The Surfers Code
Surfing is the best feeling in the world and getting more popular all the time, following some simple rules will keep you and the people you surf with safe!!
- Before paddling out, check the line-up
- Do not paddle out in surf conditions that are overcrowded and are beyond your ability and fitness level
- Always paddle around the break – not out through the middle of the pack
- Always paddle towards the white water, never paddle up the face of a wave when a surfer is up and riding.
- NEVER drop in!! The surfer on the inside or closest to the breaking part of the wave has right of way. The surfer on the outside or who is second in the line-up and takes off is “dropping in” on the surfer who is up and riding. Dropping in should be avoided at all costs as it can be dangerous to both surfers and is a major cause of aggressive behavior.
We teach our beginner surfers that as their skills develop and they start to venture out in the line-up to respect the better surfers, be tolerant, follow the surfer’s code, take your turn and by putting a smile on your face you will hopefully create a better, friendly vibe out in the surf. Nobody owns the waves and any surfer has the right to surf waves providing their surfing ability and fitness level is suited to the break and they are not a danger to themselves and other surfers.