WINDSURFING ETIQUETTE

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Windsurfing etiquette is not only about who has the right of way!

  • NEW SPOT If you visit a new spot it's a good idea to say hello and be friendly with the buddies on the beach. Some of you might think that this is a bit exaggerate but showing some respect and being friendly usually pays off and ends with some beers and new friends at a new spot!
  • GET MAIN INFO Each Spot is different and it's important to check out the basic points we need to know about a spot before entering the water (Is there any navigation zone I need to respect? Peculiarities regarding wind stability or force? Dangerous areas? Currents?, etc.) Don't hesitate and ask the locals around (they should do the same if they come one day to your spot ;-).
  • AVOID CIRCLING Nearly in every spot there is a especially nice area to ride (the perfect peek with the best wave or just an area of flat water for freestyle-tricks), it's a bad habit circling around this area all time, making it difficult for others to get part of the cake! Better try to share with your buddies on the water and build a circuit (ride that wave until the very end  and once finished get out far enough giving others enough time to enjoy, until it's your turn again).
  • 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 all have been beginners one day). Get out of the way and let them practice! Don't ask them to follow the priority rules when they are not even able to control their gear!
  • TAKE A COURSE If you do not follow some basic rules, Windsurfing can be a dangerous sport (not only for yourself, also for others)! We highly recommend taking at least a basic course at a kite school to understand the basics and know about security systems, etc.
  • BE FLEXIBE Windsurfing etiquette and its's rules is something important to follow BUT try  letting some space to everybody and avoid unnecessary conflicts, just because you have right of way. If you see someone about to take the perfect ramp, just turn around and let him/her enjoy a nice jump instead of forcing them to follow the rules.
  • 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

RULES IN WAVES

  • SURFING ROULES APPLY (check Surfing Etiquette)
  • EXCEPT:
  • When entering the water and crossing the shorebreak windsurfer in this situation has right away against windsurfer enjoying the wave. However, you should try to avoid crossing the peak and the surfing area, leaving your buddies enjoy the surf.
  • Never Jump from the back into a wave, you never now who is in front of the wave.
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