Is surfing your favourite pastime? If yes, here are the rules or ethics you should adhere to have an unforgettable ride.

Avoid Dropping In

Drop-in means stealing somebody’s wave and is the most common violation of surf ethics. Any experienced surfer will tell you that every quality wave is made for one person, unless you’re deliberately surfing in a team, and you agree in advance that you’ll be sharing waves.

But how do you know a wave is somebody’s else? It’s crucial that when paddling, you look on your right and left sides to have a glimpse of what other surfers are doing. A surfer has priority if they catch the wave further inside and are closer to the peak. You’ve priority if you’re the one on the longest ride and nearer to the peak.

Respect the Locals

In surfing, “locals” basically means people who have been surfing in a certain spot for long periods. Every surfing spot has its locals. So consider understanding the vibe of the particular spot before you take off. Showcase your socialising skills by talking kindly. Introduce yourself and tell them whether you’re a rookie or an experienced surfer. When surfing, try as much as possible to give way to the locals, especially if other surfers catch the waves before you.

Choose the Right Spot

Surfing, like other sports, has levels. And you build your skills as you get more experience. Choose a surf spot which matches your skills. As a beginner, surfing can be your best time or worst nightmare. You want to start on the beach break, given that it’s much safer to fall on the sand than the hard coral reefs or rocks. Understand that the wave conditions determine whether a spot is good for learners or perfect for experts.

Enjoy your ride.