Surf etiquette: the top 10 rules of surfing

If you want to become a surfer, you must learn the rules of the sport. The so-called surf etiquette is a list of dos and don'ts that you should keep in mind while in the water.

When surfers don't follow the basic commandments of surfing, accidents, injuries, and misunderstandings happen. Remember that there are priority rules in the waves and that a surfboard's nose can kill.

Surf etiquette is a set of guidelines for beginners, intermediate and advanced surfers. It applies to all line-ups of the world. Respect others and enjoy surfing.

1. Right of Way: A fundamental rule in surfing - the surfer closest to the peak always gets priority;

2. Don't Drop In: You are ruining a wave for someone else like you, who also enjoys surfing. Don't do to others what you wouldn't want done to yourself. Relax, take a deep breath, and wait for your turn;

3. Don't Snake: Select the best position in the line-up, and do not paddle around other surfers always wanting to catch all waves. Be patient. There are waves for everyone;

4. Don't Get in the Way: Paddle wide, not through the peak, and stay in the water if you got caught inside and a surfer is enjoying his surf line;

5. The Furthest Out Gets Priority: Although some longboarders may not use this rule wisely - they should leave some waves to shortboarders - in theory, they hold priority. Sense and sensibility tells us to avoid calling priority in all waves;

6. Do Not Throw Your Board: If you kick out or fall, try to control your stick. Surfboards can actually kill someone if they hit critical regions of the human body;

7. Communicate What Will You Do: In case two surfers are sitting in the middle of the peak, and the wave opens to both sides, they should tell each other whether they're going right or left;

8. Do Not Dive Head First: Whether you're surfing over reef or sand, do know that the ocean floor can severely hurt your body. Try to use your surfboard to protect the impact and protect your head with your arms whenever you fall off the board or wipe out;

9. Respect the Beach and the Ocean: Never leave garbage in the sand or water and try to give back to Mother Nature all the hours of pleasure and joy you had;

10. Give Respect to Gain Respect: Interact with other surfers in a civilized way, even if a minority is still learning good manners;