The main rule is that whoever is closest to the curl has priority. With that said...If someone catches a wave and then paddles back out around everyone as to re-establish priority their may be problems. Also just because that is the rule does not mean all surfers obey it!1) How do you know who's turn is next? After that guy/gal and so on?
I would suggest not yelling out to the crowd, or you will be labeled quickly. Try to stay low key and act like you kind of know what your doing.2) Is it as simple as just asking? Yelling out to the crowd..."Yo...who's next up to rip/shred?"
3) Is there an an actual line/formation that all the other locals/surfers get into and form...so technically...you can see "visually" where the end of the line is in relation to the wave break...so you can go to the back of the line?
Is this different from place to place or the same universally?
5) Probably easier to go with another experienced surfer right?
visitor95010 wrote:Even intermediates who just can't sit as deep as really skilled surfers generally are best off, and most etiquette-correct, on the bigger, better, more crowded days when they leave a peak crowded with high-level surfers to the more skilled. Not suprisingly, this is an easier reality to grasp and accept for the higher level surfers than the lower level. Again, the reason is that if you can't make the wave from where a more skilled surfer is setting up, you have no business trying to sit deeper than him (or her) because you want "priority." Priority only applies when you are surfing within your ability, with consideration for others. You have to give consideration in order to receive it. Knowing what that entails is most of the battle.
Again, to simplify this -- and this is something that probably 70% of beginning male surfers don't grasp -- as a beginner you have no business trying to compete for priority with skilled surfers by trying to sit deeper than them. It may sound controversial, but when you're more skilled yourself you'll understand why it isn't.
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