Before a surfer jumps on their board and paddles out they need to stop and check out what is going on. When you’re at the beach, watch the waves while you get ready, or at least before or after
Surfing is a sport born from pure fun. Everyone equal no matter how good a surfer is.
Surf ethic’s were was brought in to control the crowds. So that no matter how good a surfer was, he / she would have a fair chance to catch a wave. These guide lines are created to show respect for fellow surfer’s and have been respected for generations around the world.
There are differet sections of a wave surfer’s line up, starting at the peak of the wave where the waves first starts to break. The surfer closest to the peak has priority on wether they want to catch the wave or pass. If he / she doesn’t go for the wave, the wave is open for the next surfer in the line up. Anyone down the line must make the quick check to make sure there is no one coming down the line. This will make sure they are not dropping in on anyone before going for the wave.
If the surfer coming down the wave is unable to make it any further down the wave. The wave is open to the next closest surfer. Not all surfer’s line up at the peak, some will line up in section’s down the wave waiting for a free wave to come by.
If your not lining up at the peak, surfers that want to line up at the peak are well in there right to paddle around you. Or if your drifting far from the peak surfer’s may paddle around another surfer. Although paddling around a surfer to catch a wave is a snake move, rude shouldn’t be done.
Those who don’t respect these rules will have problems making friends in the water. Or have at times been verbally or physically abused by other surfers for not respecting the rules.
The only time it’s ok to drop in on another surfer, is if it’s your buddy coming down the wave and he yell’s PARTY WAVE!!!! lol wanting you to join in on the ride :)
Thanks for reading my article.
James aka the Gremmy