How does wave priority work in surfing?

How can you tell when a surfer has right of way over another wave rider? What is priority in surfing? Surfing is the sport of catching waves before they break. As a result, surfers need to position themselves in the lineup so that they can catch the rollers in the right spot, i.e., where they start to break. Every wave breaks to the right or left and, like in any civilized street system, there are rules for each player. However, the ocean has no police power or ticketing systems.

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Florida may surf the world’s first Kelly Slater wave pool

And the first Kelly Slater artificial wave park goes to… The champ’s home state. The Kelly Slater Wave Co. (KSWC) is planning the opening of its first man-made surf pool in Palm Beach, Florida, just 120 miles away from the founder’s hometown of Cocoa Beach. The Surf Ranch Florida application was filed by a planning and landscape architecture firm. If approved by Palm Beach County, the 80-acre project will be built within the Palm Beach Park of Commerce. 

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Tight battles in the 2017 Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast

Competition heats up at Snapper Rocks, as the world’s best surfers battle for a spot in Round 4 of the 2017 Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast, in Australia. With the famous right-hander peeling down the line in the three-to-five foot range, John John Florence unleashed his technical experience to defeat Mikey Wright in Round 3. “Mikey Wright is such a gnarly competitor especially. That wave I got was smaller, which is why Mikey didn’t take it knowing there was time left. It had a nice long wall, so I got to surf the whole way through and had a few barrels,” explained the 2016 world champion.

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