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Surfing Safety Statistics with Surfstitch
As a potentially risky sport, there’s a heightened importance placed on the need to stay safe. For that reason, there aren’t as many injuries on the waves as you might expect.
With safety at the forefront of everything surfers do, it means on average there are just 2.2 injuries suffered per surfer for every 1,000 days.
And, usually, these aren’t that serious. Generally speaking, the most common injuries are:
- The leg. Which is an area where 46% of all surfing injuries occur.
- The head and face. 26% of injuries are to these parts of the body.
- The back. 13% of spills needing medical treatment involve someone’s back.
- Shoulders and arms. Similarly these share 13% of all scrapes.
Unfortunately, it’s a surfer’s best friend which is the most common cause of getting hurt. Coming into contact with a board itself accounts for 45% of all damage done, with wipe outs tallying 36% and a harsh impact with the seabed accounting for 18%.
And, just as is the case with any extreme sport, risk of death is sadly also a factor. 2.38 in every 100,000 surfers will drown every year in Australia. While those numbers are thankfully quite low, it’s still something everyone taking to the waves needs to be wary of.
Source: Sports Medicine Australia
Useful Safety Tips for Beginner Surfers
It’s numbers like these which hammer home the importance of practicing safe surfing you can. Most experienced heads will know all the dos and don’ts, but what if you’re a beginner?
If you’re new to the sport, make sure to keep all of these tips in mind to prevent harm to both yourself and those around you.
- Check the weather. The natural environment can have a huge impact on how safe you are. Make sure to check conditions are smooth and clear throughout the day, as well as how the tides are behaving. In time you should be able to visually identify when the ocean is safe or not. If you’re unsure, ask a lifeguard on the beach.
- Stay with your board. Remember, when you wipe out your board will always stay above the water. Be sure to stick with it if you’re in choppy waters where you’re finding it hard to stay in control.
- Crash safely. It sounds like an oxymoron, but there is a way to wipe out where you lower the chances of getting hurt. Always protect your head with your arms, to prevent it coming into contact with the seabed or your board.
- Help others if they’re struggling. If you see someone else who might be in trouble, lend a hand. That’s so long as you’re not putting yourself in danger by doing so.
- Check your equipment. It goes without saying that you'll need to ensure all your equipment is in good condition before a surf. Anything faulty is going to increase your chances of a crash, and therefore getting hurt.
Top Surfing Spots
Australia really is spoilt for choice when it comes to finding an idyllic location to tackle. Here are just four of the best locations for you try.
- Copacabana Beach. Located in New South Wales, this fantastic spot is somewhere experienced surfers head to for a challenge. Powerful breaks and strong swells make for an exciting surf every time you head there. What’s more, there’s a whale viewing platform for people to check out when they’re done on the waves.
- Redbill Beach. Found in Bicheno, this 1km-long curved beach has waves which reach between 0.5m and 1m high, making them a worthy challenge for surfers of all abilities. Interestingly, there’s also a low risk of sunburn thanks to the UV rays present in the area.
- Waitpinga Beach. This one isn’t for the faint-hearted. Waves can reach as high as 3m, with high rip occurrences and a variety of right and left-hand breaks. It’s advised you only ever visit this beach with friends, even if you’re experienced.
- Dicky Beach. Named after the S.S. Dicky, which crashed and was left abandoned there in 1893, this beach is perfect for beginners. Clear waters and a bunch of local amenities make it a great spot to check out with the whole family.
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