Surfing is a popular holiday activity. Whether you’re a seasoned pro hoping for massive waves, or a novice aiming to stand up for the first time, it’s wise to take potential dangers into consideration. Here are five dangers you should be aware of when surfing to reduce the risk of travel accidents.
5 dangers you should be aware of when surfing
There are many dangers you should be aware of when surfing, regardless of your level of experience or ability. Here are five examples of dangers you should be aware of when surfing overseas.
- Powerful waves: you need waves in order to surf, but incredibly powerful waves carry a high risk of injury and holiday accidents. There are some waves that even the most experienced surfers should avoid. Listen out for surf forecasts and follow advice from local lifeguards and coastal patrols.
- Sea creatures: it’s not common to come across deadly sea creatures, but this is a danger you should be aware of when surfing. If you’re surfing in areas like Australia or South Africa, there is a chance of shark attacks.
- Adverse weather conditions: when you’re by the sea, you’ll often find that the weather conditions can be unpredictable, and they may change very quickly. The weather has a direct impact on the strength and height of the waves. If poor weather conditions are forecast, it may be best to postpone your surf trip.
- Your surf board: when you’re surfing, your own board can actually be the biggest threat to your safety. If you come off your board and the board hits you, it can result in severe injuries. In the trade, this is known as a wipeout.
- Riptides: riptides can make surfing more fun, but they also increase the danger levels.
I’ve been injured abroad, can I claim compensation?
If you’ve been injured abroad, and you have proof that you were not at fault, you may be able to claim travel accident compensation.
Call Accident Advice Helpline to find out more about the claims process and how we could help you to claim no-win, no-fee compensation for an accident overseas. If you’ve been injured in the last three years and your trip was organised by a British travel agency or tour operator, call us now on 0800 689 0500 from a landline or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.