Those are some crazy encounters! I’m actually a “Valley” but surf there quite a bit, so sometimes cruise under the radar. I’ve had a surfer follow me in at the Slot and start punching. Luckily he was like 14 and I was probably 16, so it more just tickled. The worst encounter I’ve had was at Stockton Avenue (and maybe 4-mile). Stockton was intense verbal assault while 4-mike a Meth head who tried to spear my board with the nose of his after his girlfriend dropped in on me and I stayed on the wave (sort of backward!). Stockton Ave is really the only place I am actually afraid to surf still to this day, which is a shame because it is one of the best waves in Santa Cruz IMO. Literally every time I go there I get hassled, but sometimes it is worth it!