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Helmets are commonly used in pretty much every other “extreme” sport other than surfing.
However, that doesn’t make risks of head or brain injury any less likely while you surf.
Here are some times when you can risk an injury to your head while surfing:
Wiping out on big waves at high speed can be like falling on concrete.
Hitting the reef with your head will cause some serious damage.
Having your board or someone else’s surfboard hit you in the head.
If you’re not wearing a helmet and these things occur, the best case scenario is a sore head, and the worse cause scenario is a traumatic brain injury or death – by impact or being knocked unconscious and drowning.
While it may feel a little foreign at first, wearing a helmet when you surf can greatly reduce your risks of serious injury or death.
If you surf waves of consequences or in areas where an impact to the head is likely, a surfing helmet might just save your life.
Again, if you’re not used to wearing a helmet or even a hat while you surf, it’s going to feel a little weird until you get used to it.
Given the light-weight and comfort of most surfing helmets, the biggest weird thing you’ll probably notice will be how it affects your hearing.
At first, some types of sounds may feel louder and others will feel muffled. Just takes a little time to get used to it.