A quick learn to surf guide
for newcomers to the sport/lifestyle/obsession of surfing
Surfing Etiquette - Rules of Surfing
at times it may not look like it, surfing has some basic
rules that surfers should follow. Many years ago the rules
weren't written down, but surfers would let each other know
what they were, in a friendly way or otherwise.
days in the more popular surf spots you will more than likely
see a sign with the basic rules. The reason is that now
we have something called 'surf rage', where surfers are
getting into arguments and sometimes physical disagreements.
take a look at some of the surfing rules and etiquette....
Rules of Surfing
The person up and riding
first that is closest to the breaking part of the wave
has the right of way. You may hear people declaring their
right to a wave by whistling, or shouting "Hey,"
"I got it," "mine," or something like
Do not drop in on someone
who is already riding a wave. "Dropping in"
is taking off on a wave in front of someone who is already
riding it, i.e., someone who has the right of way.
Classic drop in
Do not snake someone
who has clearly got the wave first. Snaking
means paddling inside them closer to the breaking part
of the wave and catching the wave. Essentially jumping
When paddling back out over
or through a wave that someone else is riding, move to
go behind them. This allows them to continue riding the
wave without having to dodge you, and means that you will
be smashed by the whitewater. That's okay though, because
when they do the same for you, you'll be grateful.
The only time this may change is when
you are surfing on a point break or reef break and then
the rule is to paddle wide, which means paddle back out
through the deep channel, not thhrough where everyone is
Always hold on to your
surfboard. If you have to let go, make sure there is no-one
around that your surfboard could hit. This is a common
way to be injured in the surf. Experienced surfers should
never let go of their surfboards, unless you fall off
Communicate!! 'I am
going left!' is a great thing to say, so others know which
way you are going and can then maybe go right!
Above all, keep a good
attitude. Apologize if you make a mistake. If involved
in, or near a collision, stop what you're doing to make
sure that everyone is okay.
Sometimes difficult to say who has the
right of way
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