This topic could present some interesting notes. Personally, I'd like to
see other sailors comments.
Wave rules, simply stated are easy. Problems occur in the 'exceptions'
Whenever I'm on the face coming in, treat others as you'd like to be
treated. If the waves are 'no big deal' and the outbound can get out, then
one tries to maximize the ride while still giving room. Plan ahead. If
you know the outbound has blown it and is dead meat no matter what, then
still give room...
How much room ?
Ever had an outbound looper land within 5 ft of you ?! That to me is not
enough room. When you are down in the wash zone, you could easily get hurt
by an over-enthusiastic, but well intending sailor. More room is better
What do you do here ..
You are outbound, in control and can head up or down from an incoming
sailor. Incoming is high on an 8' face and is set for either rights or
lefts. He happens to be your bud, and is very competent - in control. He
thinks he could left first, followed by a bottom turn below and behind you.
With side shore at Waddell, going out is Starboard. Going out, you
hesitate a moment, then trying to give in-bound more room, and to take an
easier ride over the top, you head downwind slightly (your left). Your
bud, decides to cut infront and go for multiple rights, and also cuts to
Major collision recipe.
Sometimes best intentions are dealt a poor hand.
What about ..
Three sailors are set up on incoming, head to logo. Generally it's a
right. The upwind sailor initiates a right forcing the 'sandwiched' dancer
to play also (me of course). Unfortunately, the downwind sailor - who's
new to the wave thing - isn't comfortable with the right bottom turn and
continues on the left.
Mr. Sandwich is now compressed. He might be able to go behind downwind and
still ride, or be rude and shoot & cut ahead infront. Tricky, sticky.