3 Surfs You Should Avoid

April 24, 2008 at 5:29 pm 3 comments

I love surfing, really I do, but there are times when it’s best not to. All surfers should be aware what waves are exciting enough and what will tear you apart…in a bad way. Don’t be a casualty. Knowledge is power! What are these fearsome ocean movements?

1. Waves – It may sound tame, but waves can have you eating jagged rock if you’re not careful. Judge what waves you can handle, and try and see if you’ll end up on a beach instead of being smacked on a cliffside! By extension, rocks are also a dangerous condition.

2. Rip Current – This happens when water suddenly shifts swiftly back to the ocean with enough force for a strong pull. Many surfers have been injured or killed because of this current. Don’t panic if you get caught. Swim parallel to the shore until the pull stops, then swim back.

3. Shore Break – When waves break on the shore directly, that is a shore break. This powerful force slams the swimmer or surfer on the beach, causing injury, even to conditioned people. Avoid at all costs.

There are other conditions, but these three are the riskiest in my experience. What dangers do you know?

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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. rayafilms  |  April 25, 2008 at 10:05 am

    I windsurf as well as surf and got into trouble by going out too far in Winter – my advice is therefore: don’t go out too far and watch out for the cold which can catchup with you very quickly.

  • 2. bbrian017  |  April 28, 2008 at 3:04 am

    Looks nice! I love the ocean! What a pleasure to look at!

  • 3. seacielo  |  April 28, 2008 at 5:10 am

    shore breaks are good… for skimboarding. i would kill for clean swells… hehehehehe.


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