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

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    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!!
    just don't surf at low tide

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    watch for bubbles. you'll know something big is close to the surface

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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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    yeah, scale it back a notch or two, listen to the locals, watch for boils, bubbles, strange areas of turbulent water, don't take off late, and don't ever think you are "safe" because the second you let that guard down you eat will eat it.

    I took a wave left a marias and ended up pretty far inside. I thought I was in the channel so I just kicked out the back. Well, I wasn't, and I fell into a nice shallow pool of urchins. Spent the next few hours deciding whether or not to go to the hospital. I didn't, and I lived, but F**k!

    Get comfie on a reef and you will own the beechies.

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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!!
    Excellent advice on here. The board under your feet is going to make a transition. Kinda like driving a pickup truck with no power steering down the highway to driving a performance sports car at the same speed (if it's glassy you're in for a treat). Smoother ride and more responsiveness in the little tweeks of the steering wheel. From a slightly different perspective you want to be cautious but not to the point where you are going to let your adrenaline and a major case of the butterflies interfere with your better judgement. Expect more power and push when you first drop in but in a good way. Hope you score.