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