SURFING WATER SAFETY
Keeping yourself and others around you while surfing is crucial and there are many factors to keep in mind both the obvious such as weather conditions and currents and the not so obvious like sea life such as sharks and jelly fish lurking or rocks and jetties. While it is a great idea to check your local forecast and water conditions sometimes thunderstorms can emerge out of nowhere and with no prior notice so if you hear thunder even if there is no rain get out of the water asap. It is also a good idea to make sure you understand what the different color flags on the beach mean. For example; the red flag is the most severe of all the color coded flags, this means the waters are dangerous and to use extreme caution while you can still swim at your own risk, however if two red flags are posted this means swimming is prohibited and the waters are closed. The yellow flags indicate ocean conditions are rough but surfers and swimmers alike can still swim but be aware of dangerous rip currents and undertows, it can also mean their is a risk of rocks or bait fish allure to predators. The green flag simply means that all is clear and swimming is advisable but still be visual ant and adhere to lifegaurd warnings while in the waters. The blue and purple flags represent dangerous marine life in the waters such as jellyfish, sharks etc. extreme caution is recommended as with this type of marine life present injuries are very possible.
SURFING ETIQUETTE BASICS
Surfing is more than just a water sport nowadays it has evolved into a culture or a subculture within a mainstream culture, the surfing culture has been around for decades and continues to prosper. The surfing culture has expanded far beyond the realms of just surfing n the water surfing is always available on dry land with surfing apparel, gear, style, artistic surf style art and flare even adopting their own surf lingo. Only true surfers know this lingo wanna be surfers not so much but try and this holds true throughout many surfing communities and surf cities and countries worldwide. The surfing culture is not limited to one type of person or persons it is intertwined and is open for all to enjoy in the water or on land it’s for the young and old men and women, boys and girls. However, there is one thing that has not changed over the surfing culture revolution; and that is surfing etiquette. Surfing etiquette is a way to communicate with other surfers in the water at the same time since there is a lot of background noises such as other people swimming maybe boats, wind etc. hearing a fellow surfer is not always possible plus it also serves as the traffic rules on the water like cars on roads; right of way and wave courtesy to name a few they are about ten rules in all. Mari Dmowski