Kirsten Amavisca, San Clemente
Surfing in San Clemente is obviously a popular pastime, and for many, even a career. While I appreciate how intertwined surfing is with our community, I am amazed and embarrassed at times, when I happen to find myself surfing during local school’s surf physical education hour.
Some of these kids think they own the water—yelling, cursing, singing and generally being incredibly rude. I’m glad they have the opportunity to surf before school, but their lack of respect or regard for others in the water is astounding to say the least, and a very poor reflection of the coaches, parents and anyone else who should teach them not only water skills, but respect for others and the ocean.
I know there are lots of great parents, coaches and groms—but for the loud and the rude, there is more to surfing than catching a wave.