This is a very brief summary of ‘the rules’ but they make the surf a safer and happier place for everyone. Take the time to look up surfing etiquette before taking to the sea, it will save you getting shouted at or worse, hit by a surfboard or person.
1. If in doubt, don’t paddle out – If it looks too big and scary it probably is!
2. Keep control of your surfboard – ditching your board means it will fly around, hitting anything within about 9ft of you. It also increases the risk of snapping your leash, leaving you swimming not surfing!
3. Priority – The surfer closest to the peak of the wave has priority. Also, just because the white-water catches up to a surfer riding a wave doesn’t give you permission to take off down the line. Many talented surfers can outrun the section and get back to the face of the wave
4. Don’t drop in – if a surfer’s up and riding a wave, don’t paddle down the wave in front of them. Not only is it dangerous for both surfers, chances are it wont end well for anyone nearby as well. There’s always another wave, let it go.
5. Beginners – don’t paddle out into a packed line-up / peak. Chances are you will end up being in the way, getting hurt or damaging yourself or someone else. Find a quieter spot, or at least move along the beach away from the crowds. If you have space and therefore less pressure, you are more likely to improve or at least have fun.
BE SAFE, THE OCEAN IS A FUN PLACE, BUT CAN CHANGE IN AN INSTANT.
Surfing is not a couch potato sport—it’s very demanding and takes place in an ever-changing, often unpredictable environment. Know your limits, ask for help or direction and don’t put yourself or others in danger by making rash decisions.
Every time you surf! Wax is the only thing keeping your feet on the board! Use the correct temperature for the water you are surfing, the idea is that the wax melts slightly to give you grip.
A wax comb can be used to get your existing wax scuffed up to get a session out of it, but you should always carry wax. Apply the wax in small circles to build up lots of bumps.
If your going on a surf trip to a foreign country, don’t forget to take your UK temperature wax off and take fresh wax with you, otherwise you will find a right mess in your boardbag once it’s sat on a hot runway in tropical temperatures!
Maintain your equipment – Keep your board stored safely, fix any damage or dings as soon as possible to keep water out, check your leash is in good condition before heading out. Buy the best wetsuit as you can afford, the comfier you are the longer you can surf for!
Hiring boards is great if you want to work out whether you even like surfing or are trying to work out what size board you need. Foam boards are safer to start out on and are more resilient to knocks and bangs.
However, owning your own board means you can surf whenever and wherever you want. It will improve your surfing heaps as you will be using the same size board every time.
As soon as you can paddle, stand up and ride the white-water to shore, really it’s time to start thinking about looking for a board of your own.
Most surfers start out on a minimal or mid-length, around 7 to 8ft long, which is floaty enough to catch waves but manoeuvrable for learning turns and control. Unless you are very gifted, going straight out and buying a 5’10 shortboard is likely going to be a frustrating waste of money! Ask for advice, read up on our Boards Explained page and buy a big enough starter board!
Take the time to check the surf before you go in, this applies when on the water and on the beach. Look out for rips, rocks and anything in between before paddling out. Look at how and where the waves break, usually there will be a bunch of surfers sitting on the ‘peak’ where the waves form. Catching a wave here usually gives you the longest ride but you might be in for a bit of a wait! Sitting on the ‘shoulder’ (still on the wave but to the side of the main peak) might give you more opportunities to catch more waves.
One of the hardest parts of surfing for beginners is to get the timing right for when to paddle. Starting too late means the wave will pass under your board, too early might mean you are under the wave when it breaks! Take the time to watch more experienced surfers, see where they are when they start paddling. Struggling? Ask someone! Most surfers will respect you more for asking than if you just struggle and get in the way. There’s always another wave – take your time and wait for the right one.
All of our boards are made in Cornwall from locally sourced materials. We care about our planet so use environmentally responsible materials wherever available.
The hands of real people do every stage of our board construction; we take absolute pride in the quality of our work. We make surfboards because we love surfing and get a kick out of helping other people enjoy riding waves too!