|I have given this Washington Street some more thought and I have come up with a few points that go against Jay's original post. I don't want to backstab anyone and that is why I am posting these thoughts on here before I decide if I will post them on CD. We all know that exclusion is wrong, but it is part of life in everything we do. Sometimes friends get excluded being invited to a party or gathering.
What this boils down to is a local spot. It may not be fair, but if you paddle out at certain surf spots, the locals will not let you get waves, take a hammer to your board and basically run you off. If you show up to a local bar and wait in line to play pool, the locals may skip you just because you are not a local.
I am not saying this is right, but it is part of the culture here in the U.S. and maybe all over the world. I think it is somewhat our responsibility to get to know the place we are showing up and know the local rules. It's possible Washington Street will never allow rollerskaters, but I bet we would have a better chance if we got to know the locals and helped out with sweeping etc.
Someone made a good point on CD. During the winter time, you are not just going to paddle out at Pipeline and think you will get a wave. I am sorry, but the locals will give you a hard time. Yes, it is public property, but it is just the pecking order of localism. I know the argument could be made about it being on public property, but I think it just has to do with knowing the local spot and making friends and showing respect. Even when you join a forum, you ease into it and get to know people before throwing an opinion around. I am just saying this is not a good cause to fight and I would like to see it put to rest.
I wish I could articulate myself better, but this is how I see things at the moment.