Surf Etiquette Tips We Love

What’s the key to keeping our lineups safe and fun?

Knowing and spreading the unwritten rulebook to surfing- surf etiquette! So, here we are! Ready to pass down and circulate some surf etiquette/safety tips, for whoever may need it.

Tip #1: Get to know your surf level

Whether you’re brand new to surfing, or already have some experience, it’s essential to find a surf spot that suits your skill level. Surfing at a break that’s right for you is the best way to avoid unwanted surf incidents- whether that means avoiding crowded lineups, difficult waves, sharp reef, etc. 

It’s certainly courageous (and cool) to push outside of your comfort zone and surf difficult waves! You should only try to push these limits once you’re completely confident that you can control your surfboard and maneuver around other surfers or obstacles in the lineup. 

What’s the best way to find a break thats right for you?

One recommendation, besides reflecting on your own surf sessions and experiences, is to talk with experienced surfers in your area. If you’re at your local beach and wondering if the break or conditions are appropriate for your level, scope out an experienced surfer who’s close by and just start chatting! Chances are, they’ll be willing to point you in the right direction. 

Tip #2: Practice reading the “lineup”

Getting to know your own surf abilities isn’t the only piece to the puzzle. It’s also important to pay attention to other surfers in the lineup! When you’re out in the water (and even before you paddle out) you should definitely be taking mental notes on the other surfers in the water.

Which surfers are the local legends? Are there any beginners? Who is catching the most waves?
Lineup by @holalenita

Paying attention to other surfers will help you to make better informed decisions about where to sit in the lineup and which waves to paddle for. Another perk? If you’re respectful and observant to others in the lineup, they’ll be respectful and observant right on back!

Tip #3: Avoid ditching your board

Here at Surf With Amigas we put it like this: “If your board is 9ft long and your leash is also 9ft long… that’s an 18ft radius of destruction”.  Learn how to turtle roll and do it often. It’s even fun to practice this technique with a surfboard in the pool! Don’t know how to turtle? Watch our tutorial here. It’s also important to practice how to dismount from your board at the end of your waves without launching the board into the air.

Keeping your board close by is extremely important when it comes to surf safety. If you see your surf buddies ditching their boards, spread the word! Give them the “radius” talk, then teach them how to do the turtle roll! 

Turtle Roll!

Surf safe. Be respectful. Have fun!

Surf University 101 – Expand your Surf Knowledge in an Online Class with Holly

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I hope you live in a place where you are able to surf in these times. Whether or not you are lucky enough to be in that category, it’s a great time to expand your surf knowledge! Holly has recently hosted a series of online pop-up courses and is coming back with a three part course she’s calling “Surf University: 101”. Watch the teaser to get some highlights of what to expect and check out more info below.

Join the class to learn the following:

Surf etiquette : Many of you will know the very basics of surf etiquette (the surfer closest to the breaking part of the wave has priority), but there are a lot of grey areas and exceptions. I’ll cover all of those.  How to safely paddle back out after a wave at a crowded surf spot. I know many people worry about being in someone’s way, we will talk through some strategies to paddle back out with confidence. Some strategies and tips to catch more waves even if you live in a crowded surf zone.
How to read a surf forecast : Surf forecasts where the forecaster gives you a paragraph about what you can expect are rarely accurate or tuned to the type of surf you as an individual might want. I’ll explain how to read the buoy readings and make your own decision. We’ll cover what each number means, how to predict how big the waves will be at your spot based on the numbers, and get into the mechanics of why that is.
Three tips to overcoming fear in bigger waves : I’ll tell a few stories in which I thought I was going to die, and what I learned from each one.