Surf etiquette – Simple rules for surfers

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Morocco, Taghazout Bay, is an ideal place to learn to surf. There are many places on the sandy and wide beaches where you can practise how to surf. But as a beginner, there are a few rules you need to follow. We call this surf etiquette. In this post, we will explain to you the most important rules of surfing so that you know how to handle them when you go into the water. If you’re going to take surf lessons with Tiziri Surf Maroc, we don’t expect you to know them. However, when surfing on your own, it is very important to know the etiquette of surfing.

1. RIGHT OF WAY

The fundamental rule in surfing tells us that the surfer closest to the peak always gets priority.

In other words, if you’re paddling for a right-hand wave, and a fellow surfer is on your left shoulder, you must give priority to him or her.
It can be very annoying and dangerous when you go for the wave as well because with a sharp turn he or she can surf into you. For a split peak, two surfers have the right of way but they are expected to go different directions.

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2. DON’T DROP IN
In surfing, the general rule of thumb is one surfer – one wave. In most cases, you can’t have two surfers riding the same wave in the same direction.
 
When you disrespect the right-of-way rule, you’re “taking” someone’s wave and with this, you are not showing respect to another surfer.
You are actually ruining a wave for someone else, who also enjoys surfing like you are.
Dropping in may result in severe injuries and damaged surfboards, so don’t do to others what you wouldn’t want to be done to yourself.
 
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3. DON’T SNAKE
Snaking is a very common and disrespectful behavior that can be seen, especially in crowded lineups.
Paddling around one or more surfers to get closer to the peak and gain priority is rude behavior.
Select the best position in the line-up, and do not paddle around other surfers.
 
Be patient. There are waves for everyone.
 
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4. DO NOT THROW YOUR BOARD

This is an important rule, especially for beginners. Sometimes it looks really easy to just jump off your board and dive under a big wave that is breaking in front of you. Don’t do this! This can be very dangerous because there is no control over your board anymore and it can hit anyone that’s close to you. With longboards, it’s impossible to duck dive, so make sure that your instructor teaches you how to do the eskimo roll. The faster you get used to this the better!

5. DO NOT DIVE HEAD FIRST

Whether you’re surfing over reef or sand, do know that the ocean floor can severely hurt your body.

Try to use your surfboard to protect the impact and protect your head with your arms whenever you fall off the board or wipe out.

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6. COMMUNICATE
In case two surfers are sitting in the middle of the peak, and the wave opens to both sides in an A-frame wave, they should tell each other whether they’re going right or left.
 
Like this, both of you can enjoy your ride down the line without wasting what the wave had to offer.
 
7. DON’T GET IN THE WAY

Paddle wide, not through the peak, and stay in the water if you got caught inside and a surfer is enjoying his surf line.

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8. DON’T CATCH ALL THE WAVES

Don’t catch all the waves. This can be very annoying for other surfers because everyone wants to catch a wave. So be patients! There will be enough waves for everyone, don’t catch all the waves because you can.

9. KNOW YOUR LIMITS

If you’re just starting in extreme surfing conditions, don’t get into them before you’re ready, for your good and that of all the surfers. Do not go to a very busy surfing spot, but take a class in a surf camp or surf school, practice on the beach, first, and away from swimmers. And if you are an experienced surfer don’t put the less experienced at risk, performing dangerous maneuvers.

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10. INSTRUCT BEGINNERS

If you find yourself with a beginner who doesn’t yet know the ‘Surf rules’, try to help him/her and explain in a kind and friendly way at least 3 or 4 of these basic rules. You can be sure they will be thankful for your help.

11. RESPECT THE BEACH AND THE OCEAN
Another important rule of the surf etiquette is to respect the beach and the ocean.
Never leave garbage in the sand, beach, and water.
Whenever possible, pick up a couple of plastic bags, bottles, or other garbage items after you conclude your surf session.
 
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12. RESPECT OTHER SURFERS, have fun and enjoy!

Surfing is a great sport and it’s essential to maintain friendly behavior while surfing. If you’re one of the ‘local surfers’ try to leave a wave to someone else every day of surfing; it doesn’t cost you much and it’s the best way to make friends. Offer your help to those who are starting. Respect the basic rules and the surf etiquette, have fun, enjoy surfing and let the rest do that too!

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