Surfing is an interesting and exciting adventurous sport. It is also gaining popularity among the people. It means that the beaches or oceans that were before devoid of surfers are now overcrowded with people excited about surfing the waves. Excitement is good, but the ocean is harsh and unforgiving. You can get injured or worse if you are not careful or follow surfing manners. You can even get others injured. Thus, following unwritten manners or surfing rules can help you and others stay safe. The rules, dos, and don’ts apply to all the line-ups in the world. It can help prevent injuries, accidents, misunderstandings, and more. So, ensure you follow surfing manners to enjoy your time in the water.
Do’s of surfing
You do not want to get hit by a flying board; Nobody does. Right? Even if you want to throw the surfboard away and dive underneath the waves when caught by it, do not throw it away. If you do, it can injure the other surfers around you. Instead of throwing it away, do a duck dive or turtle roll when a white water wall comes near you. A beginner can learn to do these tricks from an experienced surfer or tutor. P.S. Always use the best surfboards; if you are a beginner, find a suitable one.
If you commit to a wave, keep doing it. Do not try to give up or slide over your shoulder and wait for another turn. There are always other surfers waiting for you. If you are not committing to a wave, you are either too inexperienced, selfish, or unable to judge the wave. Surely, you do not want any of these labels. So, commit to the wave.
It can sometimes happen that two surfers begin to paddle for a similar wave. If that happens, the experienced surfer of the two will call off the other surfer using some signal. If you hear the warning, back down and get out of the way. If you don’t, it is not only considered rude but also dangerous for you both.
Before you start paddling on the beach, learn the basics. Some institutes can help you learn the basics, making the experience safe and enjoyable.
If there is a conflict, you should always seek help from an experienced surfer. They know and are usually right. If there is a conflict and you do not get help from the experienced surfer, you can become part of a dangerous game in which you will lose. Taking help and respecting the experienced surfer allows you to be better welcomed amongst the surfers. It allows you to be respected and become a better version of yourself.
Respecting the locals who surf the beach or ocean daily is important. They know what they are doing and can help you if you land in a tight spot.
Don’ts of Surfing
Don’t paddle away directly behind a surfer. It is because if a large wave breaks unexpectedly and you are just behind another surfer, he might spill over on top of you. He might also hit you on the head with his shortboard accidentally. The injury can be severe, and you might have to relax on the beach with massive pain in your shoulder. The best thing to do is paddle beside the surfer and have a gap of about 30 feet between you.
Never dropping in is one of the biggest don’ts and unwritten rules to follow. It means that the surfer near or inside the breaking part of any wave has the propensity to surf it. A surfer who takes off in front of the surfer with priority is dropping in. You should always avoid drop-ins. If you don’t, it can lead to collaboration, which is extremely disappointing. It can also lead to aggressiveness on the part of the other surfer. Reduce the chance of dropping in by following these rules:
- Look to the peak as you paddle towards a wave to ensure nobody else is paddling that way too.
- Be aware of what other surfers are saying. If you are about to drop in, they can warn you.
It refers to disrespectful behavior. It means a surfer is paddling to the inside or around a surfer who has the propensity to try and catch the wave. It doesn’t usually happen by accident because it requires training and exceptional paddling skills. Snaking is offensive and ruder than dropping in, and you should avoid it.
Surfing is fun and adventurous, and many people do it professionally. If you want to learn to surf or be a surfer, ensure you follow all these dos and don’ts. Following the etiquette is necessary for a fun and injury-free surfing experience.
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