HOW TO: WITH GRACE

HOW TO GET A WAVE IN THE CROWDS

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Grace Spiers grew up in the small beach town of Whanga­mata, NZ and has spent many years trav­el­ling the world surf­ing and coach­ing. She now re­sides in Mt Maun­ganui and is spon­sored by Bil­l­abong, Kus­tom, Von Zip­per and Palmers.

The sum­mer sea­son is rolling in faster than ever, bring­ing peo­ple to the beach to soak up the sum­mer rays and en­joy the warmer wa­ter, this also means more crowds in the surf and a con­gested line up in the ma­jor­ity of the good surf breaks. You might find your­self get­ting frus­trated be­cause it seems there are fewer waves to be had or it’s just a bit dodgy with all the peo­ple out there. How­ever you can still get plenty of waves and share the line- up safely.

Surf ad­e­quate

If you know the surf “rules” then you won’t have a prob­lem get­ting your share of waves. Ev­ery surfer learns the rules as they learn to surf and then it just be­comes se­cond na­ture. It all comes down to the idea of tak­ing turns and com­mon re­spect for one and other. When you’re in the line- up it works like a ro­ta­tion. The surfer who has been wait­ing there the long­est and is on the in­side gets the first pick of the waves and the per­son next to them gets the next one. So it works like a con­veyor belt, once you have had your wave you’ll pad­dle back out and get in line again.

Con­fi­dence

We all know the male to fe­male ra­tio in the surf is usu­ally pretty off and it can get a bit hard to get a wave off the guys. I find if you’re con­fi­dent with your abil­ity and where you are sit­ting in the line- up then you’ll be get­ting your fair share of waves with no prob­lem. Be con­fi­dent with your po­si­tion­ing and don’t be afraid to get in there with the boys. They will re­spect you more for get­ting amongst it! If you re­spect your fel­low surfers and stick to the com­mon do’s and don’ts of surf­ing then your sum­mer surfs will be has­sle free and full of waves. Be con­fi­dent, have fun and go get your share of waves be­cause there is plenty to be had you’ve just got to get out there. En­joy the sum­mer and have a great Christ­mas hol­i­day I’ll see you in the surf!

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