How to surf safely behind a boat
With the holiday season approaching, you may be wanting to try some new things, new sports and new adventures over the summer. One of the things which can be great fun, and help to improve your fitness, is learning how to surf. Surfing behind a boat is one of the things many people like to try when they are on holiday, and it can be an enjoyable and perfectly safe pastime if you know what you are doing.
However, you can also sustain a whiplash injury in Alston if you are not properly prepared for this activity, and if you have not been trained properly. A whiplash injury in Alston is bound to ruin your holiday, and if you feel it is the fault of the holiday operator you may be able to claim compensation. Accident Advice Helpline is on 0800 689 0500, or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile if you want to get in touch about a whiplash injury in Alston, and you can call them whilst you are still away.
If you do want to avoid a whiplash injury in Alston, then here are some ways to surf safely behind a boat.
Learn to surf first
Some holiday operators will allow anyone to take part in watersports even if they haven’t learned the basic skills first. Make sure that you do not allow yourself to be injured because of this, and take the right lessons beforehand. Go to a few surfing lessons and take your time (you have your whole holiday!), learning how to stand up comfortably on the board in the water before you consider allowing yourself to be towed.
Swim out with your board
The board should already be attached to the towing line, so swim out with your board until the towing line is almost fully extended. Get on the board only once you are in the right place, and your surfboard is attached to your ankle.
Stand properly on the board
If you are letting a boat pull you along then you will stand slightly different to how you would when normally surfing. Stand on the back of the board and push down so that the very back end of your board is submerged under water. This means that when the boat starts to pull you along there will be a little leeway before you are pulled off of the board.
The towing line needs to be held firmly in both hands or between your knees before you start to move, but you have a little more freedom once the board starts to move. However, you should always keep one hand on the line as you start to move so that you can keep your balance and are unlikely to get thrown off of the board as you build up speed.
Date Published: 18th April 2014
Author: David Brown