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North Shore Oahu Surf School
North Shore Oahu Surf School

What Should You Know About Surf Etiquette on the North Shore?

The North Shore of Oahu is famous for its legendary surf breaks and gorgeous beaches. Whether you’re a seasoned pro or a first-time surfer, there’s no better place to catch waves. Speaking of, if you’re new to the sport and want to make the most out of your surfing experience, check out the North Shore Oahu Surf School run by the incredible Kala Grace. Now, let’s talk surf etiquette—because knowing the do’s and don’ts of the lineup is essential for everyone’s safety and enjoyment.

The first rule of surf etiquette is simple—respect the locals. The North Shore is home to some of the most talented surfers in the world, and it’s important to acknowledge that. If you’re a visitor, do your best to blend in rather than stand out. Observe how the locals interact with each other and follow their lead. This isn’t just about being polite; it’s about ensuring a harmonious and enjoyable environment for all.

Some key points to remember.

·        Right of Way: The surfer closest to the peak of the wave has the right of way. Don’t drop in on someone who is already riding a wave.

·        Don’t Snake: Snaking is when you paddle around someone to steal their wave. It’s a big no-no and will quickly earn you a bad reputation.

·        Communicate: If you’re paddling for the same wave as someone else, communicate your intentions. A simple “going left” or “going right” can prevent collisions.

·        Respect the Lineup: Wait your turn in the lineup. Cutting in front of others or paddling out directly to the peak is considered disrespectful.

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·        Help Others: If you see someone struggling, lend a hand. Whether it’s helping a beginner or assisting someone in trouble, kindness goes a long way.

Another essential aspect of surfing etiquette is taking care of the environment. The North Shore is a natural paradise, and it’s up to all of us to keep it that way. Always pick up your trash, avoid using single-use plastics, and respect the local wildlife. Remember, the ocean is a shared space, and our actions on land can have a significant impact on the water.

When you’re out in the lineup, be aware of your surroundings. Keep an eye on the waves, other surfers, and potential hazards. Surfing is all about being in tune with nature, but it’s also about being mindful of the people around you. If you accidentally drop in on someone or make a mistake, apologize. Good vibes are contagious, and a simple “sorry” can diffuse a lot of tension.

Lastly, practice makes perfect. The more time you spend in the water, the better your understanding of surf etiquette will become. Don’t be afraid to ask for advice or tips from more experienced surfers—they were beginners once, too. Most surfers are happy to share their knowledge and help you improve.

In summary

·        Respect the locals and their space.

·        Follow the basic rules of right of way, no snaking, and wait your turn.

·        Communicate clearly in the lineup.

·        Be environmentally conscious and pick up after yourself.

·        Stay aware and mindful of others in the water.

·        Apologize if you make a mistake.

Ready to take your surfing skills to the next level? Why not book a private surfing lesson with Kala Grace at the North Shore Oahu Surf School? With expert guidance and insider tips, you’ll be shredding the waves like a pro in no time. Contact Kala today to learn more about their private surf lessons and make your dream of surfing in Hawaii come true!


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