to say it was mate, have a few living in my small shrubs

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groundswell Tuesday, 15 Feb 2022 at 9:26pm

Yeah it probably was a quenda, it was shuffling around underneath a tree that's perfect for a camping tent..but i was sleeping in my station wagon. Great spot, wish there was a wave like that up here.