A few weekends ago I was paddling for a wave which was a right. I caught the wave and as I was getting to my feet noticed that another surfer to my left was paddling for it also. I didn't see at first if he made the wave or not since I was already going down the line. A few seconds later I heard him call me off the wave from behind, so I exited the wave. I have heard that priority goes to the person closest to the curl or first to their feet. Normally they are the same thing, but which one is it when it isn't? I'm guessing closest to the curl, but wanted to hear your opinions. I have been on the other side of the situation when I could have caught the wave behind someone, especially SUPers and longboarders who can catch the wave a lot earlier than someone on a shortboard, but I have never took off in those situations.