Surf Etiquettes

Surf safety – Surf Etiquettes

If you want to become a surfer, you must learn the rules of the sport. The so-called surf etiquette is a list of dos and don’ts that you should keep in mind while in the water.

When surfers don’t follow the basic commandments of surfing, accidents, injuries, and misunderstandings can happen.

Surf etiquette is a set of guidelines for beginners, intermediate and advanced surfers. It applies in all line-ups of the world. Respect others and enjoy surfing.[1]

Right of way

The surfer closest to the peak of the wave has priority

Don’t Drop in!

If someone with the right of way is either about to take off on a wave or is already riding it, you can’t take off in front of him. This will block his ride


Don’t paddle straight into the line-up. Paddle out where the waves are not breaking and where people are not surfing. When paddling out, do not paddle in front of someone riding a wave.

Don’t ditch your board

Always try to maintain, control and contact your board. If you let your board flying around, it might hit someone else.

Don’t snake

Snaking is when a surfer paddles around another surfer to be in the way. You can’t cut the line up. Be patient, and wait for your turn.


Don’t paddle out to the middle of a packed line up. Try to go out to a less crowded beginner’s break.

Don’t be a wave hog,

Just because it’s easier to catch waves on a longboard, doesn’t mean you should catch all the waves. Give a wave, get a wave.

Have fun!

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