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The world is home to about 372,000 miles of coastline and endless surf breaks along these coasts. With this much exposure to the ocean, you would think that surfers would not necessarily need to abide by rules—wrong! Due to accessibility issues and limited areas where rideable waves break in a desirable fashion, surfers end up congregating in packs; and where there are groups of surfers there must be some sort of informal rules to avoid chaos in the water.
To help remind some and inform others, we’ve put together a short list of a few of the most important surfing rules. This is by no means a comprehensive list of all unwritten surfing rules, but abiding by even just these few simple rules will help us all stay safe in the water and have the best time possible enjoying the sport we love. So, whether you are preparing to take out your 8-foot Wavestorm from Costco for the first time or you are currently surfing on the World Tour, we urge you to pay attention and follow the rules below.
Don’t Interfere on a Wave Being Ridden by Another Surfer
At most surf breaks where there is a group of surfers, it will be customary for only one or two surfers to catch each wave. When two surfers catch the same wave, they will most likely be riding the wave in opposite directions to avoid running into each other. It would be considered rude and disrespectful for another surfer to attempt to catch or interfere on a wave that someone else is already riding. In fact, this is the highest form of disrespect in surfing.
Do not attempt to paddle into a wave that another person is already riding. Not only is this highly frowned upon, but it can result in serious injuries to both you and the other surfer. This action of catching a wave that is already being ridden by another surfer is commonly referred to as taking-off or dropping-in on someone, burning, cutting-off, or snaking.
In pretty much every circumstance, the person who caught and is riding the wave first has the right of way. This means they can travel whichever direction they wish, and even allow others to join them in riding the wave if they so communicate. Eventually every surfer will encounter a situation in which they are paddling into a wave at the same time as another surfer. The person who arises to their feet first gains the right of way at that moment. If both surfers rise to their feet at the same time, the person closest to the portion of the wave that is crumbling or peeling has the right of way, and the other surfer should immediately steer off the wave as a sign of respect, being careful not to hit the other person with their board.
Most surfing accidents, both intentional and unintentional, are a result of surfers breaching this rule. Even if you believe someone deserves it, never break this rule to avoid unnecessary confrontations.
Avoid Paddling in the Path of a Wave Being Ridden
This rule is an extension of the rule we just discussed. As you paddle out from the shore you will notice that the easiest route is the one where you avoid running into the whitewash of a wave that has already broken. It is nearly impossible to travel over the top of the whitewash, so surfers will opt to duck-dive or turtle-roll beneath the whitewash and let it pass over them. Duck-diving uses up a significant amount of energy, especially when the waves are large and unruly. This will instinctually cause surfers to want to paddle toward the area of the wave that is smooth and unbroken, so they can easily float over the top and continue toward the outside, beyond where the waves are breaking.
Paddling toward that unbroken part of the wave is perfectly acceptable, unless someone is riding or paddling into the wave. Surfers attempting to paddle to the lineup should be aware if someone is riding the waves they are trying to get around. If someone is riding an incoming wave, and it appears the surfer paddling out may end up in their path, they should paddle toward the whitewash to avoid interfering or colliding with them. This can be inconvenient to the surfer paddling out, but it is a sign of respect and can potentially save them from serious injuries caused by being hit by another surfer. Learning to properly duck-dive or turtle-roll will make paddling out significantly easier, especially in these circumstances.
Always Keep Your Board with You
Often, beginner surfers will think it is easier to ditch their surfboard and swim underneath the whitewash instead of performing a proper duck-dive or turtle-roll. This may be true in extreme circumstances, like if you are caught inside at Teahupo’o or the Wedge, but in all other cases this should be avoided. Ditching your board in the path of an oncoming wave will put a tremendous amount of force on your leash and may cause it to break. Not only will this be dangerous to other surfers paddling out behind you or riding the wave you are avoiding, but you will lose the ultimate water flotation device that may save you from drowning.
Everyone loses their board accidentally on occasion, whether from a leash breaking after falling on a wave or having the board torn from their hands while duck-diving, but this should be avoided at all costs to prevent unnecessary injuries.
One of the most prevalent ideas behind the surfing world is the idea that surfers should have respect for the ocean and for other surfers. This is one-hundred percent true.
The ocean is powerful and humbles even the most experienced watermen daily. The human element of surfing can be a safe one if we follow the unwritten surfing rules, but the unpredictability and volatility of the water can lead to serious injuries and even death. It is not uncommon for a handful of surfers to die every year around the world due to drowning or impact with the bottom. We should always respect the ocean and know our limits with regards to wave and weather conditions. Don’t put yourself in danger by surfing waves far above your experience level, and don’t surf in conditions that are unruly and visibly dangerous.
Keep it Fun
Rule number one in surfing is to always have fun. Isn’t that why we are all out in the water? Sometimes surfers can get caught up in the artificial drama created by a seemingly limited resource (the waves) and an increasing number of surfers. As mentioned earlier there are hundreds of thousands of miles of coastline in the world. Most of this is not even utilized by surfers, and new waves are constantly being discovered. This is plenty for us all to share, and there will always be more waves in the future at our local breaks even if the swell doesn’t always last as long as we would like.
