Each day there are
more people learning to surf but still the same amount of waves
breaking, to make the sport safer for yourself and others take the time
to read the following.
inside - before
you commit yourself to the wave ALWAYS look inside (toward the apex of
the wave) to see if someone is already on or about to take off on the
wave. If you don't you could be putting yourself and another rider in
serious danger because you may cause a collision. Both you and your
board will get hurt and so too will the other surfer.
Wave ownership - The
person closest to the breaking part of the wave has the right of way. If
someone is up and riding, paddling into the wave behind them does not
give you the wave. In many low-key breaks, the first person paddling for
the wave owns it. Do not expect this to apply in crowded conditions. A
surfer taking off on one side of a peak does not have right of way over
a surfer who has already caught or is riding the other shoulder. This
means a surfer cannot cross under the peak to the opposite shoulder and
expect right of way if it is already occupied.
Dropping in - 'Dropping
in' is when you take off on a wave in front of someone else who is about
to or is already up and riding and obstruct or interfere with their
right of way. Don't do this. Ever. No exceptions.
Paddling out - When
paddling out, if you must get over a wave that someone is riding, paddle
behind them (on the white water side). This allows them to continue
riding the wave without having to dodge you.
Attitude - If
you are having a bad day then take your 'bad attitude' somewhere else.
No one wins an argument, especially in the surf. Your and their day's
surfing will be ruined. Surfing is supposed to be FUN and exhilarating
not an unpleasant experience.
Accidents - Always
apologise if you make a mistake. If you are involved in or near a
collision then stop what you're doing and make sure that everyone is
okay. Above all, keep a good attitude.