Fist shaking, a bit of lip service. There’s a chance you might come across an angry oik with a penchant for tyre slashing, but in the vast majority of times, it’s just posturing.
You breach. You gob and gawp and hack at the briny blue. Have you been under for three minutes? You fell on the biggest wave you’ve ever tried. You ate it. Four minutes? More?
Tell the truth about your experience and what you’d like to achieve. More time surfing waves and less time drinking sea water.
This is terrible, terrible advice. The first suit I bought was a £20-something, holey nightmare. It was hardly better than a t-shirt, but it was great for my early surfing ability.
Reef breaks. Scary stuff for a beginner surfer. Thoughts of cuts, infections, tropical diseases. But not all reefs are created equal.
Getting “out the back” — beyond the white water — isn’t something to shy away from. After the first few times you go surfing, it’s time to get out there.