Don’t be “That Guy”

imageCape Town has certainly seen a surf population explosion. It is rad to have so many newcomers to the line up but with that comes a new surf hazard…the kook!

We all know “that guy”, the one flailing around the mid break perfectly positioned to get in your way. I have encountered him in just about every session this month! “That Guy” is the one who refuses to receive basic instruction or go for a bit of 101 surf coaching because he thinks “Hay how hard could this thing called surfing be right”?
He has not begun to understand surf etiquette and is seriously dousing the stoke factor in the line up.
Dude…here are some basics to remember next time you paddle out!
1. Honor the line up, you are not the only one out there. There is a hierarchy, a basic pecking order. On occasion a wave may fall in your lap but always remember there is a rotation at the main peak so check your place in the que.
2. Don’t ditch your board and always wear a leash!
3. Always check the right of way. The surfer closest to the peak gets priority. One person per wave direction. If someone is already riding the wave towards you, don’t paddle for it and don’t drop in!
4. Own your mistakes. If you made one, admit it and apologize. Remember “I’m sorry” means you won’t do it again.
5. Always be decisive. Hesitation in the surf is the cause of most mistakes. Be deliberate in your actions and those more experienced will read and respond to your reactions quickly.
7. When paddling into the line up, don’t paddle through the main peak, use the channel and stay away from the surfer riding the wave.

We are all in the line up with the same goal, to have fun, leave our troubles at the shore line and do something that gives us great joy. So next time you paddle out, don’t be “That Guy”.


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Roxy Davis is proudly 'Capetonian', having grown up in Kommetjie, Cape Town. Roxy has won multiple South African Surfing titles. She is a professional surf coach, business owner, wife and mother with a real zest for life and adventure!

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