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Surfing 101
  • Do not drink alcohol. Surfing under the influence of alcohol is a bad idea. Drinking will impair your judgment and can cause slow your reaction times.
  • Be Aware of other surfers. Be aware of other surfers and water users, of the surf conditions, and of where you are surfing. Also, make sure you are not taking anyone else's wave.
  • Know your limits. Only surf in waves that you are comfortable in.
  • Stay in Shape. Physical fitness is important. If you loose your board, you will need to be able to swim back to shore.
  • Food. Do not go surfing for at least 45 minutes after eating a meal.
  • Surf Smart. Know when to hold onto your surfboard and when to get rid of it. If you are about to wipeout, get rid of your board. You are less likely to sustain an injury if you get rid of your board during a wipeout
  • Rips. If you are caught in a rip do not panic, paddle parallel to the beach until you have escaped.
  • Sun Block. Always wear a good waterproof sunblock. Sun block will help protect you from getting a sunburn.
  • Surf Buddy. Always surf with at least one other person. A surf buddy can help you out if you need help.
  • Surf Conditions. Make sure that you are aware of the surf conditions.
  • Warm-up and stretch. Always have a quick warm-up and stretch before entering the surf. Warm-ups and stretching will help prevent injuries.

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