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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Thread: Surfing a reef break
Mar 30, 2012, 08:06 PM #1
Surfing a reef break
Mar 30, 2012, 08:13 PM #2
Mar 30, 2012, 08:57 PM #3
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?
Mar 30, 2012, 09:25 PM #4
Mar 30, 2012, 09:46 PM #5Junior Member
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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.
Mar 31, 2012, 12:07 AM #6
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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.
Mar 31, 2012, 12:41 AM #7
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.
domes reef is super mellow, i got slammed onto it once and it was fairly flat
Apr 2, 2012, 05:37 PM #9
Mar 30, 2012, 09:14 PM #10
Don't trash your knuckles when duck diving on the way out.