How does priority work in surfing?

Who has right of way on a wave?

The surfer closest to the highest point of the wave (the peak) has the right of way on the wave. This means that if you are catching a wave on the right-hand side of its peak and a surfer to the left of you intends to catch the same wave, this surfer has priority and you must get out of their way.

How does a surfing lineup work?

“lineup” – the area where the waves normally begin breaking. Surfers sit on their boards in the lineup and wait for waves to break. “longboard” – a longer, wider, thicker surfboard. Longboards catch waves much easier than shortboards but are harder to control and turn.

How far out do surfers go?

At a typical beach break, surfers may need to paddle anywhere from 20-100 yards from shore to get out into the lineup to catch unbroken waves.

What is snaking in surfing?

‘Snaking’ occurs when a surfer deliberately paddles inside of another surfer in order to steal wave priority and get closest to the breaking part of the wave. You’ll occasionally encounter surfers who paddle across you at the last minute in order to take off deeper, thus claiming priority.

Can you teach yourself to surf?

It’s completely possible to learn surfing on your own provided you are a persistent person, you have decent arm and leg strength and balance skills, you are willing to learn the surfing etiquette, and you have able to learn in a safe, beginner-friendly beach spot with small waves and low currents.

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