I think what a lot of kayakers miss, is an understanding of the rules of the game in areas that are frequented by other people riding surf craft. You need to learn the rules of the road and stay out of the way. Sail boards don't have a right of way, but nobody in their right mind is going to drop in on one when moving a full speed.
It's very likely that if the others using the break thought the swimming kayaker was in any grave danger they would have come to help. As it was they probably thought he was a "kook" and left him alone to learn his lesson. Performing a rescue with a sail on a narrow sail board in the break zone would be pretty tricky.
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