I sometimes work our zero tower which is the tower on our pier. It's the first tower open and my shift starts at dawn. Typically, in the morning, it's just me, some fishermen on the pier, surfers in the water, and a unit that patrols. There was a new swell in the water today, so the surfers were riding the righthander that breaks against the side current on the northside of the pier. When the swell is larger, like today, the take off point is very close to the pier. So about an hour into my shift I see an argument. A surfer has been snagged by a pair of fishermen's lines, and their yelling at and are trying to reel in their lines, thus setting their hooks deeper. Somehow, the surfer cuts their lines, gets free, and manages to make it back out before the next set of waves which could have drowned him. Understandably, the guy was pissed. So he says something (not sure what it was, because I was inside my tower), and more back and forth yelling ensues. Next thing I know, the guy rides in, runs up on the pier, with their line and proceeds to wrap it around them. Then he runs off the pier, and paddles back out to continue surfing. The fishermen are shocked and pissed. So they get on the phone, and I assume they're calling the police. The guy fisherman (who looks to have been with his elderly mom) who was about 40 something, heads to the base of the pier (not sure why though). At this time the mom, comes to my tower, and I was curious to see what she was going to say. So I go down to talk to her. She says that she's a 'Latino' and doesn't speak English very well. I say, she's doing fine, and to continue. She the proceeds to tell me that she was attacked by a man. I said, 'really?' She said he was a surfer he suddenly started yelling racist remarks at her and asked her to move. Then he ran up to the pier. I then informed her that I saw the whole thing and pointed out that she's missing a big part of the story, and that as far as I'm concerned they were both even, and that my priority goes to the safety of those in the water. If she wanted to pursue it any farther then it's an issue with the police. She said they did, but they weren't showing up, which was true. She then called me a racist white American whose only on the side of the surfer because he's white too. I laughed at her, and then she made like she was going to slap me, and walks off. So here's the catch. The fishermen have a lot of protected rights to fish from the pier, and the surfers also have a right to surf next to the pier. Having dealt with the fishermen a few times myself, I can't say that I wasn't secretly rooting for the surfer, but the racist thing really threw a new angle for me. So what say you, oh wise OT sages?