How To: Avoid being a Kook while surfing

Avoid being a Kook while surfing

Basically, a "Kook" is the type of surfer everyone hates. Kooks put themselves and others in danger by their actions in the water. In this video, learn the rules of the ocean and avoid everyone staying far away from you at the beach.
You Will Need:
* A surfboard
* A leash
* Common sense

Step 1: Wear a leash
Always wear a leash when you're surfing around other people, so you're attached to your board at all times. Losing your board when you wipe out can put everyone around you in danger.

Step 2: Paddle out
Don't paddle straight into a pack of surfers. Try to find a channel that will let you make it to the lineup without getting in anyone else's way.

Step 3: Look both ways
When paddling to catch a wave, look both ways – like you're crossing the street – to make sure someone isn't already up and riding.

Step 4: Don't drop in
If someone is already up and riding on a wave, hang back. The person riding closest to the tallest part of the wave has priority, and "dropping in" on that person is dangerous – and the easiest way to be labeled a kook.

Step 5: Don't let go of your board
When paddling out, don't rely solely on your leash to stay connected to your board. When you let go of your board with your hands to swim under white water, it becomes a hazard to other surfers behind you.

Step 6: Protect your head
If you wipe out, don't panic or thrash in the water. Protect your head by covering your face with your arms, and cupping your head with your hands. Stay underwater for a few seconds until you regain your balance, and don't uncover your head until you're standing up.

Step 7: Respect the locals
Give respect to gain respect. Every beach has locals who have been surfing there a lot longer than you have. Letting them have their pick of waves will ensure that you don't get in their way – and you don't make any enemies.

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