It is important to remember that we are all out in the water to have a good time and enjoy the power of the waves. There are no rules for how you should or shouldn’t surf on a wave. As long as you aren’t running into anyone, no one can tell you how to surf. Be yourself and ride whatever you want. The feeling of freedom while riding a wave is indescribable and can’t be recreated elsewhere. Have a fun attitude and be respectful to other surfers, and we will all enjoy the waves together.
In case you didn’t notice, there is an overarching theme behind this list of rules. Respect the water and your fellow surfers and have fun. The ocean is home to incredible forces that are almost completely unpredictable. This is what draws many of us back to the ocean time and time again in an attempt to conquer the waves and soak in the energy they deliver. Respecting the power of the ocean and looking out for our friends in the water will ensure we all have a good time and get the most out of our surf sessions. Let’s remember these rules so we all stay safe and most importantly, have fun!
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Top 7 Surf Accessories
Surfing is all about having as much fun as possible and enjoying our beautiful ocean surroundings. For many of us, the fun of surfing begins not when you are riding the waves, but as you gear up for your first or next trip to the beach. Being prepared for any mishaps or accidents will also help you stay in the water longer and get more waves.
Dialing in your personal surfing setup has long been a surfing tradition and may take some time to get right. In fact, your setup may never be “perfect” because your taste in products will likely change as you progress. To help some of you who may need ideas on how to improve your setup, I put together a list of some of my favorite surfing accessories that help me maximize fun both in and out of the water.
If you are just beginning to surf, you need to first invest in a surfboard. There is plenty of information available online on what surfboard is best for learning to surf. Personally, I have taught more people to surf on the 8-foot Wavestorm available at Costco than anything else. No other board compares to the price, safety, float, and stability that you get with a Wavestorm. I have four or five of them in my garage that I regularly use myself and teach beginners with. They just can’t be beat all factors considered.
What do I ride? While I have several different shapes and sizes of fiberglass and foam surfboards, ninety-percent of my surfing is on the 7-foot Storm Blade. It is an extremely fun and solid board in almost any conditions. I have taken mine out in heavy, pounding beach breaks, minute long point breaks, and small wind-swell surf and had a blast every time. When my friends ask me why I always surf a “foam board”, I tell them it is a barrel hunting machine, and then let my surfing do the talking.
One of the first upgrades I make to my Storm Blade and Wavestorm boards is a new leash. While the leash that comes with them works very well and is plenty of leash for most surfers, they tend to break in overhead surf. This is not a huge deal since they come free with the board, but it can be a hassle swimming in to grab your board when they do break.
My aftermarket leash of choice is the Dakine Kainui Team 7-foot leash. The Kainui Team leash takes serious force to break and is usable in all conditions. I go with the 7-foot leash because I ride the 7-foot Storm Blade. As a rule of thumb, you typically want to pick out a leash that is as long or slightly longer than your board. I always bring a backup leash just in case I break the first. A solid leash can go a long way, and only set you back minimally.
Fins are one of the first upgrades I make that actually affect the performance of the board. The fins that come with the 7-foot Storm Blade work well in large and small surf, but I did notice an improvement in responsiveness when I swapped them out with stiffer FCS fins. I did not use one of the many pricey FCS fin options but opted for a thruster (3 fin) set that cost around $30. The additional drive and responsiveness were well worth the cost.
One of my all-time favorite fin upgrades is the Perfect Storm Fin. The Perfect Storm Fin is a large, pink single-fin that easily installs onto any foam board with the more traditional “Wavestorm” style fin plugs. Riding a Wavestorm or other Foam board with a large single-fin changes the feel of the board completely. The ride becomes very smooth, and the board turns much better with less effort. For around $30, this is an excellent upgrade that is well worth the minimal investment.
It would be hard if not impossible to find a single board out in the water without wax on it. Surf Wax prevents your feet from slipping around on the wet board surface. Some boards, like my 7-foot Storm Blade, have a special deck that doesn’t necessarily need wax on it, but I wax the board up anyways for my own sanity. I don’t use much, but I like to cover the whole surface with at least a small layer.
People have opinions on what is considered the best surf wax, but I have used just about every one and come away with very similar results. Keep in mind that surf wax is water temperature specific, and each brand will have different types of wax for varying temperature ranges. Choosing wax made for the wrong temperature range can lead to the wax either being so hard that it is slippery in the water, or so soft that it slides around under your feet. Check the current water temperatures before you head out for the best results.
If you have public showers near your favorite surf spot, consider yourself lucky. For the rest of us, driving home covered in sand can be an uncomfortable experience, and make quite a mess of your car. By far one of my favorite surf related purchases, my portable surf shower comes in handy every trip I take to the beach. Whether I am surfing before work and need to rinse off before changing into dress clothes, or I am on an all-day weekend adventure to the beach with the family, my portable shower follows along.
Personally, I own a RinseKit portable shower system. It comes equipped with a quality adjustable nozzle, hot water adapter to fill it with hot water from your sink, hose bib adapter for filling from a spigot, and a 2-gallon water tank. The thing I love most about the RinseKit is that it self-pressurizes as it is filled from the water source. This means you get 2 gallons of pressurized water for spraying down anything dirty or sandy. This is a must have for before work surf sessions or beach days with kids, and a need for solo surf sessions.
