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Roberto P December 06, 2013 at 06:45 PM
Here is the link from the Santa CruzRead More Sentinelhttp://www.santacruzsentinel.com/copsandcourts/ci_2466 6152/suspected-watsonville-shooter-extradited-mexico
Roberto P December 06, 2013 at 07:03 PM
Just wonder why the patch has not covered this important Watsonville story?
Dan Young April 16, 2013 at 06:45 PM
Hi, Nigel - I agree with you that there needs to be more understanding between everyone. I grew upRead Moreb oating (lake and ocean) in this area and was taught the 'rules of the road'. As long as everyone abides by the rules and keeps each other safe, I don't care what one rides. I agree that the announcer should have been more aware not only with expressing his personal views but he should have had the experience to see that you needed to take a certain path and were not there trying to catch waves. Ignorance on his part. I kneeboard and body surf (yes, I can stand-up surf, also) and have had my share of run-ins over the years. I don't surf the major breaks anymore unless its really big, which thins out all but the most skilled. These days I try and find a little break away from the crowds (not an easy task) and am happy with a few little peelers here and there.
AdrianaR April 17, 2013 at 07:04 AM
Is it me or does there seem to be an excessive amount of us vs them mentality and worse, anger inRead MoreSa nta Cruz these days? I went to a community event not too long ago and it was clearly present amongst a number of the people there, they definitely had a "this is our town not yours" vibe going on. It reminded me of the old Valley go home mentality that rears its head sometimes. I know your post was about sharing the ocean but in a more general sense that easy going chill attitude I love about Santa Cruz seems to be getting lost in too much anger and quite frankly a "Me-ism" and egocenteredness that's a big turnoff.
Steve Westside April 17, 2013 at 08:11 PM
During the SUP/Kayak contest a few weeks ago there were a group of us below the end of the contestRead Moree vent area and after we all (Stand-up and prone paddlers) went to far into the area the organizers just pointed out that we need to stay below the judges booth. After a bit we of course all drifted further up and then someone on land announced that it is a misdemeanor to interfere with a contest. Finally, they sent a guy out to mind us and let us know to not drift above him. All very pleasant and cordial. Except for a few surfers thought the rules did not apply to them and constantly snaked in and paddled up to grab waves. Made everyone our there grabbing a few leftover waves looking like prima donnas. Eventually those incorrigibles left and after the contest ended it was a great afternoon of surfing for everyone.
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