I played this wonderful game already a few times but there has always been a discussion about the influence the sufer tile has on the scoring at the end of a round.
Assume we are with 4 players and the large number on the round indicater is 13.
- player one has gained 14 with his price and fish tokens and doesn't possess any surfer tile
- player two also gained 14 with his price and fish tokens and does possess a surfer tile of +2
- player three gained 13 with his price and fish tokens and does possess a surfer tile of +4
- player four gained 13 and doesn't possess any surfer tile.
Who has the highest sum and scores the points shown at the round indicator under the 1? Is there a tie between player 1 and 2 or does the surfer break the tie?
If you look closely, the surfers are not +2 or +4, they are -2 and -4. That means that they do not get added to your total, but they help you by lowering the requirement to get points.
Therefore, in your example there is a tie at 14 for player 1 and 2, just like Garry said.