Hawaii Reef Etiquette and Surfing Rules

by admin on February 10, 2010

With the Mid-West and Middle Atlantic states getting slammed with 2 blizzards in 2 weeks, I felt it the right time to post about surfing and reef etiquette should you poor snowbound readers ever escape to more tropical climes.

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Claddagh Lass February 10, 2010 at 2:39 pm

No snow where I’m at but lots and lots of rain.

Both videos contained good advice. I don’t know a thing about surfing but it sounded like they’ve got good rules set up.

It was interesting watching the video about the fish.


L.A. Lady February 12, 2010 at 2:19 pm

It’s great to see a surfing etiquette video on this site. All of the rules they talk about are basic general rules that apply almost everywhere. There are a few regional etiquette rules that also need to be followed, but those can be very specific and only apply to local areas. I’ve wanted to post something on surfing etiquette on the forum for a while, but I don’t think there are that many surfers on the board. Pun intended!


Cady March 18, 2010 at 5:24 pm

As a SCUBA diver, you get to see a lot of examples of bad reef etiquette. I’ve been on a dive with a guy who thought it was funny to bang into the coral heads repeatedly (like swim toward them and smash into them with his head and/or gear), which kills the coral, and I also went on a dive with a somewhat well-known underwater photographer who’d just plonk down on top of whatever was in front of what he wanted to take a picture of. The reef ecosystem is very delicate, and you can’t just go around bonking into things (even aside from the fact that a lot of the things you can bonk into can really hurt you). My dad and many of our group of divers are amateur underwater photographers, and they are always very careful not to harm the reef when taking shots. And even though it’s harder to get a good angle when you have to actually control yourself instead of just kneeling on coral heads, they have all produced amazing and beautiful photos.


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