- 02 February 2011 | Surfing
The surf population is growing, the waves per surfer are fewer, local surfers are dropped in. When surf rage hits the water, the worst can happen. Every surfer has seen or watch a surf fight. As with everything in (wild)life, usually the strongest wins.
Sometimes, disrespect for the surfing rules and priorities ignite these endless beach and water fights. In other situations, some surfers are simply looking for a few punches after a terrible day in the office.
In Australia, surfers have been told to follow an official code of conduct, in order to avoid the surf rage scenes. The surf etiquette was posted in New South Wales beaches. The idea is to protect the less experienced, but also the ones who are looking for trouble.
Yes, sometimes there aren't simply enough waves for everyone. Yes, sometimes others make mistakes. First of all, we all need to talk more. Surfing is not a violent sport. The world enjoys our relaxed and laid back lifestyle, so why burn it with slaps?
Avoiding stitches in the head, bites, broken teeth and smacked faces is easy. After these waves, another one will come even better. Over the internet, there are many examples of surf rage, surf fight and miscalculated drop ins.
Respect the locals, the surf rules and priorities. Greet a visiting surfer because, one day, you will be surfing in his beach, too.
Watch the worst surf rage fights ever. The last video, featuring iconic pro bodyboarder Paul Roach, ends as all should end. Peace.