I could see the waves from the coffee shop, so I knew I'd be surfing.
Most of the waves were, as Aaron would say "big stinkin' closeout"s (he's Christian so his vocabulary has been limited by Jesus Himself.
I got out there right on the north end of the big vacant lot where the townhomes are going in.
I got a couple of ok lefts and lost out on a sick set right due to a guy with shaggy hair on a thin old school shortboard.
I got my revenge on what appeared to be a sick left. It was pretty big, about head-and-a-half and I was on it. It was a steep drop, and the biggest wave I've caught on this board. Shaggy was paddling hard for it. I whistled and he kept paddling. I started yelling and he pulled back.
Within two seconds of his pulling back, a fifteen+-yard slab detonates in front of me, closing out the wave.
I surface after dealing with the decaying drama and Shaggy is staring through me. I look at the foam trail to confirm what I saw on the wave, a LONG straight line of foam where the thing closed out, that was completely unmakeable. I mean COMPLETELY unmakeable.
I see him shaking his head as I'm paddling out. I keep paddling out. He throws his hands up in a WTF manner.
Since he was being such a little bitch, I felt the need to calm him down.
I matter-of-factly explain, "The wave closed out completely and I kicked my board out".
He says, "If you're not going to make the wave, don't call people off of it".
Because that's what everyone does, "Gee, I don't think I will make this wave, despite being on the wave with speed already. You go ahead. Take the pumping area of the wave and use that real estate for dropping in right next to the closeout. I'll watch from back here while I eat your spray and we risk getting boards and bodies tangled in the bedlam".
I say, "Nobody could've made that wave".
"I could've made it", he seethes.
I couldn't contain myself. I broke into a wide smile, and exclaimed, "Yeah OK bro!", as I paddled back towards where I'd caught that beast. I heard him murmuring something to his buddy but wasn't all that interested in what it was. Probably discussing the government shutdown or something...
I caught an ok right in front of his buddy and slayed it with a pretty sick snap. In retrospect, it would have been kind of funny to jump off my board right by him and say, "Man, that thing just SLAMMED shut!". It would have pissed Shaggy off hard.
I caught one in after that wave.