SUP Surfing Hawaii Rules from a Hawaii Real Estate Agent

SUP Surfing Hawaii Rules from a Hawaii Real Estate Agent


So we’re here with Mr.
Zane Schweizter himself. Yeah. [INAUDIBLE] Aloha, guys. I know. As luck would have it, I
ran into him in the lineup. So my question I
had for Zane was what’s the number
one piece of advice that he would give SUPers
that are coming here to surf in Hawaii that maybe
aren’t familiar with the waters here. Yeah, no, it’s a great
question, and I’m stoked you’re asking
it, you know, especially in a place like this. It’s close to heart for me is–
it’s where my first waves were caught as a young child and– Yeah, [NON-ENGLISH] here. Oh yeah, [NON-ENGLISH]. Most Maui kids come to
learn at a place like this. And so it’s important
when visitors come, no matter what craft you’re
on, surf or stand-up paddle, is to be able to, of
course, respect the lineup. And just because we
can be catching waves further out and more
often, take the time to mix in with the lineup
and not go too far out and be taking too many waves. Sharing is always something
that’s so important. You know, Duke Kahanamoku
once said, you know, don’t catch this one. Let it go by. And that’s kind of a
famous quote he had. And it’s always stuck with
me as a respectful guest there, you know, to
be able to, you know, even if a wave is
coming right to you and you can only catch it,
you know, cheer on a young kid to catch it, you know? Because at the end of the day,
whether we like it or not, people are quicker
to judge stand-up paddling in surf
zones, especially in places like Hawaii. And so I always like to tell my
friends, pros even as well, you know, like, be extra patient. Have extra etiquette. You know, this is a place where
people go by first impressions very strongly. And you can lose your respect
in the lineup very quick. And so it’s important
to, you know, be extra polite when we have
a [INAUDIBLE] on our hands, especially in
places like Hawaii. Wow, wow, well said, brother. Hey, thank you so much. I appreciate it, man. Aloha. Have a great day. Yeah. Enjoy, you guys. Yeah. Hey, aloha. My name is Eric West. I am about to catch a wave. I can’t talk right now. I want to give you
guys some tips. When you’re surfing in
Hawaii on a stand-up board, things that will really
make a big difference at far as not getting your ass
kicked up out of the lineup by some locals– so you got to
know the rules of engagement. The very first rule when you’ve
about to hit a lineup in Hawaii on your SUP surf is you’ve got
to make sure it’s a break where they allow people to SUP. And how do you figure that out? The best thing to do
is to ask somebody. But there are certain breaks
where SUPs are not allowed under any circumstances. By the way, if I had any value,
please smash that like button. It’s the way YouTube
takes care of us. OK, rule number two kind
of goes without saying, but I have to say it. Don’t surf, SUP surf,
at a break that’s beyond your personal
abilities, period. Rule number three is
respect the lineup. What does that mean,
respect the lineup? That means when
you get out there, don’t just take the first
wave that comes your way. You go there. You size up the situation. You let a few wave pass
before you even think about jumping on your wave. Rule number four– woo– do not shoulder hop or snake. That means if you’re
going to catch a wave, you take it from the peak. Peak has the priority. Do not shoulder hop. Do not snake, which means
you don’t hop on the wave when somebody else has
already caught the peak. Hope that makes sense. Rule number five–
if you get called out in the lineup for
breaking one of the rules or for doing something that
another local surfer finds inappropriate, your best bet is
to be humble, to be respectful, to acknowledge,
don’t do it again, and consider leaving that break. All right, tip number six
for surfing a SUP in Hawaii is check your equipment. I’ve seen this happen before. Leashes break because they
weren’t properly tied on or there was a frayed edge. Check your equipment
to make sure that it is in proper working. All right, number seven– if you get whistled
off a wave, that’s typically how they do it here. You’ll basically hear
this whistling somewhere. My recommendation is get off
that way as fast as you can. Simply pop up over
the top with a wave, kick out, wait for the next one. That means you probably shoulder
hopped or snaked somebody and they’re politely letting
you know, get off my wave. And I would do that. Number eight, if you
do end up talking to somebody in the
lineup, I would not throw down any kind of pigeon
if you’ve learned something on maybe Andy Bumatai’s Daily
Pidgin or something like that. I don’t even know if I’d throw
like a [? ey brah ?] out there. I would just simply stick
to your native tongue, be true to yourself,
but don’t get yourself in a deeper hole by all of
a sudden speaking a language that you know nothing about and
will probably just offend them. Tip number 10–
this is a big one. When you finally decide
to take that wave and you’re at the peak
and it’s your wave, you command that
wave and you take it. No questions asked– you go. And then you absolutely
ride that wave the best that you
can because they are watching to see
if you can rip at all, if you have any ability. If you get done with that
wave and someone says to you, hey, buddy, you don’t
belong here– it’s time to go. And also, if you turn
on a wave, you better commit to taking it
because basically, when you turn on a wave,
that means that they’re not going to take that wave. And if you waste it
because you can’t make it, then that’s not going
to make anybody happy. So if you turn on a
wave, you make that wave and you rip on it
as hard as you can. And that will start the
process of getting some respect from the local Hawaiian crew. My name’s Eric West of
hawaiirealestate.org. I’d love to hear your
comments, suggestions, feedback on what you have found to
be the best rule to follow on a Hawaiian surf break. Certainly you grown
surfers out there, I’d love to hear
your perspective. Aloha. Mahalo. Hey, aloha. My name is Eric
West and my passion is stand-up paddleboard surfing. I’ve actually been doing it
every day for about the last 7 and 1/2 years here in Hawaii. And I’d like to share
with you everything that I’ve learned in hopes
of helping you accelerate your learning curve. That’s hilarious. I fell off my paddleboard
during the intro to the video. That’s funny. If someone you know is
looking to buy or sell real estate in the state of
Hawaii, send them my way. I promise, I’ll show it to him
through the paradise glasses. My website–
hawaiirealestate.org. Mahalo.

4 thoughts on “SUP Surfing Hawaii Rules from a Hawaii Real Estate Agent

  1. Any lineup horror stories as a SUP surfer?

  2. Great video Eric. We're always sharing advice on how to make friends in the lineup, it's so important. Good job.

  3. I'm always trying to give way and give way to proners and ask if they want the wave… if only some proners would pay the same respect.

  4. Great advices
    I love the last two advices

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