HOW TO: WITH GRACE
HOW TO GET A WAVE IN THE CROWDS
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.
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.
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!