Surviving a wipe out
is one thing and avoiding a wipe out is another. You might
be able to avoid a serious wipeout all together by never
entering dangerous or unknown waters without first doing
some research to find out about the unique or hidden dangers.
Local surfers, surf shops or life guards can be excellent
sources of information so ask them.
Surviving a wipe-out:
When falling try to put
some distance between you and the board so it doesn't hit
Take a good breath before
you hit the water - you could be under for some time.
As you go under curl up
your body and use your arms to protect your head and face
as you may get hit by the board, or collide with rocks,
coral, sharks teeth or other solid stuff. Exhaling slightly
can help prevent the water (at high pressure) from entering
your nostrils. Its probably a good idea to keep your mouth
shut and teeth clenched as this will prevent you from cutting
your tongue and if your head or jaw takes a big klonk.
Keep you eyes closed initially,
but it might be useful to open them when things calm a bit
so you know which direction to swim up to the surface.
When surfacing quickly grab
your leash, find your surfboard and if the surf is crashing
get the hell out of there!
If you are injured or need
assistance signal for help immediately and stay with