SURFING ETIQUETTE

Priority rules & all you need to know for a peaceful ride!

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  • RESPECT LOCALS More than in any other water sport, surfing localism is in Vogue. Whoever has a surf-spot at home, knows how it feels to see your home-spot crowded with tourists with lower surfing skills than yours, riding "your waves". It's only human to be annoyed at such situations, and many surf buddies do not show respect. As a guest surfer you need to show respect to the locals and help keep good vibes on the water. HOWEVER, being a local at your home-spot doesn’t give you the right to behave like a complete asshole! Never forget: outside of your home-spot you are a guest surfer alike. If you visit a new spot, it's a good idea to say hello and be friendly to the locals on the beach. Some of you might find that to be a bit exaggerate but showing some respect and comradery usually pays off and ends with some beers, some new friends and a new spot!
  • GET MAIN INFO Surfing etiquette is surely important but never forget that each Spot is different and has different conditions, it's important to check out the basic points we need to know about a spot before entering the water. (Are there any dangerous zones I need to know? Are there any peculiarities regarding currents, rips etc... ?) Don't hesitate to ask the locals around, they should do the same the day they come to your spot.
  • AVOID TO HOG Good surfers always get more waves than the rest and there is nothing against that but don't be greedy. Taking too many waves and not letting others enjoy their time in the water will not pay off. Unfortunately most peaks  are nowadays very crowded and even if you are a good rider you should wait for your turn. If you catch a wave and immediately paddle back to the top of the lineup to stroke into the next wave as if other people are invisible others won't be amused! They will definitely notice and you won't be very welcome when you return.
  • HELP ROOKIES Beginners making their first steps on the water are part of our sport, don't forget that all of us started that way, some better than others, but we have all been beginners at some point.
    Be patient and let them practice! Show them their best place to learn! Don't ask them to follow the priority rules / Surfing etiquette when they are not even able to control their board!  And in any case a greenhorn should never enter waves which are far too big for their level.
    IMPORTANT for beginners: to be unsure about your surfing skills is normal, but don't ignore the fact that you are learning. Putting yourself in danger can expose others to unnecessary risks.
  • TAKE A COURSE If you do not follow some basic rules, Surfing can be a dangerous sport, not only for yourself, also for others. We highly recommend taking at least a basic course at a surf school to understand the basics. and learn the Surfing etiquette
  • BE FLEXIBE Rules are important to follow BUT try giving some space to everyone and avoid unnecessary conflicts, just because you have right away. If you see someone about to take the perfect wave, just turn around and let him/her enjoy a nice ride instead of forcing someone to follow the rules. You can always let him know afterwards!
  • HELP WHEN NEEDED Last but not least, once on the water don't forget that we are all "surf-buddies". If we see someone in trouble out there, it's obvious that we need to help, no matter what!

BASIC RULES

  • GET MAIN INFO ABOUT THE SPOT
  • RESPECT ETIQUETTE OF THE SPOT
  • RESPECT LOCALS
  • HELP ROOKIES
  • BE FLEXIBLE
  • AVOID ANY UNNECESSARY RISK
  • HELP IF YOU SEE SOMEONE IN TROUBLE

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