Surfing is about fun and about joy. It is about the feel of being in the ocean and riding nature’s own power. Of course the problem with all that is that sometimes humans get in the way.
Here is a list of surfing’s seven deadly sins, the perpetrators of any of these deserve to go straight to hell. (For fuller guidance on what’s acceptable and what’s not, check out our basic guide to surfing etiquette and our article explaining more surfing ‘rules’).
1) The Drop-In
Dropping in on another surfer still remains the sport’s ultimate cardinal sin. When a surfers drops in (or takes off) on another surfer who is already riding the wave, he or she is effectively is trying to dismantle the very essence of surfing.
“If drop-ins were acceptable, there would be anarchy.”
The lineup would degenerate into a chaotic, dangerous mess of injury, insult and multiplicity with absolutely no winners.
You see waves can really only be enjoyed by one person, that’s why the drop in rule exists.
Sure there are a few exceptions, like when the surf is either below 2 feet, or above 20 feet, but 99 per cent of the time any drop in is the lowest, dirtiest act in surfing.