Surfing is a great water sport to learn and engage in. Like many other sports, it can help you keep fit and healthy and learn discipline and control. And also like other sports, accidents can happen if you do not practice safety and precaution. What is worse is that you could not only harm yourself when you surf improperly and without caution; you can also cause harm to other surfers and may even put the lives of other people using the beach at risk.
To prevent all this from happening, it is important that you learn about the basic rules to surfing first. Keep these in mind at all times, especially when you are on the beach and riding your surfboard. This will help keep you and everyone else in the beach safe.
1. Similar to driving, it is never a good idea to surf when you are under the influence of alcohol. You need full control of your body and the full focus of your mind when you are on your surfboard. Remember that one wrong move could result to broken bones and, worse, cost you your life. You can drink after you are finished to help relax your sore muscles and tired body.
2. Always be aware of everything around you before and while you are riding your surfboard on the beach. You need to be aware of other surfers and other people using the beach. Note where they are so that you will not accidentally bump or hit them. You should also be aware of the surf conditions. There are some waves that can be easy to ride, while others should be left to professionals.
3. Because you are still a beginner and are still learning the tricks and skills needed in this type of water sport, it is a good idea to stick to water levels that you are comfortable with. If you are training with a professional, let them point out which waves are safe for you to ride and practice on. Downwind Surf & Paddleboard Company places high value on safety. Thus, they always show their students where they can surf safely.
4. Be sure that you swim well and that you are physically fit. You can lose your surfboard many times in each session, so you must be able to swim to shore whenever this happens. This is a common scenario for every beginner surfer.
5. Never go surfing after you eat. This is much the same as when swimming. You should rest for at least 45 minutes to one hour after every meal before engaging in a straining activity such as swimming, dancing and riding your surfboard.
6. Among the first skills that you will learn in this water sport is to know when to hold on and let go of your surfboard. When paddling out, you need to hold on to your board. On the other hand, if you think you are about to get wiped out by a wave, you should let go of your board. This will prevent any unnecessary injuries and bone damage, which will happen when you and your board are tossed around by the wave together.
7. Know where you are allowed to surf. This is particularly true for patrolled beaches and if you are going to the beach on your own and without professional guidance. If possible, ask someone from the beach, preferably the officials patrolling the beach, to confirm the areas where you can surf. Make sure to stick to these areas as you ride your surfboard.
8. Be respectful of other surfers on the beach. Never take anyone else’s wave. You will know whose wave it is by following the rule of thumb that says the person nearest to the breaking wave will take that wave; even if you were first one to ride out. Wait for the next one that breaks near you.
For more information about surfing, give Downwind Surf & Paddleboard Company a call today.
Downwind Surf & Paddleboard Company
2985 S Ocean Blvd
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577