OK, first off, I apologize for this post.
For those of you who are unfamiliar with the writing of Scott Bass, I am no doubt doing you a great disservice by exposing you to his work.
In addition, pointing out Scott Bass's inability to write is a bit like noting a Down Syndrome baby's inability to perform differential calculus.
Surfermag recently ran a Scott Bass "Opinion" piece in which Bass tries to educate the masses on the difference between Surf "Spots" and "Breaks." Yawn. It's clear that those innovators at Surfer were trying to be "edgy" and "controversial" with this one. Some other writers with other outlets (who will go unnamed) have received acclaim for their controversial prose.
I'll summarize Scott's thesis for you in following quotes:
1) "It's quite possible that your local spot... is not a legitimate surf spot at all, but rather, just a break."
2) "If people plan surf trips to ride waves at your spot, then your spot is a surf spot... Did Buzzy Trent dive for lobster where you ride waves? If yes, it's a surf spot--globally agreed upon and culturally ac- cepted (sic) legend, history and/or lore that propagated from where you catch waves makes your spot a spot, regardless of wave quality."
3) "If you're surfing a spot that's not a spot, can you even call yourself a surfer?"
OK, then. By Scott's logic:
A racist misogynist of questionable cultural importance dove for a lobster at Cardiff, making Cardiff a surf spot, making Scott a surfer.
On the other hand, if you're surfing a world-class reef pass in Mircronesia that has yet to be exploited and where no longboard legends have lounged (Think P-Pass 1995) you are not surfing a surf spot, and therefore perhaps you are not even a surfer.
...Despite the 10-second shacks you might be getting while Scott is burning chicks on his SUP at Cardiff Reef.