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Surfing Tips - Etiquette

Posted Aug 24 2008 1:33pm
Apologize. If you do break one of the rules of surfing etiquette, like paddling in front of someone surfing, make sure to apologize.
Control your board. Make sure to maintain control of your board at all times. If you let it go, it may end up in someone's face.
Keep your distance. Give people space. If you're a beginner, don't paddle out in the middle of a packed crowd.
No wave hogging. Just because you can catch a wave, doesn't mean you should. Give other people a chance.
Out of the way. A surfer riding a wave has the right of way, so make sure to get out of the way if they're coming towardyou.
Paddle out and away. Don't paddle out right in the lineup of where people are surfing. Paddle out on the side.
Respect the beach. Don't litter and keep the beach as you found it (or better).
Respect the locals. Many surf spots have locals who consider it their territory. It's best to respect the locals.
Right of way. The surfer that is closest to the breaking wave has the right of way for that wave. Everyone else must stop paddling for it.
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