Selecting The Right
Location To Surf As A Beginner...
beginner surfer you need to stay with the waves that experts will
ignore. This will keep you safe, allow you to get all the waves you
want, give you plenty of practice, and help you to advance quicker.
stick to beachbreaks, waves that break over sand and roll toward the
shore, rather than waves that break over rock or coral or break
violently on the beach. You must however always use good judgment
before going out because the seas change rapidly and could quickly
become potentially dangerous.
You can always go to a surf shop and ask the experts for their
opinion. Remember to be honest with your abilities so that you get
accurate information and keep yourself safe.
What Are The Dangers In
The most dangerous thing in the
water is your very own surfboard. The likelihood of you coming
into contact with it is very high. So in the beginning concentrate
on avoiding being hit by your own board. You may even consider
covering your head and face with your arms and hands, which will
help to protect against injuries until you develop a sense of where
your craft is during a wipe out.
The next most dangerous thing in the
water is other surfers and their surfboards Always try and stay out
of the way of anyone actually riding a wave.
A surfer that is not willing to wait their turn
to ride a wave to shore is one that could cause another surfer
serious injury. This is common courtesy, safer and improves the ride for the other
surfer. Always be aware of what is
happening in the water around you to avoid danger. Often there are
many surfers in a small section of water so always be aware of the
number and the location of the surfers.
is a possibility, the probability of you seeing any dangerous sea
creatures is not very likely. However, the probability of you
surfing during bad weather is very likely so be sure to steer clear
of the ocean if there is lightning and thunder. Most cities will
use lifeguards to alert swimmers and surfers to dangerous
conditions. Surfers should always be aware of the emergency alert
system that the lifeguard station uses for water hazards and storm
One of the biggest dangers that surfers face on any given day are
the rip tides. So be aware of how to handle a rip tide current so
that you will not panic.
a bad wipe out you can come in contact with the sea floor.
Depending where you are surfing the sea floor can be sand, coral or
rocks. Sand is actually the ideal bottom for wipe outs because
you will not get torn up, although it may not be the best when it
comes to the shape of the wave. Sand bottom is found on many East
Coast beaches. Coral, can really hurt!! Booties, wetsuits and
headgear will help with protection if the weather permits. If not
be careful and follow the expert surfers. Coral is normally found in
warm weather like Hawaii. Rocks hidden beneath the surface of the
water at high tide can be very dangerous. If it is a rocky beach
like be sure to check it out at low tide before going out to surf.