Alcohol:

Surfing under the influence is not a good idea. Save the drinking for the after-surf bragging session at
your local where you can tell everyone just how many barrels you got earlier.

Be Aware:

Be aware of other surfers and water users, of the surf conditions, and of where you are surfing.

Comfort Zone:

You should ride waves that you are comfortable with. Don't get in over your head.

Fitness:

Make sure you are physically fit when surfing. You need to be able to swim back to shore if you lose
your board at the end of an exhausting session - no mean feat in a 3 meter swell.

Fun:

Surfing is all about having fun; keep it in mind when you are out in the waves.

Hold or Throw:

Know when to hold on to your surfboard and when to get rid of it. If you are paddling out, then keep
hold of your board. You'll get back to the line up more quickly, and you'll not put anyone paddling out
behind you at risk. If you are about to wipe out, get rid of your board. You are far more likely to sustain
an injury if you and your board are getting washed around together.

Priority:

Always make sure that you are not taking anyone else's wave. Remember that the surfer who is closest
to the breaking wave has priority. If you see someone already on a wave, then the wave is considered
to be taken, and you'll have to wait for the next one.

Practice:

If you want to improve then you need to be in the water surfing as regularly as possible. No one gets
better at anything by staying home and watching T.V.

Respect:

Respect the locals if you are visiting a beach. Remember that you are a guest and that waves should
be shared.

Rips:

If you are caught in a rip, remember that it's called R.I.P. for a reason. You may not make it back to
dry land ever again if you get caught in one. Hopefully you already know that a rip is a strong current
that (normally) goes straight out to sea and, if caught in one, you should not panic but instead paddle
across the rip (not against it) until you have escaped.

Fact sheet about Rips - PDF download link
Sun Block:

Always wear a good waterproof sunblock. You'll know how important it is if you have been out for a few
hours surfing in the sun without it. Also, if you are not wearing a wetsuit, it is a good idea to wear a
UV-proof long sleeve rash vest for body protection.

Surf Buddy:

Always go surf with at least one other person. Not only will you have more fun if you are sharing your waves,
but you'll always have someone to help you out if you need it

Surf Conditions:

Make sure that the surf is safe before you go in. If you are going surfing at a spot you are unfamiliar with
it, is a good idea to get some advice from a local. Check out the surf-spot while warming up.

Warm-up:

Always have a quick warm-up and stretch before entering the surf. This will reduce the risk of muscle injury
or cramp while you're surfing. It also gives you time to check for any rips or where the best spot to catch
waves is.

Click here: To see an example of how you can warm up before going surfing.