Level ONE - ESSENTIALS

 

Surfing has an extensive, unwritten, unspoken and complex code of conduct. These rules are to keep surfers safe and maintain respect and order within the line-up.


NAVIGATING THE LINEUP

When returning to the linuep after a ride, PREFERABLY paddle WELL wide outside the RIDING path of other surfers. 

A wiDE Paddle path around the breaking waves also offers the added benefit of less sweep, allowing you to return to the lineup faster and having expended less energy.

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if for whatever reason you find yourself in the way of an oncoming surfer, try and get out of their way, preferably by paddling into the whitewater.

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don't be 'that' surfer who ruins someone's ride just to avoid a duck dive. 

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when in doubt, don't throw your board into the path of an oncoming surfer. Safety first, inconvenience second. 



DROPPING IN

Once you progress from the white water to riding unbroken green faces, you will most likely be entering a lineup with more experienced surfers who will be wanting to ride the same waves as you.

THe surfer closest to the peak has right of way. 

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Always check your 'inside' before committing to riding a wave, then again when you are paddling into the ride. Your inside is the opposite direction to the way in which you plan on riding the wave. 

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If you do accidentally drop in on another surfer, FALLING IN FRONT OF THEM OR JUMPING OFF THE BACK OF THE WAVE WITHOUT YOUR BOARD CAN BE EXTREMELY DANGEROUS.

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IF YOU HAVE DROPPED IN, IT IS CRITICAL THAT YOU AND YOUR BOARD SAFELY EXIT THE WAVE TOGETHER.

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SNAKING

DELIBERATE SNaking can be viewed as equally offensive as dropping in. 

a 'snake' occurs when a surfer has waited their turn, established their position closest to the peak, only to have that 'inside' position stolen (snaked) by another surfer. 

the victim of the snaking may often drop in on the snake, leading to potential confrontation and tension in the lineup. 

as a SURFER progresses from beginner to intermediate, they may often unknowingly snake other surfers in the lineup. 

if you are on the larger surf craft in the lineup, EG. SUP or Mal, be conscious not to abuse your superior paddle power to snake the crowd and take the position closest to the peak. 



PICK THE RIGHT LOCATION

the ocean is an unpredictable and dangerous place and you can very quickly find yourself in a potentially life threatening situation. if you are unsure of a location or the conditions, ask a local.

BEGINNERS AND INTERMEDIATE SURFERS ARE ADVISED TO AVOID THE PREMIERE WAVE VENUES abd reef breaks, INSTEAD SEEKING OUT sand bottomed LOCATIONS THAT PROVIDE FAVOURABLE WAVE TYPES TO YOUR SKILLSET and level of experience in the ocean. 

SURFCOAST - avoid breaks like Bells Beach, BIRD ROCK and Winkipop, instead head to safer venues like Torquay Back Beach and Cosy Corner. 

PHILLIP ISLAND - avoid breaks like Woolamai and Express Point, instead head to safer venues like Smiths Beach and YCW. 

MORNINGTON PENINSULA - avoid breaks like Rye and Gunnamatta, instead head to safer venues like Pt. Leo and SHOREHAM. 

"WHEN IN DOUBT, DON'T GO OUT".


START OUT ON THE RIGHT FOOT

NEVER SURFED BEFORE? FLAILED AROUND ON HOLIDAYS A FEW TIMES WITH LITTLE SUCCESS? Start on the right foot by taking a lesson at at Surfing Victoria affiliated surf school. 

A full list of Surfing Victoria affiliated surf schools is available by clicking here.


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