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    Oct 2009

    Right of way! (paddling out)

    surf etiquette....i dont know actually....If I am paddling out and a surfer is riding a wave, i should do all that i can to get out of his way but shouldnt he turn, cutback, drop the wave to avoid me? (seeing as he has the mobility at the moment) like i see a guy paddling out in my line i bail i turn i drop the wave, i do all that i can not to get near him unless im in control.....
    So I am a nice guy to a point.....with that said: tony with the yellow short board i think you need to learn how to turn..... damn didnt anyone get out the last two days? going this am soon....
    Last edited by johnnytoobad; Aug 25, 2010 at 11:09 AM.

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    Looking for some additional tips on avoiding others when paddling out. I know not to head out where others come in, and I know to paddle into the breaking wave to give priority to someone coming in, but sometimes that still doesn't seem enough. Like recently, I had caught a wave partway in on a beach break. After, I turned to head out beyond the break again. Since I was already partway out, I had no choice to pick a different way out which would avoid others, I was already out there. I saw someone coming in on a wave, and a paddled into the breaking wave and duck dove to avoid him. Came up from the duck dive and saw yet another guy making the drop. I couldn't really go either way, he was way too close to go either side. Plus, since I didn't know for sure if he'd make the drop, picking the wrong way to go would lead to a real fast collision. So, what do you do there? How do you avoid that situation and how to deal when you get stuck in it?

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    surf etiquette

    Dudes, I feel your pain. As the line ups become more crowded, issues like that you both spoke of become more prevalent. Sometimes you encounter unavoidable conflict in crowded lineups, sometimes from your own mistakes and sometimes because of inconsiderate surfers. My only words of wisdom, which are probably obvious, find your own surf spot where others do not flock to, and don't tell anyone about it. Living in Jacksonville, there is a huge surfing population, and like all other populations, there are a few nice folks, and a lot of angry souls. I have a couple of nooks I hit up, but don't share the location with anyone. You may have to sacrafice and ride a lesser quality break, but there is something serene about solitude.