Surfing's Dark Side on the North Shore | The New York Times

A gang of surfers called the Wolfpak police the break at Oahu’s famous Banzai Pipeline on the North Shore of Hawaii.

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  1. F these guys. So in their eyes if they don't think you are good enough you can't go in??? last time I checked you don't own the waters. put them in jail

  2. You can see that it has little to do with respect and everything to do with selfishness and wanting to have the waves to yourself.

  3. We were threatened in the winter of 1968. Told to leave break or suffer the consequences. Long time problem with locals but it happens at every break in california

  4. Part of this tale is true. The Aussies showed up and acted entitled. And the black shorts gang responded. But not just against Aussies. Against anyone that was not connected to them in some way. Beyond that, locals wreaking violence on outsiders is universal. Any good break anywhere in the world has its share of this type of situation.
    Positioning in the pack for waves has its own chess-like moves. The meanest and the best riders dominate the best position(s) of a break. But it is a fluid situation. One's ranking for position can improve or decrease depending on how well you ride.
    Positioning in the pack is a part of surfing.

  5. Wonder what the rules regarding deadly force are in Hawaii. If Kala tries that on the wrong beach in Florida his blood might paint the sand

  6. As a lifelong surfer from the age of eight (next year I'll be 70), I have to say the idea of surfers being somehow enlightened falls apart as soon as it gets crowded. Whether you are a local or a visitor it makes things better when you bring your good manners and, yes respect with you. There's a world full of numbskulls like Kala. But there's also a bunch of beautiful folks out there spreading good vibes if you choose to see them.

  7. Eddie Rothman talking about other people coming from the "mainland" but he isn't even from Hawaii he is from the mainland and moved to Hawaii.

  8. These boys, Eddie and Alex are just bullies! Eddie born in Philadelphia is full of s**t. I lived on the NS 80-87 I witnessed these boys

  9. Flat out, competitive surfing is not in keeping with our culture and habit. This reality is all over Hawaii. The most aggressive people we encounter are usually from somewhere else.

  10. localism at any break is poison… idiotic excuses for logic make da hui and other gangs just another self serving assembly of fools…
    remember that hawaii was once ruled by a king that won by driving many people, men women and children off a cliff to their demise…
    no honor and less respect to these retrograde losers…

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