Surfing is a really unique sport. Unlike sports such as football, tennis or hockey, there are no set rules. You are free to enjoy surfing without ever entering a contest – in fact, a lot of surfers never compete. However, although it embodies freedom, there is still an understanding between surfers about what’s considered proper etiquette out on the waves.
Our infographic details some of the unwritten rules of surfing which are important to know if you’re new to the sport. For example, one such rule which is probably considered a golden rule on the waves is “don’t drop in” i.e. one wave, one surfer. When you paddle for a wave, always look inside before you take off, just in case someone else caught it before you. Knowing about things like this is very important and will help you to enjoy the sport and settle into it a lot smoother.
Of course, it also helps to know the lingo. Surfers use terms that are not all that familiar in everyday talk, for example, “bailing out” is a term used to describe the action of a surfer who seems to have committed to a wave, but changed his/her mind at the last minute and pulled out. Having a knowledge of this type of lingo will help you converse better with your fellow surfers. Find out more about surfing lingo and the unwritten rules of surfing in our insightful infograpic below.
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