Surfing Etiquette- What you need to know

Surfers come from all around the world to enjoy the perfect waves that Noosa has to offer, here is everything  you need to know and remember, if you need help with the English, ask one of the GIL teachers.


1. Firstly, and most importantly, don’t drop in on other surfers. The surfer on the inside, closest to the curl, has the right of way -If you don’t see them and you drop-in, flick out as quickly as possible so you’re not in their way.

2. Give way. When you are paddling out, keep clear of surfers on the waves – if you can’t go around the shoulder, then go inside and duck-dive or roll under the white water.

3. Hold on to your board. Don’t throw your board away when a wave breaks in front of you and don’t paddle for the waves and then pull back. If you think the wave is bigger than what you first thought and you’re not comfortable, head back to the beach.

4. Know your own ability. If you are new to surfing and still learning, perhaps find a less-crowded spot to perfect the basic skills – just because there are lots of surfers in one spot and it looks good it dosen’t mean it will be the best spot for you.

5. Share. Don’t just paddle to the inside and take all the good waves – treat each other with respect and courtesy. If someone does something wrong, try to explain to them the right way. After all, surfing is all about having fun…like Lizzie.

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