Posted by Michael Evans

Australia is one of the most popular surfing destinations around the world! Surfing on the Gold Coast, which is known for high waves (around 12 ft), is a common bucket list item. Before getting in the water, beginners (and even veterans) should be familiar with surfing etiquette. These do's and don'ts are crucial to ensure safety and fun in the ocean.

Rule 1: Right of way

The surfer closest to the peak of the wave has the right of way. This means if you’re paddling for a right, and a surfer on your left is also paddling for it, you must yield to him/her. 

Rule 2: Don't drop in

Dropping in is when someone with the right of way is either about to take off on a wave or is already riding a wave, and you also take off on the same wave in front of him or her. This blocks his ride down the line. This is annoying and dangerous.

Rule 3: Don't snake

“Snaking” is when a surfer paddles around another surfer in order position himself to get the right of way for a wave. He is effectively making a big “S” around a fellow surfer.

Rule 4: Don't ditch your board

Always try to keep in contact with your board otherwise it might hit surrounding people. Therefore, if you’re paddling out and a wall of whitewater is coming, you can't just throw your board away and dive under. Try duck diving or turtle roll.



Rule 5: Paddle properly

Don’t paddle straight through a packed lineup. Paddle out through the channel where the waves aren’t breaking and people aren’t surfing.

When paddling back out, don't paddle in front of someone riding a wave. Instead, paddle behind them. 

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