How can I stay safe when I surf?

Question: 

How can I stay safe when I surf?


Answer: 

Safety Now I scared you, I'll talk safety. Know the beach where you surf, know where the rocks are, if any. Know how the currents work. Never paddle out farther than you can swim back in without your board. Never go out in wave conditions you aren't prepared for. Don't surf alone. Have good equipment, including a leash that keeps your flotation device close. Know your limits. Fear means something. If you're tired, go in. Don't turn your back on the ocean, because sure enough there's a great big wave waiting to sneak up and give you a smack down. Don't fall off your board and shoot it at innocent bystanders. Don't hang around inside in other surfers' way so they shoot their boards at you. Don't hold your board or let it float between you and the next oncoming wave-it can turn into a big bulldozer blade and plow you over or worse knock you out. Oh, there's just a lot of things, things that you'll just never have to worry about if you stay in your depth and height of wave (small) to learn the art. Respect Mother Ocean (Tick her off, she'll kill you.)
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