SURF ETIQUETTE

Happy New Year everyone!

We have been a little quiet on the Salt Gypsy front for a couple of weeks having been working full-time in amongst the busy-ness of Christmas and the New Year.

But it was a surfing accident a few days ago that`s really, and quite literally, knocked the wind out of me so I thought it apt to remind us all about surf safety and etiquette, as thanks to some silly girl`s lack of judgement, surf awareness and poor surf ability, I am now left with a broken rib and punctured lung. Not cool.

SURF ETIQUETTE 101

RIGHT OF WAY:

Person closest to the peak has the right of way

DO NOT DROP IN:

Do not paddle into a wave if someone inside you on the wave (ie. closest to the peak) is already paddling and/or riding the wave

KNOW THE PADDLING RULES:

Paddle through less-crowded areas to get to the lineup/peak/out the back

When paddling back out, DO NOT paddle in front of someone riding a wave

Speed paddle over a wave if you are in someone`s way or paddle towards the whitewater, take the hit or duckdive

DO NOT DITCH YOUR BOARD:

Always try to maintain control and contact with your board

DO NOT SNAKE: 

Snaking is when a surfer paddles around another surfer to get in position for the right of way/closest to the peak. Not. Cool. Ever.

BEGINNERS – DO NOT PADDLE TO THE MIDDLE OF A PACKED LINEUP

DO NOT BE A WAVE HOG

IF YOU MESS UP – APOLOGISE

*And I`m adding in: If you mess up and have collided or hit someone with your board – check to see they are ok. If they are visibly hurt and/or in distress, help them to shore and call for help. 

Also, learn how to wipeout safely:

Always know where your board is

Cover and protect your head and face with your arms – especially as you come to the surface

Always know where other surfers are – OPEN YOUR EYES

Jump away from your board – but know that your board is going to go the direction you kick it – MAKE SURE NO-ONE IS IN THAT DIRECTION

Aim to jump into or towards whitewater if there is any: this will help cushion your fall

Keep your arm extended towards your board if you can to push it away if it is propelled towards you

Jump shallow and protect yourself

Stay calm if underwater for awhile, relax your body, you will pop back up

Open your eyes

Come out/up slowly

Get your board quickly and under control

* The information above is from personal surf experience, surf coaching skills, and gleaned from the following two links:

http://www.surfinghandbook.com/knowledge/surfing-etiquette/

http://www.surfscience.com/topics/learn-to-surf/surfing-101/how-to-wipe-out-properly

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Oi…where are your manners??

5 comments

  1. The Wheats

    Thank you again for posting surf etiquette. I’m sure you’re legions more advanced than me at surfing, but it never hurts to get a refresher. I’m really sorry to hear about your injury and hope you’re doing better? Confrontation in the water is never fun and neither is a surfer with bad surf etiquette. :/

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