This page outlines the basic RULES and REGULATIONS of this beloved Sport/Lifestyle of ours. And it is done in typical blunt Ralph fashion. In other words, I WILL NOT MINCE WORDS with you people. This is serious business. For you see my friends, I also offer some time saving, and kook calling time for you, by having a TIP section. It's FUN and informative and it just might save your butt. I might even post a few graphics and photos in the future. You know, for those of you who can't read this universal language we like to call English.
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RULES:

1. DON'T DROP IN ON ANYONE.

TIPS:


1. IF YOU ARE UNSURE OF YOUR ABILITY, OR, IF YOU'RE A BEGINNER, PLEASE DON'T PADDLE OUT INTO BIG SURF.
2. DON'T PADDLE OUT INTO THE ONCOMING PATH OF A SURFER WHO IS UP AND RIDING. HEAD FOR THE WHITE WATER AND TAKE IT ON THE HEAD. IF YOU DON'T KNOW HOW TO DUCK DIVE-LEARN. 2. MAKE SURE YOU KNOW HOW TO SWIM.
3. DON'T DROP IN ON ANYONE. 3. TRY SHARING. YOU KNOW, GIVE A WAVE-GET A WAVE. YOU'D BE SURPRISED HOW THIS WORKS.
4 . THE SURFER CLOSEST TO THE BREAKING PART OF THE WAVE HAS POSSESION. OR THE SURFER WHO CAUGHT THE WAVE FIRST HAS POSESSION. *UNLESS THAT PERSON HAS A LONGBOARD AND IS BEING A DICK ABOUT WAVE COUNT. IN THIS CASE SIMPLY ASK..."WOULD YOU MIND IF I WENT ON THIS WAVE?" 4. DON'T TRAVEL WITH A READY MADE CROWD. IN OTHER WORDS, LIMIT YOUR SURF TRIPS WITH ONE OR TWO OTHERS. DON'T SHOW UP AT SOME SEMI SECRET SPOT WITH A DOZEN GUYS.
5. DON'T DROP IN ON ANYONE. 5. BE PATIENT. NO ONE LIKES AN AGGRO SURFER WHO CAN'T SEEM TO GET ENOUGH WAVES. CHILL.
6. CONTROL YOUR CRAFT. I DON'T CARE WHAT IT IS YOU RIDE. CONTROL IT. BODYBOARD, SHORTBOARD, LONGBOARD, SUPB, KITE BOARD....RUBBER DUCK.
PLEASE, JUST CONTROL YOUR CRAFT.
6. DON'T BE LOUD. NO ONE LIKES TO HEAR PEOPLE RANDOMLY SCREAMING. BE COOL.
7. DON'T DROP IN ON ANYONE. 7. DON'T PUT YOUR LEASH ON UNTIL YOU GET NEAR THE WATER'S EDGE. WHY? BECAUSE THERE'S NO NEED TO BE DRAGGING SMALL CHILDREN, DOGS, BEACH CHAIRS ETC. ETC. AS YOU WALK A COUPLE HUNDRED YARDS WITH THAT THING ATTACHED TO YOUR ANKLE. I MEAN, WHY NOT JUST PUT THE DAMN THING ON IN YOUR VEHICLE? OR YOUR HOME? AND WHEN YOU'RE DONE SURFING. TAKE YOUR LEASH OFF WHEN YOU HIT THE BEACH. THE SAME REASON APPLIES.

8. WEAR A LEASH. UNLESS YOU ARE AN ACCOMPLISHED SURFER WHO NEVER LOSES YOUR BOARD, PLEASE WEAR A LEASH. 8. IF SOME LOCAL GUY YELLS AT YOU FOR DROPPING IN, SIMPLY SAY" I'M SORRY" AND THEN PADDLE AWAY. THERE'S NO NEED TO ESCALATE MATTERS. A SIMPLE APOLOGY WORKS WONDERS.
9. DON'T DROP IN ON ANYONE.
9.
DON'T HOOT YOURSELF. WHY WOULD YOU DO THAT? LET YOUR FRIENDS OR OTHER SURFERS HOOT YOUR RIDE. DON'T YOU BE HOOTING YOURSELF. BE HUMBLE.
10. NEVER DITCH YOUR BOARD. IF A SET WAVE IS ABOUT TO BREAK ON YOUR HEAD, AND THERE ARE SURFERS BEHIND YOU...HOLD ONTO YOUR BOARD. DUCK DIVE AND HOLD ON TIGHT. IF YOU DITCH YOUR BOARD, AND IT HITS SOMEONE. PADDLE IN. YOU'RE ALL DONE. 10. TO AVOID BEING ATTACKED BY A SHARK, ALWAYS SURF WITH SOMEONE WHO IS A SLIGHTLY SLOWER SWIMMER, OR PADDLER, THAN YOU.
11. DON'T DROP IN ON ANYONE. 11. YOU WILL FALL OFF YOUR BOARD. WE ALL DO. SO WHEN YOU DO, ALWAYS COME UP OUT OF THE WATER ,WITH YOUR HANDS OVER YOUR FACE AND HEAD. LOOSE BOARDS DON'T KNOW, OR CARE WHO YOU ARE, AND THEY WILL HURT YOU. PROTECT YOUR FACE AND HEAD.
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12. PICK UP ANY TRASH YOU SEE. WHETHER OR NOT IT'S YOURS IS INSIGNIFICANT. THE BEACH BELONGS TO ALL OF US. KEEP IT CLEAN.