The one and only Levi, sheds some light on the word “KOOK”-  and how to avoid looking like one.
Some sage advice from the most stoked grom on the water!

Here are some tips on how NOT to be a kook.

By Levi Mayes (10 years old) – Coreban Team Rider

  1. What is a kook?

A kook is a person who wants to be seen as a good surfer, but they have no experience or they are just no good at surfing!

  • How not to be a kook.
  • Do not wear your leash when you are walking to, or from the water with your board.
  • Don’t carry your board with your fins facing forward.
  • Don’t carry your board with your wax facing your suit.
  • Don’t paddle with your paddle the wrong way around (see picture).

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  • Don’t drop in. (How not to drop in – The person closest to the peak gets first priority).

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  • Don’t snake for waves. Snaking is where someone weaves through some people to get to priority.
  • Know your surf words and use them properly.
  • Here are some surfing terms.
  • Air – an air is an advanced surfing move, where the surfer leaves the face of the wave.
  • Amped means excited for your surf.
  • Backside surfing – backside means surfing with your back to the wave.
  • Bail means to jump off your board.
  • Barney is a different word for kook.
  • Blown out – on shore winds.
  • Charging means going for it on a wave and ripping it up.
  • Close out – where the whole wave breaks at the same time.
  • Cranking = cooking – when the waves are great.
  • Cross step not side step (that’s what kook say) Cross step means walking across your board to get to the nose.
  • These points can apply to surfing and SUP’ing.


Levi Mayes on a lovely left, working on his back hand attack - Image by John Hishin

Levi Mayes on a lovely left, working on his back hand attack – Image by John Hishin

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Levi coming in with his Coreban Dart Race board after a heavy race.