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The Risks of Surfing

February 07, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 148

The sport of surfing continues to grow everyday. The joy of surfing, and the rush you feel as you get barreled is incomparable to anything else. This feeling, however, does not come without risks or dangers. Every time you paddle out to the line up, there are risks that you face. From sharks to the risk of drowning and everything in between, you put yourself in the line of danger every time you wax up your board and paddle out. Here are a few things to look out for.

Sharks will definitely rank at the top of our list of dangers when surfing. For most surfers, it's probably the first thing on their mind as they paddle out. For obvious reasons, no one wants to get bit by a shark. Their sharp teeth can rip through your side like a knife through butter, and completely dismembering any part of your body is simple and easy. The shark is probably the most feared animal to most surfers, but it's important to note that there are other types of marine life that could pose a significant threat. Jellyfish, stingrays, seals and sea snakes can also make your surf session less enjoyable.

Drowning is an obvious risk, especially if you can't swim. As crazy as it may seem, I have heard of surfers that paddle out, but don't know how to swim. The risk of drowning increases with the conditions of the surf. If the rip current is particularly strong that day, you are more likely to experience fatigue. When fatigue sets in, the likelihood of drowning increases. It's important to keep an eye out for less experienced surfers, as they can be a major risk if they are in the line up and don't have the experience that is required to be surfing.

Your surfboard can also be a major risk. The surfboard can be considered a weapon when out in the ocean. Short boards have pointed noses, long boards have more mass and weight, and both have fins that can slice a nice gash in your body if you happen to get run over by one. Be sure to always wear a leash when surfing to prevent the "run away board." People have been known to suffer concussions when getting hit in the head by a board that was washed in after a surfer lost his board on a wave.

Although there are many more risks that come with surfing, it's important to note that no matter what you do, or where you surf, many accidents can be prevented by simply surveying the conditions of the area before you paddle out. Make sure your equipment is sufficient, and that you are in the right shape for the conditions on that day. Above all, respect the ocean and its surroundings, and everything should be fine.

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