Experienced surfers gather herewhere most swells are peaking and about to breakto jockey for position. Who-ever's closest to the peak gets first dibs on the wave.
The section of wave down the line from the curling peak. Catching a ride here is easier but bad etiquette, as you'll drop in on top of the surfer who earned priority.
3. IMPACT ZONE
The most dangerous part of a surf spot, where crashing waves release their energy. Always paddle around it on your way out to the lineup.
Many waves retain a smaller, smooth face long after they break. This is a good place for developing surfers to work on their skills, since veterans who take off on the peak will often exit the wave early.
A.k.a. the whitewater, this is the surfable froth of a dying wave. It's the easiest place to catch a ride, thus an ideal place for novice surfers to practice popping up onto their feet.