I was filming a client at Lowers and I cut this little 9 sec video to show how dangerous crowded waves can be.
The guy was so focused on the sailors downwind of him that he didn't check the inside at all. Afterward he apologized greatly (and I was a lot nicer with him...) and confirmed that he didn't see me at all and that if I didn't yell he would have run over me.
Message (in the waves) is: sail safe you guys.
99% of the times you're going to have someone downwind of you at Lowers. So:
1) don't forget to check the inside for people in the water and sailing out. The sailors going out have priority over the ones on the wave
2) don't try to sail towards the next sailor downwind of you just because it's your wave (if it is your wave!). Try to see if there's room for everybody (most of the times there is) and if you have to give up one turn, it's not the end of the world! Next wave it could be you downwind of someone else...
Anyway, super fun waves at Lowers yesterday. Missed completely the action at Hookipa. Can't do everything.
Big waves also today. Life is good.