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Surf Etiquette | Top 9 Surf Rules you need to know

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Learn the important unwritten rules of surfing: A code of conduct to stay safe and be respectful of other surfers. For a Full Article with Custom Illustrations, Video & Images on Surf Etiquette: https://barefootsurftravel.com/livemore-magazine/surf-ethics-10-rules-beginner-needs-know Want to Surf Better, Faster? Learn more important Beginner / Intermediate Techniques such as How to Turn, How to Accelerate and Slow Down, How to Fix your Stance, How to Duck Dive & more here: https://barefootsurftravel.com/livemore-magazine Join us on the Surf Trip of a Lifetime! See our Surf Trips designed especially for Beginners & Intermediate Surfers, in some of the Best locations on Earth to Learn How to Surf: Barefootsurftravel.com Follow us: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/barefootsurftravel/ Instagram:https://www.instagram.com/barefoot_surf_travel/ Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvOh9i-BOFzu51rpj33fGag Please leave your Questions or Comments below!
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Siward Beorn (10 days ago)
DONT BE A DOG! DONT DROP IN! AN IF YOU DO BY MISTAKE THEN YOU DROP OUT! DONT BE A SURF NAZI! AN DON'T BE A SIDEWINDER!! (NO ONE LIKES A SNAKE) BE RESPECTFUL AN NJOY THE RIDE! SIMPLE! THIS NARRATOR SOUNDS YOUNG AN HE GETS IT SHAME SO MANY OTHERS DON'T! PEACE LOVE AND LIGHT PEEPS
Harley Freedman (11 days ago)
Where is this break ? I’m Gona drop in on y’all
이신영 (19 days ago)
such a great video! Thank you!
Nathan Beck (22 days ago)
Where is this filmed?
Barefoot Surf Travel (4 days ago)
This Tutorial was filmed in Playa Maderas, Nicaragua. Awesome spot for beginners and intermediates.
Ho Stevie! (27 days ago)
🤙
Andrea Zaja (28 days ago)
When you've been learning to surf by yourself for a whole year, watch this video and then cringe at how many of these rules you've broken at some point! :S
Thomas Skinner (1 month ago)
I think my ears are bleeding from her S pronunciation.
Ymril (1 month ago)
Not being a dick is the number one rule. Do not fucking snake
jomie orbino (1 month ago)
One thing that pisses you off as a surfer is like other people just dont give a darn
Nicolas Cusson (1 month ago)
Anyone know where they filmed this video? These waves look gooood
Barefoot Surf Travel (4 days ago)
This Tutorial was filmed in Playa Maderas, Nicaragua. Awesome spot for beginners and intermediates.
slt BDX (1 month ago)
Where is it
Barefoot Surf Travel (4 days ago)
This Tutorial was filmed in Playa Maderas, Nicaragua. Awesome spot for beginners and intermediates.
peterviegal166 (1 month ago)
good video
T C (1 month ago)
Weird how it seems like the more someone surfs the more they don't think any of this applies to them
Max Wedel (1 month ago)
Where is this?
Barefoot Surf Travel (4 days ago)
This Tutorial was filmed in Playa Maderas, Nicaragua.
Jaz Veiga (1 month ago)
Great video! But you should also make it clear that snaking isnt just paddling onto the inside around the other surfer at the last second. It should also be pointed out that if someone is paddling into a wave from further out a surfer further in can't just catch it deeper on the inside and have right of way.
Sean Patrick Bailey (1 month ago)
Here's a question from a bodysurfer in LA/Huntington Beach area. I've been bodysurfing for over 45 years as a hobby. I only know one technique and that's the old style of Proning and I start by pushing off the bottom sand. As a Proner, I don't ride the curl but climb to the top of very large waves and propel forward with the momentum and ride the wave like a torpedo to the shore with some variation depending on the wave. I feel that I have every right to be on the big waves as long as the lifeguards don't have the red flag markers warning off swimmers, nor do the lifeguards ever give me warnings and directions. And usually it's not the big wave surfers that are the issue. They are a bit further out riding the big-boy waves. It's the novice to intermediate surfers. I often surrender waves to surfers if they are in the best position for the their sport. I duck to the bottom and stay out of their way on the way back out from shore. But typically surfers have no regard for bodysurfers even a bodysurfer as crafted as myself (I shit you not. Virtually overytime I'm in the water I have strangers coming up to me asking how the f*ck I do what I do). My point, again, is I have every right to take a big beautiful wave that's either in my turn or for which I'm in the best position for my sport. Yet these surfers toy with me verbally to get me off the waves and one has even yelled a couple of times about how I'm "gonna get hurt". Don't get me wrong, I'm not concerned about their petty threats. But there have been several collisions. But I'm going so damn fast our bumps hardly phase me. I try to communicate with them pre-wave but they're, of course, way too cool to even acknowledge me. Advice? Is there a rule for surfers regarding professional grade Bodysurfers on the waves?
