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>Surfing etiquette and some of the essential Do's and Dont's

 

Surfing etiquette & respect for other surfers

As with other sports, when you are learning you should show some consideration for those more experienced than yourself. Don't make yourself a menace on the waves, try to stay clear of the experienced surfers. You should always 'keep your head up', be aware of the other surfers around you, and appreciate that there is a strong likelihood that you may want to surf the same wave as someone else and therefore you should follow the "right of way" rule.

 

The "Right of Way" Rule:
The Right of Way Rule: The surfer closest to the breaking section of the wave has the right of way so give him or her priority. Keep your board under control and move out of the path of on coming surfers (ideally so that they pass behind you). Always treat approaching surfboards with respect - the fins on the rear of the surfboard are sharp and when at speed will easily slice through wetsuits and your soft wet skin.
Other Do's and Don'ts:
  • Do regular exercise and get yourself in shape before surfing in order to build power and endurance. If you become fatigued while in big surf you are toast!

  • Do recognize that if you are a 'Visitor' should act like one. If you are surfing someone else's territory have consideration and express gratitude to the local surfers - you are in their home.

  • Don't enter unknown waters without doing research to find out the dangers. Local surfers, surf shops or life guards can inform you of any unique or hidden dangers.

  • Don't under estimate the power of the surf. Loads of surfers have died, had spines snapped, and a whole host of nastiness happen to them as a result of the pounding surf, strong rips, unforgiving rocks and coral...

  • Do surf with a buddy: for safety reasons never surf alone

  • Do some stretching and warm-up exercises before entering the water (especially if its cold). This will reduce the chance of torn ligaments, pulled and cramped muscles...

  • Do surf in areas as designated by the lifeguard's flags.

  • Do keep a good distance away from more experienced surfers until you feel you are up to their standard.

  • Don't ever leave your surfboard if you get into trouble. Your board is a great flotation device so use it and signal for help.

  • Don't panic if you find yourself in a rip (i.e. a strong current pulling you away from shore). Just paddle your board perpendicular to (and eventually out) the current. Once out of the current catch a clean wave back into shore.

  • Do protect yourself during a wipe-out. (Click here for more information)