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,
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 for a few minutes. Study them, as a new surfer it is hard to know what you’re looking for but it is important to have a good understanding about what is going on out there. See how often sets seem to roll in, how long the waves are peeling, how big they are, if there happens to be any gaps between sets or if it is a big messy day out there, are the waves off shore? Onshore? Will you be drifting down the beach with the current? Let it all soak in, process it. Most look out at the waves before going in as you want yourself to have few surprises out there so it is good to take a few minutes to soak in what is going on out there.