Surfing Rules / Surfing Etiquette

When you go surfing there are some general rules that all surfers follow so it remains fun and safe for everyone, bear in mind there is no one policing it so expect that sometimes the rules are forgotten or sometimes ignored by some losers…. So at all times try and stick to the rules and adapt your behaviour to the situation at hand as needed. So here is a quick run down :
  • The surfer closest to the peak of the wave has the right of way. This means if you’re paddling for a "right", and a surfer on your left is also paddling for it, you must yield to him or her. PLAY FAIR
  • This is probably the most important part of surfing etiquette, don’t drop in. Dropping in means that someone with the right of way is either about to take off on a wave or is already riding and you take off in front of them. DON’T DO THAT !!
  • Always try to maintain control and contact with your board. Surfboards are large, heavy, and hard. If you let your board go flying around, it is going to eventually clock someone in the head. KEEP CONTROL FOR EVERYONES SAFETY
  • Don’t snake people, “Snaking” is when a surfer paddles around another surfer in order position himself to get the right of way for a wave. He is effectively making a big “S” around a fellow surfer. BE PATEINT AND SHARE THE WAVES
  • If conditions develop that mean you cant keep control of your board, its safest for all people that you exit the water. DONT BE A WANNABE HERO