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Shae Killey3 years ago

Don’t be a kook, follow these 7 simple rules that’ll get you respect out in the surf

Before you set foot in the water and learn to surf, it’s important that you learn the proper surfing etiquette. While these rules are not set in stone, they are well-known within the surfing community. If you choose to continually ignore them, expect a few stern words from your fellow surfers. If you’re not sure about surfing’s unwritten code of conduct, we’ve provided some rules below that’ll make catching waves a safer and more pleasant experience.

#1 Understanding The Right Of Way

Surfers that are closest to the part of the wave that is breaking (otherwise known as the peak), have right of way.  If you’re thinking about paddling for a wave, but another surfer closer to the peak is about to take off, you should pull out.

If someone is already riding a wave and you attempt a late takeoff between them and the peak, this will not give you right of way. In fact, it’s called backpaddling and it’s poor etiquette.


#2 Never Drop In

This is the most important rule of them all. Dropping in is when a one surfer is about to takeoff on a wave (or already riding it) and another surfer takes off in front of them—blocking their path. This is not only extremely frowned upon, but very dangerous.


#3 Know Where To Paddle

Paddling in front of oncoming surfers is not only unsafe, but frustrating for the surfer who has to dodge your head. Always paddle behind oncoming surfers and head towards a channel where there’s less waves breaking and minimal surfing congestion.


#4 Board Control

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Without the right amount of care, your surfboard can fast become a heavy, hard and dangerous missile. Never ditch your board to dive under a wave or when you’re kicking out, as this can cause injury to surrounding surfers.


#5 Share The Waves

You need to remember that you’re sharing the beach with other surfers. Just because you have the ability to catch every wave, doesn’t mean you should. It’s called a lineup for a reason, so wait your turn. Also, you should never ‘snake’ a wave by paddling around another surfer to better position yourself for a wave. Being a wave hog will get you no respect among other surfers.


#6 Look After The Beach

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This is part surf culture and part common sense. Never leave any trash behind and always respect other beachgoers.


#7 Everybody Makes Mistakes

No surfer is perfect. Just like everyday life, if you make a mistake, you apologise. Whether you’ve accidentally dropped in or paddled in front of someone, try to get their attention after and apologise. While this might not fix what you did, it doesn’t hurt.


Now you know how to behave like a surfer, it’s time to start looking like one. We’ve featured a Port Macquarie surf school that will get you standing up and carving waves in no time.


Surf Lessons with Port Macquarie Surf School

Nothing beats the feeling of satisfaction after riding your first wave. With Port Macquarie Surf School learning to surf is fun, easy and safe. They offer the following:

  • Surfboard hire & sales
  • Surfing lessons for beginners
  • Experienced surf coaches

Their experienced surf coaches will guide you every step of the way, until you’re standing on your own. For more information on their services, visit the Port Macquarie Surf School LocalSearch profile.


If you want to truly embrace the surf culture, stop dressing like a kook and head to this Port Macquarie surf wear store.


Saltwater Wine Surf Centres

Stocking all the big-name surf brands at low prices, Saltwater Wine Surf Centre is the place to go when you need to pick up some surf gear. They offer the following:

  • Skate & surf clothing
  • Wetsuits
  • Footwear, sunglasses & accessories

Stop by before your surfing lesson and take a look through Saltwater Wine Surf Centre’s range of wetsuits and surfing accessories. Check out their LocalSearch profile for more information on their products.


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