5. Re­spect da Lo­cals

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How do you make friends when you’re a pro­fes­sional blow in al­ways surf­ing new spots? “It comes down to a re­spect thing,” says Harry. “Grow­ing up in Noosa and spend­ing time on the Gold Coast, those places are such tourist spots. A lot of peo­ple there don’t seem to have much knowl­edge about etiquette and re­spect. Surf­ing on the south coast and even in South Aus­tralia and WA the com­mu­ni­ties are tight knit, ev­ery­one knows each other so there’s more re­spect in the wa­ter. It feels like ev­ery­one’s got ev­ery­one’s back and that they’re look­ing out for each other. Es­pe­cially when the waves are big it can feel like a big happy fam­ily. I’d love to see surfers have a bit more etiquette in the wa­ter, es­pe­cially if you’re a trav­eller or you’re surf­ing a new spot. Say g’day, be friendly and re­spect­ful of the lo­cal surfers that’s what I’ve learned.”

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