How To Surf: Learning Surf Etiquette Video

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How To Surf: Learning Surf Etiquette Video

Oh my!  What’s that?  Yet another top rated ‘How to Surf’ video from your favorite surf camp?  Yes, it’s time to hit you square between the eyes (or chakras if you’re Tierza) with our latest offering.  As the age old expression goes, you wait months for a new ‘How to Surf’ video – and then TEN come along almost at once.

This time surf instructor Helen is tackling a big subject – surf etiquette.  This one is for those of you who want to make friends out there, and don’t want to drop in, snake or ruin someone else’s wave.  Also Helen explores her theory that the line up is like a pub or bar and it’s never appropriate to put techno drum n’ bass on the jukebox.  However, it’s always appropriate to put on the lilting sounds of Adele or George Michael.  So hold onto your boards and let’s walk towards the channel and jump in…

So just to run through those rules again…

  1. Choose your surf spot according to your ability.  In our home town in Costa Rica we have a variety of waves for beginner and intermediate surfers.  Playa Carmen, Playa Hermosa, Cabuya and Mar Azul have mellow, gentle waves if you’re just starting out.
  2. Hold on to your surfboard.  Treat your surfboard like a baby or a fantastic lover – don’t drop it.
  3. The drop in rule.  You wouldn’t pull out in front of another driver on the highway would you?  It’s the same with surfing.
  4. Don’t be a snake.  We know you wouldn’t do this, but we feel obliged to write it here.
  5. Paddle out in the channel.  Don’t worry, this will come naturally and you will learn to love the channel.
  6. Don’t paddle in front of other riders.  Ok, this is where it does start to get a bit more difficult but knowing this rule will win you friends in the lineup.
  7. Don’t chill in the impact zone.  You know those people who linger at the bottom of the escalator, or get the map out right outside the entrance of a store?  Well, you don’t want to be that guy.
  8. Helen’s rule.  If you are not a douchebag then you don’t need to worry about this one.
  9. Be nice.  Luckily our surf and yoga camp only ever attracts cool, awesome people and we are all about the good vibes.

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