Siward Beorn (10 days ago)
Sean Patrick Bailey Yo Bro! Same rules apply! Nearest the crest! Dont listen to surf nazis! an at 45 +! You shouldnt allow anyone to bully you! Have you ever tried a Body surfing hand gun! A great little device! I've surfed Huntingdon beach a few times in the 90s qn early 2004 an found the whole culture there was more chilled! Maybe times change! YOU KEEP ON BODY JAMMIN! PEACE LOVE AND LIGHT BRO
Ok first snaking is when u knowingly drop in on someone not when u paddle around someone to get deeper. That’s called back paddling. And second there is no lineup nowadays, most just sit in the way and never go deep enough. I always paddle out to the deepest spot and go that’s the only rule! Closest to peek wins and get the f out of the way paddling out!
Siward Beorn (10 days ago)
Tucker Parris TAP Forge YOUR WRONG!
jessika lopez (1 month ago)
What beach is this?
Barefoot Surf Travel (4 days ago)
This Tutorial was filmed in Playa Maderas, Nicaragua. Awesome spot for beginners and intermediates.
Bart (1 month ago)
in reality this never happens lol, too many snakes
Guy Appino (2 months ago)
Wow... This video is spot on with a lot of content, demonstrations, and examples... In my opinion, probably the top 3 relating to surf etiquette.... Trust me: SoCal (South OC/North SD Counties) loves that Barefoot Surf Travel created this : )
Barefoot Surf Travel (4 days ago)
Thank you 🙏, we are glad to hear it.
PDG ! (2 months ago)
Great vid, and good rules to follow. But, Haha bet this doesn't apply to your local surf gangs, jussayin (yah I said "gangs"). I've met some serious pros who are ridiculously ill-behaved, and also watched some beginners/intermediates sit for hours without catching a break, just following the rules. Sometimes you just can't beat the whole "it's my fkin wave, KOOK" mentality.
Siward Beorn (10 days ago)
PDG ! NEVER BACK DOWN FROM A BULLY!
Sammi Kim (2 months ago)
Nice video! If only everyone kept to these simple rules :/
Lil Squishy (2 months ago)
Y am I watching this I don’t surf
Sbg (2 months ago)
We watched this shit in surf class
stephen sciarabba (2 months ago)
them 2 guys arguing on surfboards was hilarious lol
matttison (2 months ago)
well made
Archive footage (2 months ago)
Well filmed and explained. Very helpful.
Jonathan Ian (2 months ago)
I love surfing..but hate surfing with other suffers.
Tom Tom (1 month ago)
Agreed. A lot of surfers, especially the "older locals" are fucking dicks.
Anthony Barrow (2 months ago)
I surfed back in the 60s and 70s and we had known this back then but its has gotten so crowded almost everyone is a snake.
Bradley George (2 months ago)
3:01 Haha. Completely straight. That's me! I'm working on it...
Chris Flynn (2 months ago)
Not sure why people care so much. Me personally I just shred it. Yea I snaked you but at the end of the day I got the wave I wanted. Deal with it.
The D.D Unit (2 months ago)
Step 1: avoid all these rules step 2: when you piss someone off, throw up a shake and scream “mahaloooo!!!” As you ride of into the distance
ColoredFusion (2 months ago)
Best surfing video, I've ever seen ;)
Arnold Stollar (2 months ago)
Love your neighbors.
Arnold Stollar (2 months ago)
Non-surfers don’t know this.
