5 tips for dealing with summer crowds

From longboard to fish and beyond, Biarritz ripper Edouard Delpero is known to ride all manner of craft to capitalise on changing conditions.

3. ‘Secret spots’ are sometimes the most crowded

This is a bit of a weird one but sometimes the most out of the way surf spots are the most crowded, while better known main breaks can remain relatively empty.

In general, this phenomenon is limited to the very busiest days of the summer when everyone decides to escape to that well known ‘secret spot’. But basically at this time of year never just assume that out of the way surf spots will be less crowded than the rest. It’s not always the case.

4. Favour shorter but more numerous surfs

For most people, it’s true to say the longer you stay in the water the fewer and fewer waves you catch as your energy levels drop and conditions change with the tide. More often that not, you’d do much better to surf shorter sessions.

So as soon as you feel yourself catching fewer waves, return to the beach, rest up, hydrate, reassess lineup/conditions, wait for another window and go again!

5. Share waves with friends

Not enough waves to go round for everyone? Why not try sharing waves with friends! Yep, if party waves were good enough for the ancient Hawaiians then they’re probably good enough for you too.


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