Once you progress from the white water to riding unbroken green faces, you will most likely be entering a lineup with more experienced surfers who will be wanting to ride the same waves as you.
THe surfer closest to the peak has right of way.
Always check your 'inside' before committing to riding a wave, then again when you are paddling into the ride. Your inside is the opposite direction to the way in which you plan on riding the wave.
If you do accidentally drop in on another surfer, FALLING IN FRONT OF THEM OR JUMPING OFF THE BACK OF THE WAVE WITHOUT YOUR BOARD CAN BE EXTREMELY DANGEROUS.
IF YOU HAVE DROPPED IN, IT IS CRITICAL THAT YOU AND YOUR BOARD SAFELY EXIT THE WAVE TOGETHER.
DELIBERATE SNaking can be viewed as equally offensive as dropping in.
a 'snake' occurs when a surfer has waited their turn, established their position closest to the peak, only to have that 'inside' position stolen (snaked) by another surfer.
IN THE EXAMPLE Below, the Surfer with The Yellow Board is on the INSIDE; With Right of Way for the approaching right hand breaking wave. HE THEN HAS his Inside position SNAKED, With The Offender (Highlighted in the red circle) stealing right of way for the ride.
the victim of the snaking may often drop in on the snake, leading to potential confrontation and tension in the lineup.
as a SURFER progresses from beginner to intermediate, they may often unknowingly snake other surfers in the lineup.
if you are on the larger surf craft in the lineup, EG. SUP or Mal, be conscious not to abuse your superior paddle power to snake the crowd and take the position closest to the peak.
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