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How dangerous is surfing?

There is no greater feeling than standing on a surfboard while riding the waves of the ocean water. Surfing is a fun and thrilling experience which many people enjoy. Part of the joy comes from the dangers of surfing too. These dangers prevent many people from ever attempting to surf. So, for those who do surf, it makes them feel like risk takers and thrill seekers.

The biggest danger of surfing is obviously the risk of drowning. You must understand that the water below your surfboard is very unstable. Between the currents and the tidal waves, it is very easy to fall off a surfboard if you don’t have good balance. It is very dangerous to be in the ocean water under these conditions, especially if you’re not wearing a life vest. If you cannot reach your surfboard, then you’ll have no choice but to swim back to shore for safety. Depending on the distance from shore and your current level of energy, this may prove to be a difficult task.

There is always going to be the risk of falling into the water. Professional surfers may have good balance, but there are no stopping large tidal waves from knocking them off their surfboards. In fact, there have been professional surfers who’ve died from such circumstances. The reason is that tidal waves are a powerful force and can literally knock out a surfer into unconsciousness after it hits them. In many cases, the surfer will be knocked right down onto the hard rocks and corals of the ocean floor. If drowning doesn’t kill them, the impact on the ocean floor will.

And, of course, we certainly cannot forget the danger of sharks in the water. There is a common myth that sharks don’t swim too close to shore, so surfers have nothing to worry about. Well, there has been an increase in shark attacks over the last few decades along the coasts of Florida and California. Clearly, this myth has been debunked numerous times.

However, it is true that the chances of a shark attack are minimal for a surfer because the average of yearly shark attacks is still relatively low. But if you were to fall into the water and encounter a shark, they most likely won’t be the size of Jaws. They will be a smaller shark which can still do a lot of damage to your limbs and body. Meanwhile, you’ll be struggling just to stay afloat in the water so that you can breathe.

This may all sound scary to you. But remember, these are the most dangerous scenarios that can occur from surfing. Thousands of people go surfing every day in this world and there are very few reported injuries or deaths. All you need to remember is to take precautions and educate yourself on surfing before going out on the water.