Introduction to Surfing
Surfing is a surface water sport which depends on the waves on the water surface to take the surfer towards the shore. Surfing is done primarily in the ocean, because of the strong waves. However, it is also practiced in rivers, lakes, and also in manmade pools if the waves are big enough to allow surfing. Surfing is a physically demanding sport which requires training and frequent sessions in order to attain a decent standard. The surfing equipment usually consists of a surfboard, wetsuit and a surfboard leash. continued below ...
BEST SPOTS FOR SURFING
Australia has numerous beaches and probably the best waves over the world; in short, perfect conditions for surfing. Gold Coast City in Queensland has around 70 kilometers of beaches and is widely regarded as a surfer’s paradise. New Zealand, surrounded by Pacific Ocean, also has some pretty good surfing spots. Many of the islands in south east Indonesia are ideal for surfing trips. In North America, the best destination for surfing is California which is famous for its big waves. The Panama Canal is another good surfing spot. Jeffreys Bay, famous for its blue flag beaches in South Africa, is a famous surfing destination especially during the months of June, July and August.
Surfing is a very exciting sport but not without its share of dangers. Hence, to enjoy it properly, one must take adequate safety measures.
• Long and light surfboards should be chosen for surfing. These surfboards are recommended for beginners.
• A surfboard leash should be used so that the board is not lost when you fall off.
• While surfing, the whole body is exposed to the sun for a long period of time. Thus, sunglasses & sunscreen should be used for protecting the eyes and skin from the harmful rays of the sun.
• In the summers, rash guards should also be used to protect the skin.
• First aid kit should be taken in a backpack when going for surfing, as minor injuries can lead to big problems if left untreated.
• Proper wetsuit boots, gloves should be worn as they help in getting decent grip on surfboards and also prevent wrinkling of the hands.
• Knowing how to swim and having a good fitness is also critical. One must also know when to let go of the surfboard because you are more likely to sustain injury holding onto the board while getting washed around.
• It is a good practice to check the forecast beforehand in order to get information about the waves and prior warnings about any bad weather.