Things to Keep in Mind While Surfing

Like any other adventure sport, surfing has its dangers. After all, you are dealing with a force like the sea and its unpredictable waves. To make sure you make it back in one piece, take surf lessons from experienced individuals, choose the right gear and take it one step at a time. Don't try doing too much at one time.

Here are a few pointers that will keep you safe to surf again.

Choose the right beach. If you're a beginner, don't let the adrenaline get to you soon. Start with the smaller waves and work your way up. Learn to surf cautiously, which will eventually make you a pro. Always choose a beach that has lifeguards. Most beaches have an area marked especially for surfers, be sure to stay in the designated area.

Surfing means tackling the waves and carrying your own body weight through it. You have to be extremely fit to surf, that's just the way it is. You also have to be strong enough to swim back to shore in case you lose a wave.

Just like drinking and driving is a crime, drinking and surfing is, too. You have to be alert and focused while you surf and take care of yourself at sea. Also remember to eat 45 minutes to an hour before you go surfing; it will help with agility.

A collision with other surfers is a common problem. Be careful of that while you're out surfing. Always be aware of other surfers, weather changes, water conditions, etc.
Catching a wave is very important. You must know when to hold your board and when to let it go to catch that wave. When you're paddling out, hold your board and lose the board when you feel like your about to fall. The chances of serious injuries are less.

Maintain surfer's etiquette. Don't snatch someone else's wave. The rule is that the surfer closest to the breaking wave gets first preference. You just have to wait your turn.

No one is invincible. Use a good sun block while you're in the water, especially if you're not wearing a wet suit. You have no idea what kind of damage the sun can do.

Surf with a friend. It's more fun and there is someone to help you and look out for you if anything goes wrong.

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