When falling always try to fall backwards
and away from the surfboard, as this ensures the surfboard
continues to the beach and is not in the wave behind you
to be pushed on top of you. Falling backwards also helps
us to fall shallow to avoid crashing into the bottom,
as you will be falling onto the wave.
While under water, always put your arms
around your head as you don't know where your surfboard
is, or you may hit the bottom. We always try to delay
coming up quickly, as the surfboard could be still up
in the air, ready to come down on your head!
Always put your hand up first when surfacing
for the same reasons above, you don't know where your
surfboard is and it could be directly above you. The fins
are sharp and can leave a nasty gash requiring stitching.
Never Never jump or dive off your board.
You don't know when moving along exactly how deep the
Don't panic. Surfers don't drown because
of this very important point. When you are getting a workover
from the wipe out, just relax, roll around and have fun.
The wave will eventually let you go and then you can re-surface.
If you fight against the wave, you are just using up oxygen
and energy on a fight you will never win.