Mohammad Levy (2 months ago)
This series of videos are pretty good and I have no idea what the people giving thumbs down are thinking as beginners need to be shown the general rules. Rule #8 especially. You kooks, or beginners, need to hold on to your boards when the whitewater is heading towards them. IF you are unable to hold on to your board, go to a place with smaller waves and learn how to handle your board properly. Pisses me off when on some waist to head high day someone is ditching their board right in front of me. Just go to an empty spot on the beach and practice taking whitewater on the head for awhile. Turning turtle or duck diving, both require pointing your board directly into the whitewater. Practice what is a very basic and important skill to get it down. Trust me, back before leashes people weren't ditching their boards.
sam w (2 months ago)
most of the times locals are snakes so why should I respect them???
Siward Beorn (10 days ago)
Keepone974 JUST KEEP A EYE OUT FOR THE SNAKE! PADDLE ACROSS HIS LINE! STAY YOUR COURSE ! IT'S EVERYONES OCEAN ! FURTHER AS YOU LINE UP SPOT WHERE HE IS! THEN SHOUT AT HIM ! "MY WAVE" AS HE PADDLES BEHIND YOU! MOST PEOPLE WHEN BUSTED RED HANDED AT ANYTHING BACK OF! ALWAYS GREET THE MOB AS YOU GET OUT! ESTABLISH A SENCE OF SELF CONFIDENCE BY CHATTING TO OTHERS! VERY QUICKLY! PEEPS WILL INCLUDE YOU! ASLONG AS YOUR NOT A DICK! NO ONE LIKES A SURF NAZI! AN GUYS WILL USUALLY WARN YOU WHEN THE LOCAL NAZIS TURN UP! PEACE LOVE AND LIGHT BRO
Keepone974 (20 days ago)
Yes, locals can be dicks. But that how it is, you don't want to get into a fight with a local, especially if you're in a foreign country. Usually I try to surf when locals work (advantage of being a tourist hin hin). When I see some of them coming, I stay for a while and judge if they're friendly or not (head nod, smile etc.). If it looks like they try to snake and the tension is rising, I just get out or go surf another area. It's just not worth it.
magic cheeseball (2 months ago)
its a snake or be snaked world out there
Johnny (2 months ago)
Nice vid👍👍
Rich Patmore (2 months ago)
This video needs to be shown to the majority of tools who surf Dee Why point. Snake city and not waiting their turn is are most common infringements.
mastafixa (2 months ago)
Just shout "surfs up" regardless of the situation and you'll be fine
shooter7a (1 month ago)
LOL
Stacey J. Rees (2 months ago)
Lol
Vasco Faria (2 months ago)
where is this surf spot/s
ColoredFusion (2 months ago)
It's in Nicaragua, Playa Maderas
jfmm189 (2 months ago)
Just read it’s Nicaragua !
jfmm189 (2 months ago)
Looks like Oaxaca Mexico
strange autistuc kid (3 months ago)
Thank you great video
DeadShot Killer (3 months ago)
No one ever lines up
Siward Beorn (10 days ago)
Tucker Parris TAP Forge NOT THAT SIMPLE!!!
Siward Beorn (10 days ago)
YEAH THEY DO!! PEACE LOVE AND LIGHT BRO
DeadShot Killer lineup was for the 70s 80s now it’s get deep or fuck off
Archie 11 (3 months ago)
Bruh she's salty
mathieu pilote (3 months ago)
what if locals snake you tho?
Siward Beorn (10 days ago)
R.T.D.G I'VE SURFED ALL OVER THE GLOBE! AN MET SURF NAZIS EVERYWHERE! I TELLEM STRAIGHT! THATS WHY THE LINEUP CAME QBOUT! LOVALS FOLLOW THEM LIKE ALL OTHERS!!! THE OCEAN IS EVERYONES! AN IF THEY SHOUT! THEY GET SHOUTED BACK AT! PEEPS NEED TO PLAY NICE WITH OTHERS!!! PEACE LOVE AND LIGHT BRO! NEVER BACK DOWN FROM A BULLY!
R.T.D.G (2 months ago)
+Toby Johnson mmmm not necessarily i know that no one really owns the waves or ocean but in some place surf etiquette says that locals have priorty and also some place like local only can get violent and u will get yelled at
Toby Johnson (2 months ago)
Then they're pricks. Those living by a spot get the privilege of living near surf - nothing more. The sea and the waves belong to nobody.
Lara LandX (3 months ago)
A nice really comprehensive explanation of surf etiquette! Excellent video. I'll add one more thing: if you're a learner in the white water, watch the wave before you take off to ensure there isn't someone already riding it. If there is, then going for that wave too can cause a collision. I've had beginners try to catch the inside shore break on a wave I've ridden from out the back, and actually aim for me, completely clueless as to what's happening. So dangerous! Being aware of other surfers is essential for everyone's safety. That fin on my board is big and sharp, I don't want it to connect with anyone's head!
