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Dropping In – Top 5 reasons

December 16, 2011

Whether perpetrator or victim, at some point, every surfer will experience this move. Why does it happen?

Here’s 5 suggestions:

1. Because of assumed superiority (egotism).

2. Because of assumed ownership (localism).

3. Because of a particular genetic disposition (racism).

4. Because of stupidity (ignorance)

5. Because we’re either the perpetrator or victim of any of the afore-mentioned points. (relativity)


Drop in

1. (idiomatic) To arrive unannounced or with little or no warning; also, to visit without an appointment.

2. (surfing) To paddle into and take off on a wave another surfer is already riding.


An inflated sense of self-importance or superiority; the practice of thought, speech, and conduct expressing high self-regard or self-exaltation, usually without skepticism or humility


A local peculiarity of speaking or acting; affection or partiality for a particular place; devotion to local interests and customs


The belief that race accounts for differences in human character or ability and that a particular race is superior to others; discrimination or prejudice based on race


Lack of knowledge, information, or education; the state of being ignorant


The quality or state of being relative; a state of dependence in which the existence or significance of one entity is solely dependent on that of another

13 Comments leave one →
  1. December 16, 2011 5:20 pm

    There are no rules bear, the drop in commandment was invented by those who were dropped in on – ’em.

  2. charles permalink
    December 16, 2011 7:58 pm

    I really enjoy to drop-in my best friend since we r young but it is a fun game to share waves
    and all the deal is there
    if surfers are able to share waves a little they could give up the egocentrist way of riding

    As I see in my trips people who tax are living in the fear of lacking waves to surf
    and that fear make them behave like starving animals
    The problem takes origin in the relation between surfers and the ocean… or the creator of the ocean

    • December 16, 2011 9:38 pm

      A friend once told me: “If you sit where no one else is sitting – when a set comes – its yours”.

  3. Karen permalink
    December 17, 2011 7:13 am

    The look on the face of the person who is being dropped-in on is always the same. A drop-in featuring a Bear’s board is my screen-saver – I find it kind of life affirming.

  4. Jenggot permalink
    December 17, 2011 7:32 am

    where do I fit in???…..pondering……..
    present participle of pon·der
    Think about (something) carefully, esp. before deciding or concluding.

    • December 17, 2011 8:31 am

      Well J… these days we just try to fit in were ever we can… Pondering(too long) gets us a set wave on the head.. pondering (too briefly) causes us to straighten out.. & pondering (just enough) we get the wave of the set… It’s the choices we make…

      Choice: (n.) Care in selecting; judgment or skill in distinguishing what is to be preferred, and in giving a preference; discrimination.

  5. bigjim permalink
    December 17, 2011 2:56 pm

    Bigjim as the say in law . All the above ! gulity as charged . heeeeeeeee

    • December 17, 2011 3:15 pm

      If you tell the truth Jim, you don’t have to remember anything.

  6. Karen permalink
    December 18, 2011 2:51 pm

    Re my screen saver, the sequence on your link is a crack up. Nice one Sof.

  7. January 11, 2012 2:22 am

    It depends on what the guy behind him might have done on an earlier way. But for most of these guys, they come out with a wave quota, and it’s all about them. They do what they’re best at in the water like they are at work: taking from others. Check out my surf novels at

    • January 11, 2012 3:17 am

      Hey Fred… most of us have an agenda of sorts – and with surfers (in the water) their aspirations are fairly clear – to catch waves – as many as possible. The only problem… many share the same dream. And as we know.. not everyone’s dreams come true. So if I must paddle into a crowded line up… I lose the dream… along with the nightmare… by accepting the reality… “one is better than none”.
      I’ll definitely check out your surf novels – cheers mate.

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