By Johanna Lois Serohijos
We hate (love) to break it to you, but surfing is actually one of the safest water activities you can do in beaches with strong waves.
It hasn’t been much long when surfing broke the internet. While it has always been a leisure activity for some, surfing was generally considered as an activity for the pros or the risk-takers or the adrenaline junkies. From afar, it can be seen as an activity that combines muscle strength, balance, timing, body coordination, and a whole lot of fearlessness, but what some people refuse to listen to is how fun it actually is and why it can give you the inner high.
When you look at photos, it may seem as though surfers cruise deep waters with their surf boards, but contrary to popular belief, surfing is usually done in waters as high as your waistline. Yes, waistline. If you remember, waves are faster and stronger when nearing the shore and are slower when farther, so that’s the main idea why surfing is done in shallow waters. With that said, this activity is not exclusive to only those who can swim or be the next Michael Phelps, but it is for everyone, regardless of swimming level. In fact, drowning incidents in relation to surfing are not because of deep waters, but rather of knocking oneself unconscious with their surfing board whilst in the on-site. That’s also why surfing instructors always emphasize the importance of securing yourself from the surfboards. Take note: keep your head away, not toward, the boards.
On another note, some people won’t bother with surfing because they think they’re “too big,” when in fact, there are actually a lot of people who do not consider themselves at any rate light that love and enjoy surfing. If you can balance and carry yourself (which we can, considering we get up from bed every day), you’re good to go. If you’re one of these people who has this “issue,” let loose and climb on a board. You might just be amazed at how much power, agility, and focus you and your body are capable of.
Let’s say you want to try surfing for the first time and you need three things to get you by. Here are your takeaways: (1) listen to your instructors, (2) trust yourself—you can do this!, (3) focus on your progress and don’t compare yourself to other people’s progress, (4) learn techniques from every fall, and lastly, (5) have a good time.
Although, we have to warn you, it can be a little frustrating on first attempts, but once you get the hang of it, you feel like an ocean king. Just keep a good note on your takeaways especially 3 and 4. And by the time your surfing session is over, you’d be wanting for more. Also, when you’re lucky or just really good at planning, you might find yourself surfing as you meet the sunrise or the sunset, wouldn’t that be wonderful?
So, yes, surfing is safe and fun too. Of course, we’ll ask you to trust us on this, but we’d rather let you decide on your own. Take the leap. The water is a friend.