(to make the surf, and hence the world, a lovelier place)
1. Thou shalt not drop in
It's been given cooler sounding names in recent years, but a drop in is
still a drop in. In small crowded conditions, it creates aggro and disharmony...in
bigger critical waves it's just downright bloody dangerous. Remember, the
guy on your inside, the one closest to the peak and level with or futher
out to sea than you, has right of way.
2. Thou shalt not snake
Many of us have found it hard not to give into the temptation of spinning
around late and taking off on the inside section of an already ridden
wave. Indeed, with your mates it can be a laugh... but making snaking
the norm sucks. It's doubly bad when you try and call the surfer you've snaked off
3. Thou shalt not shirk on the petrol money
You know the character who always slaps his pockets at the appropriate
moment, and looks helpless as the request to contribute is made. Petrol
money scabs won't go to hell... they'll just get left at home.
4. Thou shalt paddle around the break
Having great waves spoilt by inconsiderate pests who repeatedly paddle
right through the path of the breaking wave is most frustrating. It's
not that hard... make an effort to get out of the way and things will
be much better for everyone.
5. Thou shalt not paddle out where thy can't swim in
This also could be rephrased "know your limitations". We all get caught
from time to time by rising swell or unexpected changes in conditions
for the worse... but we should not put ourselves into situations that
will endanger others who end up having to save our sorry arses.
6. Thou shalt clean up thy crap
Daly heads used to be an awsome place to camp, but thanks to grotty kooks
it's closed... maybe forever. The rule here is simple... leave the area
AT LEAST as you found it.
7. Thou shalt respect local custom
Yes, locals can be a problem... but more often than not they are reacting
to frequent invasions by inconsiderate and or aggressive transient surfers.
It's not so hard... it begins with "g'day".
8. Thou shalt not fling thy board
This problem has become significantly worse in recent years with the resurgence
in popularity of longboards. A spiky nosed shortboard might take your
eye out, but a 15kg 9'6" projectile travelling at speed will knock your
bloody head off. No matter what you ride, don't fling it. Be aware of
people near you, and if you have to do a panic bail under a set, grab
your leash close to the plug and turn your board at right angles to the beach.
Even better... learn to duckdive properly.
9. Thou shalt not surf for the image
With corporate dollars being hurled at our "sport" in recent years, we
should all pause and remember why we got into surfing. If it's because
you reckon you look hot in a rashie, maybe you're better off auditioning
for Home and Away.
10. Thou shalt help others in trouble
Just as you'd like to think someone would be around to save your skin
in a life threatening situation, be prepared to do the same. A good start
is to learn first aid... the more crew in the water that know it, the
safer it'll be for everyone.