Every surfer, irrespective of their level, is expected to follow the surf etiquette in the water. Surfing is fun but don’t forget to play by the rules or you may be asked to leave the playground. The below rules ensure safety and good vibes in the line-up.
1. Paddle wide
A surfer riding down the line of the wave has priority over those paddling back to the line-up. Therefore, make sure to paddle wide in the channel to avoid getting in the way of other surfers. If you find yourself on a colliding trajectory, angle your board in the opposite direction to the surfer on the wave; if the surfer is going right, angle your board to the left and vice versa.
If you get caught inside and paddling wide is not an option, then catch the white wash instead of getting in the way of the surfer on the wave.
2. Respect priority
In short, the surfer closest to the peak of the wave has priority over the surfer who is further from the peak or on the shoulder. Also, the surfer further outside has priority over all other surfers on the inside.
Don’t drop in nor snake. It’s not cool and dangerous.