Surfing Etiquette & Naivety
On this episode Pete and Leighton chat about Surf Etiquette & Naivety.
This episode subject was prompted after an extremely busy summer for surf locations.
Surf spots have experienced more people than normal this year due to the lack of tourists travelling abroad because of Covid19 travel restrictions.
Pete and Leighton discuss when surfers should start to learn surfing etiquette and agree it is when a Surfer begins to progress from surfing the white water and start to venture out the back to the line up to catch green waves.
List of etiquette guidelines are:-
- Check your Kit! The last thing you want is a snapped leash and a rouge board rocketing towards other people.
- Research the Break. Have a quick google search/chat with a local to find out the dangers, the best place to paddle out and how the conditions change when the tide comes in/out.
- Don’t ditch your board! Always hold on to your board. If you are using a 9ft board with a 9ft leash, that’s a 18ft kill radius from where you are.
- Select the best place to paddle. When paddling out to the line-up be aware of the surfers riding waves. Do not paddle into the direction that they are surfing.
- Dropping in! A major “no no” in the surfing world. When waiting to catch a wave do not paddle for the same wave that another surfer is already on.
- Don’t Snake/Paddle past. Do not paddle pass surfers that have been waiting for waves and put yourself in the priority position for the next wave.
- Apologise. It’s extremely easy to make a mistake in the water, especially in a busy line-up. A “sorry dude, didn’t see you there” goes a long way.
Pete and Leighton chat about some of the issues they’ve had with fellow surfers and talk about when the etiquette rules can sometimes be broken.
The main rule…..Be Safe, for yourself and others. Remember, everyone out in the line-up is there for the same reason you are. To Surf!