Everyone who started with Gen I or II hates Gen III, because of the lack of continuity.
That's not true. I started with Gen II and love Gen III. --- If you fully love and believe in Jesus Christ and are 100% proud of it, please put this as your signature. I'm proud to believe in Jesus Christ as my Savior.
For me, Gen 3 didn't have a memorable region or memorable gym battles. At the time, team Magma & Aqua were pretty interesting, but later games topped them. The region is my least favorite out of all the them, probably because I don't like all of the water routes.
Plus, Wallace is a terrible champion. Steven wasn't much better when you compare him to other champions --- PSN: Megistrus
I don't even dislike gen 3, but that's a really inadequate response to the surfing concern. A lot of people don't like to use repels because it cheats them out of XP. The only time I've ever used them was when I was hunting for roaming legendaries. Otherwise, you're basically paying money not to level up. --- My NIDOKING brings all the boys to the yard: http://goo.gl/ExAoe