World surfing champion wants everyone to play nice
JOSH Constable is already teaching his two young sons about surf etiquette.
The 2006 World Longboard Champion, who still manages to go surfing most days and now makes surfboards under Creative Army Surfboards by Josh Constable, says every entry-level surfer should be taught how to "play nice" in the water. That it didn't matter whether they began learning with the help of their parents, peers, surf club or surf school.
His sons Jive, 6, and Jet, 9, are just discovering a love of the surf and started riding surfboards about six months ago. Josh, 34, said he didn't see surf rage as much of a problem on the Coast and didn't believe the ugly side of surfing was something his children might encounter in the future.
"I'll be teaching them surf etiquette and manners and rules," Josh, of Peregian, said.
"If people are courteous and nice to other people, there shouldn't be surf rage.
"Just like drivers - as long as everyone's nice and friendly, there should never be road rage."
Josh said he tried to stay away from negativity in the water and believed that because surfing was a "feelgood" activity, "most people are just so stoked to be in the water and enjoying it".