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Australia's thriving surf culture is world-renowned. Both the men's and women's world champions, Mark Occhiluppo and Layne Beachley, are Australian. Every day, from dawn until dusk, thousands of Australians paddle out in search of the perfect wave that will carry them to fame and fortune.
While surfers generally are a laid-back lot, certain courtesies must be observed. The worst sin a surfer can commit is dropping in — catching a wave another surfer is riding. Young surfers, known as grommets, also must respect older riders who have surfed the same beach for years and don't take kindly to pushy teenagers