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surf etiquette - 2010/04/01 06:09 Thought I'd share a common experience from a couple of over crowded spots at a couple of very different locales, one Morocco, the other Peru, and see what the consensus from the masses was. Sick of hassling and being dropped in on, you wait patiently out back for the sets (not taking every set, no) and let the frothing herds fight it out over the majority of the waves, then take off on the wave of the day only to be forced to straighten out to avoid all the gormless tits on the inside who are all paddling madly to the shoulder and you wind up taking a 6fter on the head. Then to add insult to injury, some prick give you s*** for it.
Sound familiar?
Rider has right of way. Don't paddle for shoulder, get out of their way. Simple as that.
What are your thoughts the idea of making surf schools and hire places giving the hoards compulsory etiquette lessons - its for everyones enjoyment and safety. Funnily enough, the council at Manly have apparently just erected large etiquette sighs to help mitigate the increasing incidence of "surf rage".
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Re:surf etiquette - 2010/04/01 19:29 I will surf 2ft less peaks to avoid crowds.

Etiquette is a big & growing problem everywhere, you are not alone.

Avoid places where surf camps go out.

Avoid localized breaks.

If need be explain etiquette to new surfers.

Let the person know who dropped in on you with a "yo dude", they may not know you are behind them.

Try to mix in with a cool group of surfers who understand the spirit of surfing and are willing to share.

And, yes, every once in awhile the gloves have to come off for a rendezvous on the beach with the agros who will never get it!
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Re:surf etiquette - 2010/04/02 03:13 couldn't agree more. I did accidentally run over someone recently as the whole time I was heading for them I was expecting them to paddle out the way. the whole time they just kept going for the shoulder. it wasn't even busy. by the time my brain had caught up with my disbelief it was too late. bottom line is that I should've avoided them but the whole time I was expecting them to change directions for the white water - they had definitely seen me...
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Re:surf etiquette - 2010/04/11 16:31 situations like that call for proper training and etiquette, to avoid accidents/mishaps. Or maybe those people are not aware on what they should do should that situation arise. Marthe
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Re:surf etiquette - 2010/04/12 04:19 Yeah brother I here you over-crowding in My local spots has incresed ten fold even in my secret spot . Apart from getting shit from other riders why is there always one middle aged surfer who just makes it a point to ruin sessions, and intimidate others having a session. I recently witnessed this guy get a smack for being biligerant in the water. He shouted abuse at a guy who missed a set and the guy paddeled over to him and said you can have a smack now or you can wait til were out of the water lol. The guy waited on the beach for an hour until the guy came out of the water and just smacked him to the ground. He didnt learn his lesson tho because the follwing week at a different spot i saw him at it again. etiquette is important for safety in the water but also to provide fun through out the session. im a surf instructor and im amazed at how many schools dont teach etiquette in the water it takes two minutes and is an important responsibility as a surfer to maintain good etiquette
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Re:surf etiquette - 2010/04/12 05:15 Such a debate, its all you and your crew ever talk about in the line up... but thing is, like others have mentioned before, you might just have to tell someone about how it works... I know that when I first started, even though I was really young, other dudes were so cool about letting me know how not to drop in on others, how to wait in the line-up, when to paddle back out, and how to paddle back out, they understood that I needed some guidance... I disagree with signs being posted and classes being taught, because all that does is take away from the peaceful spirit of surfing, rules suck, plain and simple, the only penalty for for consistently getting in the way should be learning the hard way, by fate, or by unleashing fisticuffs if need be, but always take a brotherly approach at it, you know? People just need to man up and teach others, thats how I learned, thats how I teach others today..
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