So here’s the run down, everyone is a kook at some point in their life. It’s the natural progression of learning to surf. Therefore, we have compiled a list of helpful tips that will help you transition from a dangerous beginner surfer to a more knowledgable beginner surfer, quicker!
Steps to avoid being a kook out in the lineup:
Know the rules of the lineup! This will keep you safe, others safe, and overall avoid confrontation.
Use the appropriate equipment for your skill level and the conditions.
Don’t just show up at a random beach. Do your research. Find a sand entry spot in your area that is safe for beginners with a nice small break.
4. Wave Selection
Watch how the waves are breaking at the particular spot you are at. If the waves are breaking slowly and peeling from the right, angle your board ever so slightly and take off to the right. Vice versa, if the wave is breaking to the left, angle your board ever so slightly to the left and take off.
*If the waves are breaking quickly, with no shoulder (closing out), you can try to catch whitewash, but make sure you are safely on the inside to avoid getting slammed. Additionally, it is important to note that a fast breaking wave might not be suitable for beginners.
Be aware of your surroundings. Your board is now an extension of yourself (with an extra 6 ft including a leash), so keep an eye out for others in the lineup.
If you have any other tips, be sure to leave a comment! An informed lineup is a happy lineup.