You know, by now, that I am very critical with regard to how surfers have acted during our current Coronavirus apocalypse. That our scaredy-cat, tattle-taling, collaborationist souls have been laid shamefully and absolutely bare in a time of crisis
Surf media publishing passive-aggressive missive after passive-aggressive missive, demanding that surfers stay locked indoors, huddling under beds. The governing body of professional surfing re-imagining itself as a less interesting, more family friendly version of The Oprah Winfrey Network.
Shame on us etc. though sometimes the tattle-taling collaboration with law enforcement is funny? Dare I say justified?
The exception that proves the rule?
Let’s fly straight to Oahu, Hawaii, USA for more from the New York Post:
A Bronx man on vacation in Hawaii was arrested by agents with the state attorney general’s office Friday morning — and charged with violating the state’s strict rules that tourists observe a 14-day quarantine after arriving.
Officials say the tourist, Tarique Peters, 23, posted incriminating photos of himself sunning and carrying a surfboard around the beach on his Instagram account.
Peters landed in Honolulu on Monday and is accused of immediately venturing off to see the sights, according to an announcement from Gov. David Ige’s office.
“He allegedly left his hotel room the day he arrived and traveled many places using public transportation,” the news release scolded.
“Authorities became aware of his social media posts from citizens who saw posts of him — on the beach with a surfboard, sunbathing, and walking around Waikiki at night.”
Local sleuths realized he’d Instagrammed a selfie from Bryant Park just a week ago, pegged him for a new arrival and then ratted him out to authorities.
A picture on an Instagram account that appears to belong to Peters from two days ago tagged at “Honolulu – Waikiki Beach” shows him posing in front of the ocean holding a surfboard with the caption “#newchallenge surfing.”
“We appreciate the assistance of local people who spot flagrant violations of our emergency rules on various social media sites and report them to the appropriate authorities,” Connors said in a statement.
Hawaii residents were apparently none too pleased with the New Yorker’s alleged rule flouting.
“Don’t come to Hawaii and break our laws,” one Instagram user replied to his surfing photo.
“You thought you were cute skipping out the 14 day mandatory quarantine and putting our residents in danger. Good for you.”
Oh damn it.
Damn it, damn it, damn it.
I just can’t do it. As much as I loathe mainland tourists who descend upon Hawaii, stop their rental cars in the middle of the road to take pictures of turtles, paddle out inappropriately and shoot their Tuf-Lite boards at shins, line up for miles and miles to get shave ice, treat the islands and their locals like squatting servants I just can’t take the Karen Goggans You-thought-you-were-cute-skipping-out-the-14-day-mandatory-quarantine-and-putting-our-residents-in-danger-Good-for-you tone.