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    Surfing a reef break

    Im going to be surfing my first reef break in a week and Im sort of sketched out, any tips or information would be great! thanks!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by delsurf4 View Post
    Im going to be surfing my first reef break in a week and Im sort of sketched out, any tips or information would be great! thanks!!
    I'm looking at the same thing come October when i head down to Rincon PR for the 1st time. I've mostly surfed beach breaks in FL for the last 15+ years, but I have had a few experiences with rocky / sketcy bottoms. I too could use some pointers...

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    1)Don't dive in head first
    2)Try not to hit the reef
    3)Have a first aid kit on hand

    But, it really depends on what reef you are surfing. Where is it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Erock View Post
    1)Don't dive in head first
    2)Try not to hit the reef
    3)Have a first aid kit on hand

    But, it really depends on what reef you are surfing. Where is it?
    Those all seem like common sense, I'll most likely being hitting up Maria's and Domes. I've heard they are some of the more forgiving spots, but that's all relative i'm sure. Sandy Beach is also nearby, which i've heard is a combination of beach break and reef. I surf short / long boards, but also SUP, so i'm sure it all depends. Is most of the issues in the shore pound / shallow area? When I surf the SUP do you think this is as much an issue?

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    some places in pr are tricky. just watch for other surfers and see where they are going out and coming in at. some spots the keyhole is only one person wide and you need to try to hit it on the way back in so you dont get urchined and cut up. a lot of places on the nw side of pr will have a north to south current on a big swell. so you may need to paddle up the point so you dont miss the keyhole on the way back in with the current. the keyholes are just sandy spots at the beach that lead into a part of the reef that isn't too deep to paddle over. its not anything crazy tricky and should be pretty obvious. at worst you will knock off a fin.

    fall flat and dont put your feet down when your retrieving your board. you probably wont hit the reef though. no knuckle smashing or anything like that. watch out for the pistons in rincon and don't think you can climb up over that reef if your paddling in. find the sandy spot. other than that enjoy the waves, don't take off on any waves the locals are eyeing and if the locals start eyeing you, best get out of the water or paddle down to another peak.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DawnPatrolSUP View Post
    Those all seem like common sense, I'll most likely being hitting up Maria's and Domes. I've heard they are some of the more forgiving spots
    Domes isnt a reef break....mostly sand bottom as i recall. There are "hazards" at Domes but of the human variety and mostly on weekends.

    Maria's is reefy and the shallower parts are easy to spot. Get a long right and you end up kicking out right near some pistons from an old motor sticking up out of the water at low tide, and barely submerge at high. Definately watch out for that!

    Be careful paddling out...its pretty easy to duck dive some inside slop and crack the nose of your board on a coral head or rock sticking up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DawnPatrolSUP View Post
    Those all seem like common sense, I'll most likely being hitting up Maria's and Domes. I've heard they are some of the more forgiving spots, but that's all relative i'm sure. Sandy Beach is also nearby, which i've heard is a combination of beach break and reef. I surf short / long boards, but also SUP, so i'm sure it all depends. Is most of the issues in the shore pound / shallow area? When I surf the SUP do you think this is as much an issue?
    Common sense is often under-rated. Just use it and you will be fine most of the time. Avoiding the urchins is usually the most problematic, thus the first aid kit.

    For the record, I have never hit the reef at Soup Bowls or Duppies and have surfed both in a variety of swells up to 9' and have eaten **** on many occasions. The only place I have truly planted on the reef in the 'Dos is at South Point on one of those freak right wedges.

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    domes reef is super mellow, i got slammed onto it once and it was fairly flat

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    Quote Originally Posted by jay cagney View Post


    domes reef is super mellow, i got slammed onto it once and it was fairly flat
    Solid view right there, doesn't seem all that bad

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    Don't trash your knuckles when duck diving on the way out.