All sports have rules! surfing is not an exception. things can get very dangerous very quickly in the ocean. over the years surfing has developed its own code of conduct, which every surfer should understand, and respect. As a beginner these rules can be thought of as a surfers etiquette. understanding and demonstrating this simple collection of guidelines will ensure you and other surfers a hassle and danger free introduction to surfing.
if you do not understand any of the following points please contact one of the local surf schools and take some lessons.
Surfing is a very physical sport. be realistic about your condition and your abilities. Putting yourself in danger will mean someone else has to endanger their life to rescue you.
Be aware of other people using the beach, in and out of the water. stay clear of swimmers.
Beginners should learn in the white water. don't paddle out until you are ready. when you think you are, don't paddle directly to the main peak. if you don’t know what that is, you're not ready!
Whos wave is it? Right of way belongs to the surfer closest to the peak of the wave. Never take off when somebody else is taking off closer to this point than you. If someone is closer to the peak when a wave comes, do not paddle around them to get priority. If you begin to surf unbroken waves you need to understand these rules. who is the closest to the peak? if you don’t know what any of this means; take some lessons!
Do not drop in! If you do not respect who is closest to the peak you will be dropping in, this is not only very bad etiquette but is also dangerous.
Control your board at all times. Paddle out where people are not surfing to avoid collisions.
Have respect for the local surfers, you are a guest here. Don't be greedy in the water, be aware of those around you.
Please - No Kayak, Kitesurfers or Jetskis on surfspots. The differences between these sports will undoubtedly lead to dangerous situations when they come together.
Do not leave litter of any kind on the beach. Respect the ocean environment
Camping is illegal at the beach and in the carpark on the National Park. Respect the country’s laws, do not do it.