In Hawaii, surfing is a very popular recreational activity. And as a sport, it continues to grow everyday. Getting barreled by powerful waves under the water brings a lot of joy and experience that cannot be compared to anything else. However, surfing has its own risks and dangers. In my experience, I face some dangers each time each time I go out surfing and I am not talking about drainage problems here in my old uncles voice, who actually owns that place. It is more like the dangers of drowning to the dangers of being eaten by a shark alive, I have to weigh the risks. If you want to wax up your surfing board and head out to the waters, there are some things to look out for.
The number one risk of surfing is sharks. This is because sharks are always lurking in the shallow waters. Sharks have sharp teeth that can not only tear through your board but also, easily rip through your flesh. There are plenty of sharks in the open ocean and therefore, this risk is real. In addition, it is important to note that other marine animals such as stingrays, sea snakes and jellyfish are also a risk in surfing.
As you surf, you risk drowning in the open ocean as well. This may look trivial especially when most surfers know how to swim. However, it is unbelievable that there are some surfers who know how to paddle out but cannot swim and this raises their chance of drowning. Expert swimmers can also drown while swimming. This is especially when there are strong waves and sharp rip current that can fatigue out surfers and cause them to drown. Therefore, young and inexperienced surfers should have someone looking after them as they hit the waters.
Surfboard accidents are also a risk to surfers. Surfboards have sharp noses and heavy weight masses and this poses a risk to surfers. In addition, the boards have sharp fins that can rip flesh from your body. Although Surfboard risks become real when you get run over by one, there are cases in Hawaii where people have suffered concussions after being hit by washed surfboards from the ocean. As a result, you should always wear a leash before going surfing.
Although there are risks associated with surfing, I always survey an area before paddling out. In addition, I make sure that I not only have the right equipments but also that I am fit enough to withstand the conditions of the day. That way, I am able to manage the risks.