Kevin Funk (3 months ago)
The only etiquette I knew before this video was that Point Break scene "Stay off my wave!" Which intimidated me a little.
Joas A Trépanier (3 months ago)
Great video, thanks for sharing guys
Emiliano Alcaraz (3 months ago)
Thank you for the Video. Where is it the beach and waves?
James Ferrell (3 months ago)
Don’t listen to this if u go to the wedge
Brian Zhu (3 months ago)
What is the name of the second song? It was an awesome choice for this video! Super informative and clear content
Barefoot Surf Travel (3 months ago)
Hey Brian thanks. Here is the link of the song: https://www.premiumbeat.com/royalty-free-tracks/poolside
DannyBoy's Metal Cave (3 months ago)
THANK YOU!
Guy Wheatley (3 months ago)
where is this
Barefoot Surf Travel (3 months ago)
Hey @Guy, we filmed this Tutorial in Playa Maderas, Nicaragua. Its one of the beaches we surf the most during our Nicaragua Surf Trips.
Going 2 Thrive (3 months ago)
SUCH a good video about etiquette. Well shot and well explained!
FM Volt (3 months ago)
Step 10: Use a deEsser on the mic please, the s's were ruining my ears. Besides that nice video!
AGATH0R (3 months ago)
Run kooks over to teach them to stay out of the way. (Surf Rules)
Siward Beorn (10 days ago)
THAT IS A DUMB NAZIS ATTITUDE RIGHT THERE! YOUR THE FUCKN KOOK! PULL THAT SHIT AROUND ME IN THE WATER! 2 OUTCOMES! ONE! YOU GONNA COME OF WORSE AN POSSIBLY GO TO HOSP AN JAIL (IF I WITNESS YOU HARM ANOTHER INTENTIONALLY!) TWO! WE BOTH GO TO HOSP! (AN THEN YOUR DEFO GOING TO JAIL)! EITHER WAY YOU ARE GOING DOWN!!!
Peter English nah elitist like u have appropriate it
Jim Aylan probably u
Josh Roy (2 months ago)
Everyone was a kook at one time. Educate and help people out. Don't be a douche like you are suggesting.
calvin peck (2 months ago)
or they get beat up, learn martial arts, and keep up the gnar.
Laurence Le Beu St Clair (3 months ago)
it's like saying to a trained boxer don't hit your opponent where there are rules written and understood
Laurence Le Beu St Clair (3 months ago)
who made these rules up ? and by what authority ? the sea is a massive highway and room for most people who enjoy it , not just for the few yes common sense should be used but remember surfing and sailing are two different things boats require competent navigational tickets surfers do not require such tickets therefore which body made up rules that by law most likely don't exist except in their head !
M S (3 months ago)
Laurence Le Beu St Clair I'm assuming English is not your first language but if it is I feel really sorry for your sad stupid ass 😂
Lara LandX (3 months ago)
would you get into a car and drive on the road without leaning give way rules and without having common sense decency? hopefully you wouldn't, because that would cause collisions. I have a friend who almost lost an eye in a collision with a beginner surfer who caused a collision because they didn't bother learning surf etiquette. The "rules" are there to avoid dangerous collisions, for safety. They're based upon common sense, and having manners. if you want to paddle out with the attitude that surf etiquette doesn't apply to you, then you're likely to cause collisions and harm others. don't be that guy.
Kevin Funk (3 months ago)
These rules are not enforced by law. That's why this video is called "Surf Etiquette" not "surf laws." The rules are there for a reason just like you would have on a tennis court or golf course. And no, there is not "room for most people" on some beaches.
Darren Mitchell (3 months ago)
This guy surfs at Snapper
Abominable Snowman (3 months ago)
Laurence Le Beu St Clair they're common Sense. No one made them up it is just glaringly obvious what good etiquette is and what is bad.
Eric Outram (3 months ago)
What about snakes ,snaking ,pop up ,white water nazi s
Anthony Overton (3 months ago)
Love your videos!
sjlee04 (3 months ago)
never knew i was being such a dick in the water, thanks
Solar Wola (3 months ago)
I’m scared I will do something wrong now xD I don’t want to be rude ;~;
g sell (14 days ago)
Solar Wola no worries. Video has great advice. Make sure u say hello to the crowd. Ok to join u guys? And hang out a bit before u start catching waves. N enjoy.
