Surfers can cut lots of time off their paddle-outs if they venture onto the rocks and jump off closer to the lineup.
But it can be a tricky, embarrassing, and even painful experience when the ocean is not given the respect it demands.
The accompanying footage, captured at Manly Beach, Australia, has gone viral since it was posted to Facebook this week by Peter Matthews.
It shows a young surfer attempting the precarious rock jump and failing badly as people watch and commentate from behind the camera.
The surfer fails to make it over the first wave, which washes him into a small pool, and as he gets back onto his feet with his board in hand, and tries to regain his footing, a second wave sends him shoreward and bounces him off the rocks.
At 45 seconds, as a third wave approaches, a woman can be heard saying, “Oh no… there he goes. Bye-bye!”
Ultimately, however, the surfer scrambles onto the safety of a large rock, looking dejected, and starts walking to shore.
It’s unclear if he rode any waves on this day, but if he did it was with bumps and bruises, and with a battered ego.