The Surfer’s Code

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The Surfer’s Code was designed by former 1977 World Surfing champion, Shaun Tomson, from my hometown, Durban, South Africa. These are the rules we should all live by – my favourite … ‘pass on your stoke’ – simply means, tell your mates about the joy of surfing.

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The Surfer’s Code

I will never turn my back on the ocean
I will always paddle back out
I will take the drop with commitment
I will know that there will always be another wave
I will realize that all surfers are joined by one ocean
I will paddle around the impact zone
I will never fight a rip tide
I will watch out for other surfers after a big set
I will pass on my stoke to a non-surfer
I will ride, and not paddle in to shore
I will catch a wave every day, even in my mind
I will honor the sport of kings

Leighton Higgo (far right), Director & Head Coach and David Lammin (middle), Consultant – SC Surf Schools with a group of women after their surfing lesson on the Sunshine Coast of Queensland, Australia