Nieve Donnelly (20 days ago)
Solar Wola omg I surf at fistral aswell
Solar Wola (24 days ago)
adriaan britz thanks! I’m actually surfing now! And it’s rlly fun, and ur right.. people are quite friendly!
adriaan britz (24 days ago)
I agree completely, surfers are generally some of the nicest people you will meet. When sufing at a spot you will find about 5-15 surfers in at a given time. Everyone knows accidents are going to happen. So as long as you show you didnt mean to do something or throw a sorry out if you dropped in etc you will be fine. Maybe even make a new surf buddy. Greetings from South Africa
Solar Wola (2 months ago)
timbo pea oh ok! Thankyou for the advice!
Gary Duncan (3 months ago)
These videos are so helpful! The video is great and the commentary very concise and clear. I even like the unobtrusive and relaxing music. This is top quality stuff and I'm learning so much. Thank you!
Kahele Koki (3 months ago)
Every surfer should watch this especially snakes
G-wiz (3 months ago)
awesome vids! If u need some chill surf tunes hit me up gwizdb at gmail
Izzy Bodman (3 months ago)
And you will ruin ‘his’ wave ? Didn’t realise only boys get right of way
Mellow Waves (2 months ago)
+DB POV I think it was a joke, just like usa.
DB POV (3 months ago)
The guy he was taking about in the video was a guy you feminist. Anything you complain about is only for a bit of attention
Kevin Funk (3 months ago)
I agree, that was totally sexist and transphobic. They should have said "ruin his or her or their or they them, however they identify as, if they identify at all's wave."
lily (3 months ago)
it doesn't matter.
F Fletch (3 months ago)
Yep. Only guys surf. Ladies are off doing yoga and such feminine things as that.
Rob Manser (3 months ago)
Superb video. Really clear videos of each situation; that must have taken a lot of work to arrange and film. Good narration too 👍🏻
Diogo Gonçalves (3 months ago)
At 4:33 the surfer taking off was just a dick and he did want confrontation, he could EASLY redirect his takeoff just a little to his left, he wanted to go into the paddling surfer, if a guy came here and did what that guy did taking off on a local surfer, he would be asked to calm down or to leave, we are pretty chill here in Portugal but we do like respect. There was plenty of room for him to redirect his takeoff, this is another thing that pisses me off, people who go surf and like confrotation and look for this situations.. and the first rule should be changed to the right day and not spot, because you can live near big wave beaches like me, I live in Nazaré surroundings and who lives here know there's no way we can find a calmer spot on the days the waves are kicking, there's a very small window between flat and firing in Leiria (district where Nazaré is located), when everywhere else is flat, in Leiria there's nice waves for begginers or to have fun, the only place near that is surfable for begginers and intermidiates is Baleal that is more less 60 km south of Nazaré.
Phil Adamski (3 months ago)
I love these videos, so professional! As a beginner I've already learned so much. Thank you for making these!!!
Alan O'Hara (3 months ago)
what's the song?
Barefoot Surf Travel (3 months ago)
Hey @Alan, here is the link to the Song: https://www.premiumbeat.com/royalty-free-tracks/poolside. Make sure you check out the other songs from Aulx Studio, there is many other good ones.
Miro Novaes (3 months ago)
Very clear thanks sm
Zi Lin (3 months ago)
What’s the song title from the beginning
Barefoot Surf Travel (3 months ago)
Hey @Zi, here is the link to the Intro song: https://www.premiumbeat.com/royalty-free-tracks/violet-letter
Esencial para todos los principiantes.
Jesse Eschbach (4 months ago)
Where is that wave?
Barefoot Surf Travel (4 months ago)
Hey @jesse, we filmed this Tutorial in Playa Marderas, Nicaragua. Its one of the beaches we surf the most during our Nicaragua Surf Trips.
Jeremy Delost (4 months ago)
Very nice video, thank you.
David Abramov (4 months ago)
I love your content! Keep it up.
Barefoot Surf Travel (3 months ago)
Thanks @David, this means a lot. We are working on more Tutorial for you guys, meanwhile, don't hesitate to ask if you have any questions about surf technique. 🙏

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