25 January 2011

Mea Culpa

Sometimes I forget that my dry humor may not come across on the written page. I was also probably a wee bit cranky while knocking out my last couple of blog posts, due to the pain in my leg and frustration at being stuck on shore during a run of nice swell and weather. In describing the girl who rode her shortboard into me last weekend as blind and the Green Menace (now redacted), I was going for tongue-in-cheek, but perhaps it didn’t seem that way. I bear her no ill will, and didn’t intend to imply she’s a kook.

Surfers make mistakes; nobody’s perfect. I was in a bad place when the outside set came through, and she didn’t see me or just couldn’t make the turn to avoid me, so a collision resulted that neither of us wanted. Surfing can be a dangerous sport, and accidents happen, though we do what we can to ride safely so everyone can enjoy the waves. We're all surfing the same ocean, seeking the same thrill in playing on the swells.

If my posts offended anyone, especially the girl on the green surfboard, I sincerely apologize.


  1. Wow...it's not very often that the person in your place gives an apology or extends the olive branch. You're right, we all share the same ocean and perhaps a conversation or (at the very least) an acknowledgment of the accident at the time, would have gone a long way. I don't think your post was out of line but your follow up is classy.

  2. So true. Don't sweat it. Shit happens and you had the class to apologise. I'm sure no one thinks bad of you for your comments.

    Happy surfing when you are healed.

  3. Thanks, y'all, for the positive thoughts!

  4. No need to apologize for your comments but was nice anyway. You were right the first time. Didn't say anything that crossed the line and I'm sure many have experienced similar things.