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Surfing Etiquette

1. RIGHT OF WAY

The surfer closest to the peak of the wave has the right of way. Also the surfer furthest out or first to his feet has the right to be on the wave. In all of these cases other surfers will have to let the wave pass. Learn these ‘rules’ and act accordingly.

2. DO NOT DROP IN

Dropping in is the act of stealing someone’s wave described at point 1. By doing it you will create a dangerous situation for you and the other surfers. Collision might occur, bones and boards can break. It is a bad idea and everyone will be annoyed.

3. PADDLING RULES

Do not paddle straight to the line up where the waves are breaking and people are surfing. It is wiser and safer to paddle through a channel where there are less chances of a run in. If you see a surfer coming towards you, estimate his direction and then paddle the other way.

4. DO NOT DITCH BOARD

Always maintain control and contact with your surfboard. If you see a wall of white water coming towards you, do not ditch your board because it might hit someone behind you. Learn how to duckdive.

5. DO NOT SNAKE

Paddling around someone to gain priority over the wave is called snaking. This can be very annoying and if done repeatedly a big no-no.