Each day there are more people learning to surf but still the same amount
of waves breaking, to make the sport safer for yourself and others take the time to read
look inside -
before you commit yourself to the wave ALWAYS look inside (toward the apex
of the wave) to see if someone is already on or about to take off on the
wave. If you don't you could be putting yourself and another rider in
serious danger because you may cause a collision. Both you and your board
will get hurt and so too will the other surfer.
The person closest to the
breaking part of the wave has the right of way. If someone is up and riding,
paddling into the wave behind them does not give you the wave. In many
low-key breaks, the first person paddling for the wave owns it. Do not
expect this to apply in crowded conditions. A surfer taking off on one side
of a peak does not have right of way over a surfer who has already caught or
is riding the other shoulder. This means a surfer cannot cross under the
peak to the opposite shoulder and expect right of way if it is already
'Dropping in' is when you take
off on a wave in front of someone else who is about to or is already up and
riding and obstruct or interfere with their right of way. Don't do this.
Ever. No exceptions.
When paddling out, if you must
get over a wave that someone is riding, paddle behind them (on the white
water side). This allows them to continue riding the wave without having to
If you are having a bad day
then take your 'bad attitude' somewhere else. No one wins an argument,
especially in the surf. Your and their day's surfing will be ruined. Surfing
is supposed to be FUN and exhilarating not an unpleasant experience.
Accidents - Always apologise if
you make a mistake. If you are involved in or near a collision then stop
what you're doing and make sure that everyone is okay. Above all, keep a
The guy on the wave has
right of way a perfect example of how dangerous a drop in can be!