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How to spot a kook in surfing

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Kooks: they try - and fail - to mimic the surfing lifestyle | Photo: Shutterstock

What is a kook? What should you do to avoid being called a kook? Here’s a to-don’t list for those who want to look cool.

Surf culture can be merciless. And someone who pretends to be a surfer will certainly be called a kook. Surf kooks are everywhere – carrying surfboards inside the mall, exercising muscles on the boardwalk, and driving the highway with the board through the side of a car.

However, “kookism” has nothing to do with learning how to surf. A novice surfer doesn’t necessarily need to live through the kook phase. You’re “allowed” to make mistakes and wipeout. That’s life; no worries.

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