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reminds me of myself at 12. my family planned a trip to hawaii and i decided i would take up bodyboarding. i bought a sick board and flippers and proceeded to head into serious surf with no real idea of what I was doing (other then watching videos on the net for a couple months before the trip). fortunately, i was a lot better then anyone (locals, me, my parents) expected and after a few days I was able to paddle out/dive waves and ride 8-10 footers all the way in.
the first paddle out scared the absolute shit out of me.
Everyone was a gaper once. I found some photos of myself from years ago in my faded-ass coat, rain-pants and ancient Scott goggles my dad used to wear, rocking some Atomic Beta Carv's and skiing the big scary black diamond runs in my back-seat pizza style. And I thought I was the shiznits.
Nobody goes from gaper to steezy without a couple of yardsales in the park that make everybody groan. The difference is whether you wait your turn, call your drop then yardsale or cut off 2 people, bail then spend 200 years picking up your gear from the landing. That's not gaper, that's ignorant asshole.
I don't necessarily agree, I do see where you're coming from but why would you not get the best gear you can buy? Your point about bindings is valid, but for things like outerwear/skis/goggles why would you get sub-par gear?
The Australian season started last week and this will be my second season, I made the mistake of buying gear that was alright but not great last season and had to upgrade a lot of it this year because previously I was essentially a cheap-skate.
Like I said, I do agree with some of your points but I think you're just being jealous to be honest (no offence intended of course). You're just making assumptions based on what people look like...
Then again there are people who are genuinely posers who just want to look 'thug' or whatever the parlance of the Newschoolers community is =P
I would say a great number of people or "tourist" in the park don't know the rules and are just curious. They will learn more from someone stopping and letting them know they're standing in the landing, etc. vs. someone just yelling at them to get the fuck out of the way. If you just yell at them they're more likely to think your just some asshole then realize that they're in the wrong.