Getting hit by your own board when surfing can have serious, catastrophic, even tragic consequences. Surfing accidents are common safety hazards for holidays at the beach. Taking the right safety precautions can ensure your surfing holiday stays memorable for all the right reasons.
What are the main dangers of getting hit by your own board when surfing?
Getting hit by your own board when surfing can cause you a number of injuries. The most common include, but are by no means limited to, the following:
- Bumps and bruises
Surfboards are made from fibreglass. They are hard and rigid. Even the soft top boards used for lessons and beginners are substantial in both size and weight.
Getting hit by your own board when surfing will almost certainly leave you with some bruises, at the very least. Taking a tumble off your surfboard is not an elegant process. You are likely to be thrashing about in the water to right yourself. Therefore, you have precious little control over where the board goes and where on the body it hits you.
Any surfer worth their sea salt will have tales of epic wipe-outs. You simply don’t become an accomplished surfer without suffering a few bruises along the way.
- Head injuries
The most dangerous place to get hit by your own board when surfing is, without question, your head. The sea is a dangerous enough environment without adding concussion and other head injuries into the mix.
As mentioned, when falling, you have little to no control over neither your body nor your board. This makes the threat of head injuries when surfing very real.
How can I avoid the dangers of getting hit by my own board when surfing?
As we have already discussed, you cannot hope to go a whole surfing session without falling off at least once. The best you can do is prepare for such an eventuality.
The most important thing is to protect your head. When you fall off, use your arms to cover your head. Once you’ve surfaced, use the ankle strap to get hold of your board as quickly as possible.
Surfing accidents on holiday can be painful and stressful. If they weren’t your fault, you may be due surfing injury compensation.
For more information on holiday injury claims, call our expert advisors at Accident Advice Helpline today. Dial 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from mobiles.