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More Essential Surf Etiquette Rules

A guide to surf etiquette tailored to the needs of beginner surfers. There are more surf etiquette rules you need to be aware of and to abide by, particularly as you progress beyond the white water and take your place in the line-up.

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Don’t snake
“Snaking” is paddling around other surfers and towards the peak, thereby jumping the queue and stealing priority. It is in most cases the moral equivalent to dropping-in, but is sneakier and less flagrant. You will still go to hell, Lucifer being the original snake.

Don’t be a wave hog
Take turns. And if you ride a longer board or SUP, which enables you to catch waves much earlier than shortboarders can, and to navigate the line-up much faster, don’t abuse this power. If you’ve just paddled out at a spot and there are other surfers already in the line-up, consider yourself back of the queue.

Priority dilemmas
There are lots of different types of wave, some of which throw up interesting etiquette questions. If the wave is an “A-Frame” for example, ie. it peels in both directions, and there are two surfers on either side of the peak what do you do? Well, the generally accepted rule is that the polite thing to do is to “split the peak”. The two surfers thus keep to their respective sides and go opposite ways, as opposed, say, to the surfer in position for the left paddling for the right and causing the other surfer to go without. In these sorts of situation, always try to communicate your intentions.

If a wave peels towards itself, meeting in the middle, and there are two surfers heading straight towards each other, neither surfer has right of way (unless one surfer was up and riding long before the other). It’s essentially a game of chicken, and the most sensible thing to do is “kick out” of the wave early to avoid a collision.

Try not to get in the way when paddling out
Wherever possible, paddle around the side of the peak to get out into the line-up, rather than straight through the middle of it where people are riding waves. If someone is surfing straight towards you along the open face as you’re paddling out, alter your course towards the white-water and take the beating, unless you can be sure of making it over the wave before the surfer reaches you.

Try not to get in the way when paddling out
Wherever possible, paddle around the side of the peak to get out into the line-up, rather than straight through the middle of it where people are riding waves. If someone is surfing straight towards you along the open face as you’re paddling out, alter your course towards the white-water and take the beating, unless you can be sure of making it over the wave before the surfer reaches you.

Don’t waste waves

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Source: mpora.com / Author: Billy Wilson

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