Surfing Specific Tools
Another inexpensive but important surfing accessory that is often overlooked is a set of commonly used surf tools and hardware for board maintenance. Nothing can ruin a surf session quite like having technical issues with your board. Unfortunately, I have had to learn this lesson the hard way several times. Broken leash cords, loose fins that have come unset from the fin screws, and holes in your board are all too common issues that can easily be fixed or prevented with a little preparation beforehand. To avoid having to drive home or to a surf shop, I now carry a small kit with a couple of important maintenance items.
My homemade Tupperware surf kit contains a few bars of wax, a wax comb for stripping old wax off a board, a roll of duct tape for emergency hole covering, and several fin keys, which are essentially 3/32 Allen keys with a flat surface for easy use with your fingers. I keep several fin keys in the box in case one strips during use. Also within the box I have plenty of extra fin screws, a few cords for attaching a leash to the surfboard, an extra set of Wave Storm fins and plugs, and an extra set of FCS fins.
First Aid Kit
Another critical piece of gear that is often left out but should be a part of every surfer’s setup is a first aid kit. Surfing can be a dangerous sport and being prepared with first aid materials can greatly assist you and others who may happen to get injured. A basic first aid kit will suffice for most surfing related injuries. Cuts and gashes are some of the more common injuries that occur, whether they come from fins, board tips, rocks, or reef. Butterfly bandages, disinfectant, gauze pads, and wraps can all be useful in temporarily treating these wounds. Also common are sprained ankles and sore muscles. I recommend bringing an ankle brace and pain relievers like Advil or Ibuprofen on longer surf trips.
Recently on a trip to mainland Mexico, I sprained my ankle severely early in the morning as we began a surf session. Not wanting to sit out and watch perfect and empty beach break barrels all day, I was forced to surf on an unsupported sprained ankle for 6 hours. Not only did this hurt incredibly, it could have done more damage than the original sprain. Had I brought an ankle brace with me I could have supported my ankle better and enjoyed the session more as well as subsequent sessions. I highly recommend keeping a simple first aid kit with you whenever you surf, because you never know who you might need to help.
While this is not a comprehensive list of every accessory you need for a fun day of surfing, these accessories are some that I always keep with me. Not only do they increase my fun level while surfing, but they help me stay out in the water longer and enjoy the whole surfing experience.
Use this list as a rough guide to help get your personal surfing setup together. Everyone has different preferences with their gear, so personalize this list as you progress in the sport. Share what you learn with others, and always think ahead. You never know when you might save an otherwise lost surf session.
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Happy Holidays from AGIT Global! Gifting can be hard, so we’ve rounded up some of the most experienced people on our team to tell us what their favorite AGIT products are. Each office member is encouraged to try each model we sell, ensuring that we’re experienced with our own product...Rough Life! Withoutfurther due, AGIT’stop 5 recommended Holiday gifts:
"My favorite item has to be the 7ft Storm Blade Surfboard. The volume is generous and this board will fit into most cars without a set of surf racks! Just set your side seat low and kick your surfing buddy to the back while your new ride sits shotgun. I have found the 7ft model to be just short enough to scoop on a drop and still track down the wave with drive and speed. It's a gift that will see mileage in the winter surf and summertime cool off sessions."
“The 7ft boardgives a total longboard type feeling. It's easy to cruise, make sections and catch plenty of waves even on really small gutless days."
"I love riding the 5'6" swallow tail!I am a smaller person and have always been a shortboard surfer. When I get on our 5'6" swallow tail I find they have plenty of volume and are easy to paddle, catch waves and do floaters and cutbacks etc. and just have a good time when the waves are small to medium in size."
"My favorite AGIT product to ride is the Wavestorm 5'6 Swallow Tail… it has enough volume in the nose making it easy to paddle and catch waves while still being able to be surfed with a good amount of performance. It is also very fast down the line and a unique shape that most surfers don't know it even exist. I also like the turquoise deck option color. The board is very durable and easy to transport, also it's perfect for the small summer days when you can't shortboard but still want to get wet and have fun!"
“The Storm Blade SSR surfboards are the perfect learn-to-surf surfboard! Perfect for beginners, teaching friends and family and even as a surf instructor side gig! They are easy to carry with the convenient carrying handle and their volume make it easy to get up on your first wave.“
The buzzword for this board is “cool.” Possibly AGIT’s coolest board yet is the SUP Kayak Hybrid coined SUPYAK. This board is accessible at all levels, with the ability to take it easy stand up and paddle. Easy to switch mid session, there’s always flexibility in how far you want to go and how hard you want to work. Those of us who have ridden the SUPYAK can’t stop singing itspraise!
HOLIDAY GIFT BUNDLES
This holiday season, we wanted to make gifting worth while! Find your Wavestorm Longboard Bundle, Storm Blade Shortboard Bundle and No.6 Bodyboard Bundle all equipped with the full AGIT surf essentials. Hand picked, these bundles have been specially chosen to be the perfect fit for all levels.
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