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Surf etiquette

The great surf breaks on the Gold Coast coupled with the region’s favourable climate  represent some of the best and most easily accessible breaks in the world.

Surf breaks in the city attract a high number of local and visiting surfers and swimmers with varying skill levels who are not familiar with surf etiquette.

Surf etiquette is about following some simple time honoured traditions that surfers all around the world have been following for generations.

  • Learn who has the right of way on the wave.
  • Don’t drop In by cutting in front of other surfers who are up and riding.
  • Don’t snake by paddling round someone to get into the inside position on a wave.
  • Share the waves around.
  • Do apologise if you make a mistake.
  • Learn the right way to paddling out so you don’t get in the way of other surfers.
  • Try to pick a surf break in your ability range.


For more information on surf etiquette, visit the City of Gold Coast website.