Surfing Etiquette

When did surfers start behaving like hockey players?

Aren’t surfers supposed to be totally lay back and think everything is just awesome? Maybe back when Gidget was hang’n with the crew–apparently things have changed.

In Australia’s popular Gold Coast, surfer rage has been on the rise. So much so, that they now have “surfing policemen.” Yes, another body taking up space in the already crowded surf, making sure that surfers all get along and follow surf etiquette. Give respect, get respect.

It happens in California surf spots too. Would hiring surfing policemen help ease tension on the waves? Perhaps a policeman could hold up signs guiding each surfer to, “go to the left”, “drop-in”, “shoulder-hopping”, or “that’s tight.” Surfers, just like any other sports enthusiasts should learn the ropes. Not only because it’s right, but it might save you from getting your face punched in or a board upside your head. There are places where no matter how well you follow the rules, you will not be welcome. It’s those darn territorial ‘locals’. This can be pretty intimidating for surfing beginners who maybe have only had a few surf lessons but still want to be part of the sport. To be admitted, you may have to stay under the radar, ride the puny foam, and bring pizza every day before they allow you in. (It can’t hurt)

If you’re planning on taking up surfing brah, here’s a totally awesome site with coolaphonic lingo, so that they don’t see you as tool or foolbar while you’re on a fat wave.

My take: Can’t get away without your social skills, even on the waves. As with any sport, learning the rules is a must–how can you play when you don’t? The “other kids” won’t like you either. More importantly it is for your safety and the safety of others. It used to be you watched out for waves, and an occasional shark, but now, you have to watch out for peelers, flounders, and wackos–don’t be one of those.

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