Unlike skateboarders, surfers rarely get pinched by security guards or cops. With the exception of paddling out naked or at night (which are both generally unlawful, you nocturnal nude weirdo!) surfers enjoy lots of freedom. But not always. In fact, some spots weren’t public until surfers who came before us defied authorities for our benefit. So, next time you paddle out at your local, think of the waves that could land you in jail and give thanks to your predecessors who made that session possible.