You’ve read ‘Basic Surf Etiquette’, presumably, a guide to surf etiquette tailored to the needs of beginner surfers. But there are more surf etiquette rules you need to be aware of and to abide by, particularly as you progress beyond the white water and take your place in the line-up.
“Snaking” is paddling around other surfers and towards the peak, thereby jumping the queue and stealing priority. It is in most cases the moral equivalent to dropping-in, but is sneakier and less flagrant. You will still go to hell, Lucifer being the original snake.
Don’t be a wave hog
Take turns. And if you ride a longer board or SUP, which enables you to catch waves much earlier than shortboarders can, and to navigate the line-up much faster, don’t abuse this power. If you’ve just paddled out at a spot and there are other surfers already in the line-up, consider yourself back of the queue.