Surf etiquette and surf ethics — what you need to know
Are there even rules in the ocean? A guide for what to avoid when surfing — for fewer crashes and more fun at the lineup!
Once you learn how to surf everything should be easy peasy – right? Well, there are a few rules to keep in mind when paddling out without a surf school.
Surfing is accompanied by a lifestyle that speaks for freedom and the sound of nature. But it is a sport after all, and not only any but a quite demanding one. It’s a full-body workout and with it comes risks that one needs to be aware of. It has always been said that the biggest fear for most is being tumbled in a hollow beast of waves.
But lately, we have seen a fair number of videos showing three, four or five surfboards flying up in the air and two people shouting at each other on the same wave. Might the biggest fear change to being knocked out by a board in a wave and having a fight with a local because of it?
Thankfully there is a way to avoid tricky situations at crowded spots. It is called surfing etiquette or the rules of surfing! And because they are not always displayed at beaches, we will help you with this post.
What to do when surfing (and how to avoid crashes with other surfers)
#1 — Own your limitations
The ocean is stronger than you. That does not make you weak. Believing in yourself is one thing but everyone will be much healthier and happier when we all know our strengths and are confident enough to say no to water that is yet too rough for our skill level.
#2 — Communicate
Not only about What You Will Do but also just to Socialise :-) It’s a much happier crowd if it’s not a group of strangers. Get out there and make friends. Communication is key! Especially beginners that are out by themselves for the first time will really appreciate nice people to boost their confidence!
#3 — Apologise and BE FRIENDLY
Mistakes happen. We are just human after all. But communication can make up for almost everything in the line-up. No need to be too proud to apologise.