Tips to stay safe while surfing
It’s crucial for surfers to be aware of the potential risks and take necessary precautions to avoid injury. Here’s a summary of the key points:
- Getting hit by your surfboard – always try to fall back and push your board towards the shore, cover your face with your hands when you resurface, and never let your board loose when a wave is coming.
- Getting hit by another surfer – pay attention to other people around you, don’t take a wave someone else is riding near you, don’t ever put yourself in front of a surfer riding a wave, and always hold onto your surfboard tight at all times.
- Riding your board too close to the shore – get off the board well before the shore to avoid hitting the ocean floor and catching your fin on the ground.
- Having a leash wrap around you – be careful with using your leash to recover your board after you fall, and always put your hands directly on the deck of your surfboard.
- Tripping on the way to the water – take your time, watch your step, and pay attention when walking with your surfboard.
It’s important to remember that the ocean can be dangerous and unpredictable, and as surfers, we need to respect and understand its power. By using common sense and practicing ocean and water safety fundamentals, we can reduce the chance of injury and enjoy our time in the water.