Before acquiring his PhD in philosophy from Harvard University, lifelong surfer Aaron James found inspiration for his New York Times bestselling book, Assholes: A Theory, not from his Ivy League colleagues, but from the many insufferable surfers he’s encountered in lineups around the world. We all know the type: the aggro local bent on ruining your session, the bratty grom who scoffs at etiquette, the standup paddleboarder who literally takes every wave. But James goes beyond identification. He explains why these assholes are the way they are. We asked James to employ his asshole-management theory and discuss how to deal with these people both in and out of the water.
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