Body surfing in Brighton and other coastal areas has become more popular over recent years. The practice involves riding waves without bodyboards and surfboards, though swim fins are normally used to keep surfers upright and enable them to ride, catch and kick out of waves. It’s essential that body surfers are able to exit waves safely. There have been many high-profile body surfing events worldwide such as the Pipeline Bodysurfing Classic competition, which took place at the Banzai Pipeline.
Hurt whilst body surfing in Brighton?
In body surfing in Brighton and elsewhere, riders use their bodies as surfboards. The activity is seen as one of the purest forms of surfing by surf lovers because man-made aids are not used and surfers are able to get as close to the elements as possible. Body surfing is slower than board-based surfing as the body lacks the aerodynamic qualities of the equipment normally used for surfing.
Beginners are advised to learn the correct skills before they attempt body surfing so they can start enjoying the activity with a good level of ability immediately. Surfers still need swim fins and a wet suit, although it is possible to body surf without fins. If you are a new body surfer, you are advised to avoid going out of your depth. Surfers are only advised to surf in rough seas with large waves if they have flippers. If a rip tide does occur, you should never try to swim directly back to shore. Instead, you should try and swim sideways to an area not as affected. If you’re a strong swimmer, you may be able to swim 45 degrees to the shoreline.
Had a beach accident?
If you have had an accident whilst at the beach and it was not your fault, there is a good chance we will be able to help you. Many beach accidents happen when facilities are not managed and maintained properly. For instance, you could be hurt because you weren’t alerted to a danger by a sign or if a lifeguard failed in their duty of care to you. You can find out if you’re likely to be able to claim and get a rough estimate of how much compensation you could be due by calling today or taking the 30-second test online. You can contact us via 0800 689 0500 (landline) or 0333 500 0993 (mobile) and we may well be able to help if the accident was not your fault.
Date Published: May 9, 2017
Author: Accident Advice