How to Surf for Girls : Surfing & Wave Etiquette

Hi, I’m Schell Michael. I’m here with Expert
Village and today we’re going to be doing a series on how to surf. So let’s discuss
some surfer etiquette. Just like we have etiquette in life, we have etiquette in the water. Respect
not only for the ocean but for other people and it’s something that I feel is really important
and if you can get this right off the bat, you’re going to be “in there”. You never want
to go in the water thinking like, “Oh I’m so good” or “Oh yeah, I just caught this wave”,
you never want to get too cocky out there because that’s when the ocean will give you
a slap in the face or possibly, somebody else could give you slap in the face. So, you just
want to be courteous when you go out there. A few of the things, key things you want to
remember is, you never want to jump in on someone’s wave and how you can tell that is
the surfer closest to the break, if they’re on it first and, say you’re like, you didn’t
see them and you look over and you’re like, “Oh my gosh, there they are” you want to just
pull off the wave as quick as you can, get out of there and let that person come through
because sometimes, there will be four or five people paddling for one wave and once they
realize, “Oh, this person has it” then those people will retreat. It’s never like, oh,
there’s only one person on a wave. So, if you ever get in that situation where you’ve
found yourself in front of somebody they’re probably not going to be mad at you as long
as you just kind of get off their wave as quick as possible. So, that’s one important
thing, is don’t snake somebody. Let’s see, what else out there…just keeping a positive
attitude. People are super friendly in the water, you know if you ever want to just talk,
“Hey, what’s up” or ask them how the surf is out here, how long have you been, you know.
Any kind of conversation is great. Not being too loud and cocky, I’d say would be the best
thing and just respecting people’s waves.

14 thoughts on “How to Surf for Girls : Surfing & Wave Etiquette”

  1. keeping the hawaiian spirit of surfing alive… friendly & a positive attitude. i've been surfing 6 years and i'm STILL learning & don't know how many guys in late 20's early 30's have given me positive encouragement on the water… "THERE'S NOTHING MORE HARDCORE IN A SURFER THAN BEING LOVING" we all were beginners once. the young ones need to put away the wave rage & have fun. a pro in malibu told me.. "if you're giving someone shit on the water, you're too insecure for surfing"

  2. If no one is showing respect and it is just chaos, you can join them or leave. So…. I mean no, but you gotta get waves too, so yes, in that case. But be careful, surfers are nuts and they like to ram each other, especially those longboarders on the far outside catching ocean bumps and expecting everyone to yield to them and catch their scraps. Fuck em

  3. I am from New York and there is a group of us who surf all winter long. Nothing a nice 5:4:3 wetsuit with a hood, 7mm Boots and 5mm gloves can't remedy. If you really like to surf you won't let some snow keep you out.

  4. yea i learned how to surf out on beach L beach K the jettys and ditch planes. i remember many a day trying to get those 5 mill. suites off after surfing all day and it was next to impossible lol. we would just wait till the blood came back to the hands and feet inside the cab of my truck. key is having a way to start the truck when you got out , its pretty damn hard when you have gloves and bootys on .

  5. I broke my teeth on a guy's board that took my wave. That guy was gettin cut off the rest of the day 🙂

    It's nice to see other surfers stand up for you. Keep the community happy, be polite 😀

  6. I think I've seen a couple of you out in the dead of winter… Are you in Rockaway? I use to bodyboard as a teen out their and I really want to get back into it. Summers almost over though. bummer

  7. @outofthefire00 I feel pretty confident that the scar is from her getting her appendix out at some point.

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