When the big swell is rolling in, it often brings in the crowds here in Southern California. This makes it more difficult to get waves, but that doesn't mean surfers should steer clear. Even those with less experience can still ride the waves, but only if the waves are within their skill level. The thing about crowded line ups is that there are more people going for each wave and fewer waves for each individual. There's a higher chance of being snaked or snaking someone else. For this reason, it's good to be more passive when surfing a crowded spot. If you must surf a crowded break, here are some tips to help you get more waves.
In a heavily populated line up, it is important to be aware of the other surfers around you to ensure safety. When paddling out, try to stay as far away from other surfers as possible, as their boards may fly backwards and cause collisions. When deciding who has the right of way on a wave, it is generally the surfer who has the potential to get the longest ride that should go first. This is particularly important on larger waves, as collisions can be dangerous. It is also important to be constantly aware of your surroundings in the line up, as they can change quickly. If it is your first time surfing in a crowded area, it is best to watch experienced surfers get waves first before attempting to get your own.
Now that you comprehend priority, you'll find yourself being passed up on waves more often. This may be discouraging when you see other surfers experiencing sweet rides and you don't get any. To be successful in catching waves, you need to know the spot and be in the correct spot at the correct time. Knowing the spot will give you the best chance of getting the wave since you can be the first one to the peak. Consulting the forecast will also give you important data such as swell interval and height. Taking a few moments to prepare before entering the water is critical. Furthermore, you should also be moving around in the lineup rather than staying in one place. People that have the most amount of waves are not stationary for long. If you are aware of your surroundings and proactive, you will get a lot more waves in the long run.
If you find yourself unable to get waves with the advice given, you might have to think about changing your equipment. The boards from SBBC are sure to aid you in getting more waves, regardless of the amount of people present. We look forward to seeing you out in the water.
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