SUP Etiquette in the line-up

So summer is indisputably here. We have a had a fair run of decent surf almost every other morning. As we get into August, there will be more and more people in the water vying for a limited number of waves. Almost every time I go out I meet someone who has just started SUP. In a few years, half the surfers at Higgins will be on SUPs.

But at the moment, most surfers at Higgins are riding surfboards. People on SUPs have a huge advantage over prone surfers. We can patrol a very wide stretch of coast, intercepting peaks that we see long before anyone else. We can get on the wave much earlier, thanks to our paddle and longer boards. We can catch the 1st wave of a good set, and paddle back out in time to catch the last wave of the same set.

What all this means is that we need to be particularly sensitive to how we behave in the line-up. If I catch a killer set-wave, I try and let the next one go. Watch a good wave go by. If no one makes the drop, maybe you feel ok about claiming the next big one. But if there are guys who can ride that wave and are waiting their turn, think about moving off to a different peak. Play around in the shorebreak. Basically give the prone surfers a little break from the stress of watching SUPs hovering over them. Spread the love a little.

My position is that shortboards and longboards have priority, but if they exercise that priority and miss the wave, they lose priority. That seems pretty fair. When it gets crowded, move off the prime real estate. There are acres and acres and acres all around.

Surf Report

updated 12/13/2017 6:04pm

3.9 ft @ 5 sec from W

W (Cross Shore) @ 25 mph


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