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Old 02-13-2011, 08:39 PM   #1
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I have been wanting to surf for a while now and finally got the chance and i love it. I started in febuary so i am pretty new. I would just like some info on what to do and what not to do so I dont make myself look bad. Catching a wave is the best feeling in the world and i am hooked to it. Thanks for any input!
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Old 02-13-2011, 08:56 PM   #2
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The guy to your right has right of way on a left break if you both catch that wave. The guy on your left has right of way on a right break if you both catch that wave.

A guy paddling out has to get out of the way of a guy riding a wave, but it's okay if it's close as long as you know the skills of the other guy.

That was 40 years ago though.

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Old 02-13-2011, 09:16 PM   #3
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In Hawaii when I was growing up, it was simple, first up owned the wave. If both got up together, then the one in the back dropped off.
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I always go the opposite direction from the crowds. Even if the waves are not as good. I like the solitude. Some of the kids around here think they own the beach and the waves and can pis you off in about 2 seconds, not worth the headache to put up with them. Just be nice and respectful to others and you can meet some really nice people who enjoy being on the water just like you!
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Old 02-14-2011, 02:27 AM   #5
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What JimT said is spot on. Don't drop in on people and you'll be ok. I too prefer surfing alone or with a friend or 2 max. I avoid places like the pier, and Alabama Point unless the wind is cranking and you have no other options. There are plenty of good uncrowded breaks from Navarre to Ft Pickens if you drive around and look for them.
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Old 02-14-2011, 09:13 AM   #6
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Also, join some of the local surf forums like www.dauphinislandsurf.com. You'll meet some good guys and learn when and how to predict the waves.
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Old 02-14-2011, 10:28 AM   #7
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Get a long board. That way you'll catch the wave and be riding while others are still paddleing for it.
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Old 02-14-2011, 10:56 AM   #8
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Once again, I find myself disappointed in advice given from this board...even jim t... man, I didn't think you could be led astray like that.

This guy is talking surfing on the PFF. Where are all the pier rats ready to sling some lead man! What's next.... you're going to start befriending personal watercraft scum!!!!

I guess since we let those hunters have a place and kayak folk have their own page we're just gonna let anybody in now.....

As to the OP, here's your surfing etiquette.... if you see somebody fishing, don't surf... if you think somebody may fish that day, don't surf.. if you really want to surf, move west....

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Old 02-14-2011, 02:33 PM   #9
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As to the OP, here's your surfing etiquette.... if you see somebody fishing, don't surf...
good advice,,,
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Old 02-14-2011, 03:42 PM   #10
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And if somebody is surfing, don't fish.

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